"Music acts like a magic key, to which the most tightly closed heart opens." - Maria von Trapp

Over the past 30 years, Combattimento Consort Amsterdam has established a strong national and international reputation. The ensemble is famous for the high quality and energy of its performances. That, together with its varied and often surprising and unfamiliar repertoire, for formations ranging from chamber ensemble to chamber orchestra, and from oratorios to operas, has made it one of the most successful Baroque ensembles in the world. The Combattimento Consort’s roughly 60 performances a year are distinguished by the originality of the ensemble’s presentation, led by one of the trend-setting conductors in Dutch musical life, Jan Willem de Vriend, who in November 2012 received the Radio 4 Prize.

The Combattimento Consort has gone on a number of tours in recent years to Germany, Spain, Central Europe, South America, Japan, Russia and the United States. It has recorded more than 35 CDs and DVDs – this year, its CD of Handel’s Concerto Grossi op. 6 will be released. The ensemble has worked with prominent soloists such as Barbara Bonney, Andreas Scholl and Sol Gabeta, Thomas Zehetmair and Sabine Meyer, as well as with the Netherlands Chamber Choir, the Nationale Reisopera and Cappella Amsterdam.

The spearhead of its artistic direction is the performance of unfamiliar and as yet unpublished repertoire. Innumerable searches through libraries, churches and cloisters over the past 30 years have resulted in a notable collection of remarkable performances. In 2007, for example, Combattimento Consort Amsterdam presented Arminio, the only surviving opera of Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber. Over the years, it has developed a distinctive style of playing, which has even come to be known as the “Combattimento School” of performance. Recognizable and energetic, inventive, style-conscious and inspiring. The ensemble presents itself as a “consort”, but with the visibility of the “individual”. Jan Willem de Vriend leads the Combattimento Consort from the “first chair”, appearing as a conductor only in the larger productions (operas and oratorios). The instrumental soloists are in most cases members of the ensemble.

Jan Willem de Vriend is the artistic director of Combattimento Consort Amsterdam and since 2006 the chief conductor and artistic director of the Netherlands Symphony Orchestra.

Combattimento Consort Amsterdam devotes itself to the music of about 1600 to 1830. Since its founding in 1982, it has performed virtually throughout the world as well as on many CDs, DVDs and television productions.

Since De Vriend was named chief conductor in 2006, the Netherlands Symphony Orchestra has become a notable phenomenon on the Netherlands’ musical scene. It has presented semi-scenic performances of works by Mozart, Beethoven, Strauss and Mendelssohn. There were premieres of works by Offenbach, Say and Mahler. And by substituting historical instruments in the brass section, it has developed its own distinctive sound in the 18th- and 19th-century repertoire. Recently, the orchestra performed music by Schumann at festivals in Spain. The release of Beethoven’s complete symphonies, conducted by De Vriend, is a big project which starts with the release of this current CD. Also the orchestra's long Mahler tradition is being continued in recordings and tours.

De Vriend has been a guest conductor with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, the Netherlands Radio Chamber Philharmonic, the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, The Hague Philharmonic and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, as well as orchestras in Germany, Sweden and Australia. He is often invited to conduct both in the Netherlands and abroad. He has engagements pending, for example, with The Hague Philharmonic, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra as well as orchestras in China, Germany, Austria and Italy.

