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mein beethoven

Mein Beethoven . Without competition so far … wonderful music … enchanting, dreamlike, story-telling, groovy.
SÜDDEUTSCHE ZEITUNG 2015

CD of the double month.
PIANO NEWS 2015

Mein Beethoven … makes Germany’s leading double bass player also one of the most original band leaders in the country … Beethoven is enjoyable and very much worth a listen.! – recommendation of the month,
FONO-FORUM 2015

CD of the month.
STEREO 2015

… highly sophisticated, a real gift for those who might be discoverers of Jazz.
RHEINISCHE POST 2015

What Ilg/Böhm/Héral give you is simply intelligent and beautiful music. Concerto, Februar 2015
My Beethoven Without competition so far … wonderful music … enchanting, dreamy, story-telling, groovy.
SÜDDEUTSCHE ZEITUNG2015

… pure, inspirational Jazz delivered by a virtuoso trio.
KLASSIK NEWSLETTER ONLINE 2015

Always new, always exciting, always thrilling.
CONCERTI 2015

Beethoven … would certainly have thoroughly enjoyed this homage to his music.
SÜDKURIER 2015

Bassist Dieter Ilg, one of the best of our time … offers a new perspective on the genius composer.
MDR FIGARO 2015

parsifal

Dieter Ilg opens another world for you with his playing, aptly supported by Patrice Hérals fine drumming. Rainer Böhm is a pianist of his time
SÜDKURIER 2013

Parsifal stands out as a complete work with its variety. It promises to make music you could call obsolete come to live in a new way.
JAZZPODIUM 2013

The emotional content of Wagner’s “Bühnenweihfestspiel” shines through in the smooth interaction, raging solo passages as well as the dreamy ballad-feels this trio provides us with. Let those Wagnerians raise their one eyebrow when “Tor” isn’t only “pure” but also funky
WIENER ZEITUNG 2013

It is an immense pleasure to follow this examination by three musical personalities who explore their own music as well as Wagner’s themes and motives. KULTURZEITSCHRIFT

Ilg has come up with a pretty intriguing and stunning arrangement of Wagner’s material and a bold re-interpretation of his gigantic cosmos into spheres in which Jazz-coordinates such as ‘improvisation’, ‘intuition’ and ‘spontaneous interaction’ can unfold to great effect. Wagner is fun – that is an achievement!
HR2 KULTUR 2013

otello

Reputation preceded Ilg and his project, having been awarded a Jazz- ECHO in 2011. A sublime live recording, highly praised by the critics, is now available. And the encounter with the “great bass word(?) of German Jazz”, the German world-class bass player, has met all expectations.
SÜDKURIER Feb 2012

Three genius musicians whose scope goes from gentle, other-worldly ballads (Love duet Otello-Desdemona) to ‘horror’ (Iago’s scheming). Ilg’s solo alone, (characterising Iago) would be worth buying a ticket.
REMSZEITUNG 2012

This re-working of Verdi’s melodic and harmonic ideas is outstanding – on CD as well as live. This is not “opera light”, this is a heartfelt musical piece complete on its own.
RHEINISCHE POST 2010

Pure musical brilliance.
KUNST & KULTUR 2010

Fans of the advanced art of improvising will thoroughly enjoy the music these three intelligent and versatile musicians make together.
HAMBURGER ABENDBLATT 2010

Dieter Ilgs outstanding bass playing is at the centre of this set up, supported by Rainer Böhm’s virtuosity on the piano and Patrice Héral’s delicate and sensitive drumming, who also surprises with his tasteful use of some electronic features.
GENERAL ANZEIGER BONN 2010

Dieter Ilg is one of the world’s finest bass players, popular in Europe as well as the States. He is side-man to some of the world’s leading Jazz artists but as a soloist he breaks all bounds. Only he can fascinate an audience for 2 hours solid alone with his 100-year old double bass. Only he dares turn old folksongs such as “im Märzen der Bauer’ or “Winter ade” into Jazz pieces. But to combine Opera with Jazz? Well, Ilg manages to surprise and enchant the audience, which pays him back with enthusiastic applause that doesn’t want to end.
AUGSBURGER ALLGEMEINE 2010

Ilg and his musical allies manage to keep the dignity in Verdi’s music intact without denying their own identity as improvising Jazz artists. These improvisations are soaked in everything jazz has to offer in melody and groove.
MANNHEIMER MORGEN 2010

