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Bram Heemskerk

The media exposure of Janine Jansen

May 20, 2010 at 10:35 AM

Some people manage to focus attention on themself. Apart of being a great violinist Janine Jansen manage to be in every tv-show in the Netherlands. Perhaps her colleague André Rieu is more popular. Here with Roger Moore on tv (will she be the next Bond-girl?)





Now you see her on a tankstation with her latest cd between all pop-artists and classical singer Cecilia Bartoli. You can get those cd's by buying petrol.

She made a glossy with an interview with Sting (of the Police):

And than suddenly you see her again in a busstation to promote the tourist information. Oh no not again  Perhaps some people will become Janine Jansen-tired but her aim is to promote classical music for an as broad as possible public. She has I think a lot of succes in that. Her activities and manifestations are not only in concerthalls. Some people will think: Oh, is there only 1 violinist in the Netherlands (except 3/4-bar violinist André Rieu) who focus all attention on her. Who will push this violinqueen from the throne?  What will be her next publicity-step? Playing together with André Rieu in his castle in a soccerstation?


Posted on May 20, 2010 at 11:12 AM

Well, she may be a kind of national celebrity there, as Mutter in Germany.

From John Cadd
Posted on May 20, 2010 at 6:51 PM

Lucky people to have such programs. A wonderful combination.Lucky Roger.Lucky Janine.  I never knew he was really romantic.I was waiting for a tear at the end.

From Rafael Videira
Posted on May 20, 2010 at 8:53 PM

I actually prefer Janine's exposure to the media than, lets say, Lady Gaga... And Janine is not a 3/4 violinist, but rather an accomplished player, so, why not have space in the media???

Manfio is right concerning her popularity in the Netherlands... she might be seen as a "violin hero" up there...

From Laurie Niles
Posted on May 20, 2010 at 9:03 PM

It's great to see a violinist on a bus-stop billboard, etc. You go Janine!

From Anne-Marie Proulx
Posted on May 20, 2010 at 10:00 PM

Happy for her!


From Corwin Slack
Posted on May 21, 2010 at 12:23 AM

Unimaginable here in the US. I suspect that most violinists don't even prefer classical music.

From Pauline Lerner
Posted on May 21, 2010 at 1:56 AM

There is such a big cultural difference between the Netherlands and the U.S.  I can't imagine selling culture in gas stations in the U.S.

Perhaps her next stunt should be to play with the pianist Lang Lang,  He does outrageous things to promote both classical music and himself.  On second thought, he is such a ham that he probably wouldn't want to perform with anyone else. 

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From Anne-Marie Proulx
Posted on May 21, 2010 at 2:31 AM

"He does outrageous things to promote both classical music and himself.  On second thought, he is such a ham that he probably wouldn't want to perform with anyone else. "


He still played with Repin and Mayski in a trio not that long ago. (see on youtube)

I don't know if he promotes himself or not but he's (volontarly or not, that I don't know) quite a show to see ; )  What some do with high fashion look, he does it with spectacular body expression. (doesn't mean he hasn't talent though ; ) Sure he's very telented.

It's so difficult for artists today, they don't want to act like the olds because they live in 2010. Yet there are modern and old fashion opinions on what they should do. They know that music no longer sells for itself alone in 2010. So, they absoluntly have to figure how to stick out of the mass with a non musical detail to sell cds and be in demand.   Quite a challenge... 

But in the end, everyone his style and for every style a listener!  


Generally speaking, this could possibly be why artists have to be so good so young today (or seem so good).  Because after they have to pass so much time on promotion and advertizing. 

Happy for them if it works! It definitivly seems to work for Mrs Janson! 

From Bram Heemskerk
Posted on May 21, 2010 at 8:26 AM

I forget to tell that even in supermarkets and druggists in the Netherlands you can buy cd's and dvd's.

In this druggist "Kruidvat" you even can buy rarities named the Golden Age of the romantic pianoconcerto with 20 cd's for about 30 dollar ( I think the dollar and Euro are nearly even). Apart of the more well known piano concerto's of Tchaikovsky, Liszt en Rachmaninoff   also a lot of rare romantic pianoconcerto's of Henselt (Kalkbrenner, Von Bülow, Alkan, Litolff, Hummel, Goetz, Glazunov, Pierné, Scharwenka, Rubinstein. Do you know those pieces? The change is 0 to hear them ever in your concerthall, so go to the druggist for high culture.

In supermarkets in the Netherlands you also can buy now a computer and clothing.

From John Cadd
Posted on May 22, 2010 at 9:43 PM

One of my favourite discs is a set of Brandenburg Concertos from a pound shop.

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