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The Complete Symphonies Vol. 4 Symphony No. 5 D. 485 | Symphony No. 6 D. 589
Residentie Orkest The Hague / Jan Willem de Vriend
Arias and Overtures
Stavanger Symphony Orchestra / Jan Willem de Vriend / Mari Eriksmoen
Complete Symphonies & Concertos (box set)
The Netherlands Symphony Orchestra / Jan Willem de Vriend
The Complete Symphonies Vol. 3 Symphony No.9, D.944
Residentie Orkest The Hague / Jan Willem de Vriend
Complete Works for Piano Trio (box set)
Van Baerle Trio
Complete Works for Piano Trio vol. 5
Van Baerle Trio | Residentie Orkest The Hague
The Complete Symphonies Vol. 2 Symphony No.1, D.82 / Symphony No.3 D.200 / Symphony No.8 D.759
Residentie Orkest The Hague / Jan Willem de Vriend
Religious Tetralogy
Antwerp Symphony Orchestra
The Complete Symphonies Vol. 1 Symphony No. 2 D. 125 / Symphony No. 4 D. 417
Residentie Orkest The Hague / Jan Willem de Vriend
Piano Concerto No. 3
Hannes Minnaar / Jan Willem de Vriend / The Netherlands Symphony Orchestra
The Complete Piano Concertos
Hannes Minnaar / Jan Willem de Vriend / The Netherlands Symphony Orchestra
Ein deutsches Requiem, Op. 45
Jan Willem de Vriend
The Four Seasons
Jaap van Zweden
Complete Symphonies
Jan Willem de Vriend / The Netherlands Symphony Orchestra
Serenade no. 1 / Variations on a Theme by Haydn
Residentie Orkest The Hague
Piano Concertos nos. 1 & 2
Hannes Minnaar / Jan Willem de Vriend / The Netherlands Symphony Orchestra
Piano Concertos 4 & 5
Hannes Minnaar / Jan Willem de Vriend / The Netherlands Symphony Orchestra
Symphonies nos. 4 & 5
Jan Willem de Vriend / The Netherlands Symphony Orchestra
Complete Symphonies vol. 2: Symphony nos.1 & 3
The Netherlands Symphony Orchestra / Jan Willem de Vriend
Ladies First! Opera arias by Joseph Haydn
Lisa Larsson & Combattimento Consort Amsterdam
Recordings
Netherlands Symphony Orchestra
Symphony no. 2 ('Lobgesang')
Jan Willem de Vriend / The Netherlands Symphony Orchestra / Choir Consensus Vocalis
Triple Concerto & Archduke Trio
Storioni Trio / The Netherlands Symphony Orchestra / Jan Willem de Vriend
Concerti grossi op. 6
Combattimento Consort Amsterdam / Jan Willem de Vriend
Symphony no. 9 (Complete symphonies vol. 5)
Jan Willem de Vriend / The Netherlands Symphony Orchestra
Symphonies nos. 2 & 3 (Complete Symphonies Vol. 4)
Jan Willem de Vriend / The Netherlands Symphony Orchestra
Symphonies nos. 7 & 8 (Complete symphonies vol. 3)
Jan Willem de Vriend / The Netherlands Symphony Orchestra
Symphonies nos. 1 & 5 (Complete symphonies vol.2)
Jan Willem de Vriend / The Netherlands Symphony Orchestra
Violin Concerto & Romances
Liza Ferschtman / Jan Willem de Vriend / The Netherlands Symphony Orchestra
Concertos for oboe, strings & basso continuo
Pauline Oostenrijk / Jan Willem de Vriend / Baroque Academy of the Netherlands Symphony Orchestra
Symphonies nos. 4 & 6 (Complete Symphonies vol.1)
Jan Willem de Vriend / The Netherlands Symphony Orchestra
Symphony no. 1 (Hamburg 1893 version)
Netherlands Symphony Orchestra / Jan Willem de Vriend
Violin Concertos 1 & 2
The Netherlands Symphony Orchestra / Rudolf Koelman / Jan Willem de Vriend
Divertimenti
Combattimento Consort Amsterdam
Vriend en Strijd
Combattimento Consort Amsterdam
Brandenburg Concertos
Combattimento Consort Amsterdam
Egmont / Wellingtons Sieg
Orkest van het Oosten / The Netherlands Symphony Orchestra
Christmas Oratorio
Combattimento Consort Amsterdam
Weihnachts-Oratorium
Combattimento Consort Amsterdam
Händel: Agrippina
Combattimento Consort Amsterdam
La Resurrezione
Combattimento Consort Amsterdam
Concerti Grossi op. 3
Combattimento Consort Amsterdam
Soldiers, Gypsies, Farmers and a Night Watchman
Combattimento Consort Amsterdam
La Resurrezione
Combattimento Consort Amsterdam
Concerto Di Amsterdam
Combattimento Consort Amsterdam
Fidelio
Frank Groothof & Erna Sassen
Sonatae tam aris quam aulis servien
Combattimento Consort Amsterdam

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