It is fascinating how Dieter Ilg manages to blend Opera and Jazz into one. Verdi would have liked it – as did the audience
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SÜDWEST-Presse ULM 2010

solo

An musical adventure crowned with great success.
JAZZPAGES 2010

Bringing together opera and jazz? Well, Dieter Ilg manages masters the challenge to a degree that his audience is first amazed, then captured and finally expresses its admiration with enthusiastic applause.
AUGSBURGER ALLGEMEINE 2010

more press Genius musicality and a contagious joy of playing
SÜDWEST PRESS 2010

You almost can’t get enough… a calm, understated album, touching in its warmth.
BZ 2010

… as a creator he points the way, as a soloist he is outstanding. You can sense the great emotion that is underlying in this opera.
RONDO 2010

One of the Greats of the global jazz scene enchanted his audience with his trio Saturday night!
BT 2009

Simply genius. Superb. Outstanding… this project will become part of music history.
SZ 2009

Dieter Ilg’s joy of playing is immense yet he never forgets what is most important to him: a gentle variation of tradition. Virtuosity for virtuosity’s sake is not his thing. The focus lies on the music, not the musician. Fabulous.
STUTTGARTER ZEITUNG 2010

Just him and his bass. Magnificent! KULTURRADIO 04/09: With the very first notes he elicits from his Joseph-Rubner-Bass (built in 1912) it is clear: all will be well! From the first note that is being plucked you want to follow him – be it the old traditional works song “Es, es, es und es”, a melody from Verdi’s “Rigoletto” or John Coltrane’s Blues “Cousin Mary”. The bass notes bubble or shimmer as flageolet that it is pure joy. And it gets most exciting when Ilg starts dismantling old familiar melodies to then reconstruct them in an entirely new way. Bravo! ALLGÄUER ZEITUNG 2009

Ilg makes the audience perceive the bass as a solo instrument. Great! JAZZ’N MORE 03/09 Dieter Ilg. Trio, Duo and now solo: great jazz! … one of the best of his trade!
AUGSBURGER ALLGEMEINE 2009

Ilg know where it’s at FONOFORUM 01 / 09 BASS is a strong solo album. The audience gets to hear that the bass not only works as an accompaniment but that you can actually tell stories on this instrument.
CD KRITIK.DE 2008

Fascinating interpretations. Virtuoso discourses created by this versatile and internationally highly respected musician from Freiburg captivate us with their narrative motives which are incapsulated in wonderfully sonorous sounds.
IMAGE HIFI 2008

Without any safety net or “double bottom” – i.e. no studio tricks or effects – this double bass player from Freiburg still convinces us with his new, pure bass solo album. It doesn’t more clever than that.
TONART 2008

The sounds that Ilg coaxed out his for string are sensational: He let them shimmer flamenco-style, he pulled and tucked them with percussive force, drumming wildly on the corpus or gently strumming the strings as if playing a romantic guitar serenade. Not a single moment of boredom, just utter enjoyment for the listener.
MANNHEIMER MORGEN 2008

You could say that Dieter Ilg is “the word” when it comes to bass playing on the German Jazz scene. Almost like no other he understands how to use all the possibilities of his instrument so as to make his skillful sound applicable in every context imaginable. He managed to bridge the gap between working on his own creative projects (taking it as far as founding his own label) while at the same time consolidating his reputation as one of the most sought after sidemen in Europe. In April 2008 Dieter Ilg gave a solo performance at Schloss Elmau. He produced and created pieces which may define contemporary jazz bass playing for a long time to come, presented with such ease and intensity that the boundaries of this instrument are moved and extended almost unnoticeably.
JAZZPODIUM 2008

Without any safety net or “double bottom” – i.e. no studio tricks or effects – this double bass player from Freiburg still convinces us with his new, pure bass solo album. It doesn’t more clever than that.
TONART 2008

The way he plucks, caresses or beats the bass – making the instrument melodic as well as rhythmic, constantly interchanging in between the two – magnificent!
MAINPOST 2008

Dieter Ilg’s playing is seldom abstract but always extremely illustrative. He takes his listeners on a journey through an inner imagery world. The audience witnesses a musician at the high point of his career.
BZ 2008

By now Dieter Ilg is a genuine “classic” as a bass player with his modern articulation and storytelling style. He knows how to dive into the unknown and yet he always finds his way back onto the more familiar path. This is what makes him unique – as proven by the audiences reaction this evening.
DARMSTÄDTER ECHO 2008

The sound of his double bass is phenomenal… Dieter Ilg plays with enormous virtuosity – though playing solo he never loses sight of the foundations of the bass. With ease he manages to present a varied album of a quality with which not many could compete.
BASSPROFESSOR 2008

Ilgs virtuosity has depth, his sophisticated technique is solid, trustworthy and his joy of playing is contagious. His earthy drive and stupendous virtuosity are deeply convincing, his musicality goes beyond the vibrating strings. Charming in its humour – his bass seems to be one of Ilg’s best friends.
GENERALANZEIGER 2008

Again and again this exceptional musician plucked the strings with both hands, played multi layered melodic phrases and used the bass’s corpus as a percussion instrument. Wonderfully soft flageolets mixed with overtone sounds and driving grooves. The audience was listening so hard you could have heard that needle drop.
ESSLINGER ZEITUNG 2008

Dieter Ilg is one of the best double bass players in the world, a statement easily confirmed by the fact that he has been asked to play with numerous American Jazz Greats. This – for a German – is about as likely as it is to become the King of England. Bass-king Ilg spreads layers of chords, sometimes playing the bass like a guitar to get percussive and other wondrous sound effects out of his instrument – so much so that sometimes you might think you are listening to a didgeridoo. Of course he also seduces his listeners with the most beautiful, singing-like bass sounds that can be heard in the Jazz world at the moment.”
SZ 2005

Every time Ilg lures soft, melodious sounds out of his bass – improvising for minutes at a time, his fingers moving energetically on the fret – listeners will open their eyes to the virtuosity and their hearts to the breathtaking intensity that Ilg puts on display.
NEUE OSNABRÜCKER ZEITUNG 2005

…I have to simply say: Dieter Ilg is one of the best double bass players I have heard.” BERLINER ZEITUNG 03/05 “Anyone playing melodies like this on a double bass should simply be knighted.
SPEYERER MORGENPOST 2003

Ilg is a phenomenal musician. His repertoire of timbres, groove and melody, which he continously transforms without any effort, is impressive.
NEUE LUZERNER ZEITUNG 2003

Ilg inspired … the transcendent world of overtones opened up rare dimensions of spiritual expression delighting the audience.
SCHWÄBISCHE ZEITUNG 2003

At last Dieter Ilg with his incredible technique and wealth of ideas has proven himself as one of the world’s best bass players.
BRAUNSCHWEIGER ZEITUNG 2002

With Ilg on your side there is no need for a band or an orchestra.
BADISCHE ZEITUNG 2000

… an example for the well deserved and growing confidence of the German jazz scene: Dieter Ilg. Ambitious and unpretentious he treads softly, briliant as a sideman as well as a band leader … a subtle mediator, a reliable and saving anchor …
JAZZTHING 2000

Again Ilg proves that he does belong among the best bass players of our time.
JAZZPODIUM 1999

Rarely does a double bass sound this erotic.
LANDESZEITUNG 1998

Ilg himself delights the audience with a multitude of musical ideas and his melodious sound.
DIE PRESSE – WIEN 1998

The German bass player counts as one of the best in Europe, his contribution to the multicultural language of improvisation in Jazz today is enchanting and convincing.
CH-AARGAUER ZEITUNG / Kultur 1997

… Dieter Ilg, one of the best bass players in Europe …
FOCUS 1997

Ilg shines as a passionate storyteller with a gift of articulate thought.
JAZZTIMES 1993

A double bass player with mature fantasy and rounded tone.
AUDIO 1993

Now another name must be added to the list or European monster bassists. Dieter Ilg is in the middle of this music like a throbbing heart …
THOMAS CONRAD, NEW YORK 1993

Ilg made his instrument sing and rejoice with masterful skill. Never letting his virtuosity get in the way he plays his bass with enormous density like a melodic instrument, weaving a soundscape of intense and subtle colours.
WAZ 1992

Ilg shapes his motives like a piece of clay: warm, dark, melodic and always comprehensible.
JAZZPODIUM – Reinhard Köchl 1992

Dieter Ilg showed himself to be an inspiring force, technically outstanding and musically exciting.
FRANKFURTER RUNDSCHAU 1990

He is cabaple of producing raging tremoli as well as sharp and cutting single sounds of exceptional brilliance. It is no wonder that this man is famous for his sound.
MANNHEIMER ZEITUNG 1989

Dieter Ilg … he makes and meets demands …
STUTTGARTER ZEITUNG 1989

the artistic rise of the year
WESERKURIER 1988