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The Netherlands Symphony Orchestra

The Netherlands Symphony Orchestra is based in Enschede, in the province of Overijssel. Performing at an international level, as evidenced by its highly acclaimed CDs and invitations for international tours, the orchestra is firmly rooted in society.
Jan Willem de Vriend has been its artistic director and chief conductor since 2006. He will be succeeded by Ed Spanjaard in 2017. Under De Vriend’s leadership, the orchestra has expanded its repertoire to cover music from four centuries. Its use of period instruments in the Classical repertoire gives the orchestra a distinctive and highly individual character.
The Netherlands Symphony Orchestra performs amongst others in Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Utrecht, Enschede, Zwolle and Deventer. In addition, it has made successful tours of the United States, Spain and England and it often works with the Dutch National Touring Opera Company. In its home town Enschede, the orchestra builds on a symphonic tradition of more than 80 years, and it is known as one of the most modern and entrepreneurial orchestras in the Netherlands.
The Netherlands Symphony Orchestra created a number of ensembles, such as a chamber orchestra, the Baroque Academy of the Netherlands Symphony Orchestra (BANSO) and various chamber music ensembles. The orchestra’s commitment to expanding its social relevance is also reflected in the large number of projects in which education is a key element.
The orchestra has worked with distinguished conductors, such as its former chief conductor Jaap van Zweden, Vasily Petrenko, Edo de Waart, Claus Peter Flor and Tan Dun. It also has accompanied many celebrated soloists, including Gidon Kremer, Ronald Brautigam, Natalia Gutman, Charlotte Margiono, Jean-Yves Thibaudet and Thomas Zehetmair.

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Ludwig van Beethoven
The Complete Piano Concertos (reissue)
Hannes Minnaar | Jan Willem de Vriend | The Netherlands Symphony Orchestra
Eric Vloeimans, Martin Fondse
Evensong
Eric Vloeimans / The Netherlands Symphony Orchestra / Jurjen Hempel
Ludwig van Beethoven
Complete Symphonies & Concertos (box set)
The Netherlands Symphony Orchestra / Jan Willem de Vriend
Ludwig van Beethoven
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
Complete Symphonies
Jan Willem de Vriend / The Netherlands Symphony Orchestra
Ludwig van Beethoven
Piano Concertos nos. 1 & 2
Hannes Minnaar / Jan Willem de Vriend / The Netherlands Symphony Orchestra
Johann Sebastian Bach
Matthäus Passion
Jan Willem de Vriend / The Netherlands Symphony Orchestra
Piano Concertos 4 & 5
Hannes Minnaar / Jan Willem de Vriend / The Netherlands Symphony Orchestra
Felix Mendelssohn
Symphonies nos. 4 & 5
Jan Willem de Vriend / The Netherlands Symphony Orchestra
Felix Mendelssohn
Complete Symphonies vol. 2: Symphony nos.1 & 3
The Netherlands Symphony Orchestra / Jan Willem de Vriend
Krossover - opera revisited
Tania Kross
Krossover, opera revisited [LIMITED EDITION]
Tania Kross
Recordings
Netherlands Symphony Orchestra
Evensong
Eric Vloeimans / The Netherlands Symphony Orchestra / Jurjen Hempel
Symphony no. 2 ('Lobgesang')
Jan Willem de Vriend / The Netherlands Symphony Orchestra / Choir Consensus Vocalis
Ludwig van Beethoven
Triple Concerto & Archduke Trio
Storioni Trio / The Netherlands Symphony Orchestra / Jan Willem de Vriend
Ludwig van Beethoven
Symphony no. 9 (Complete symphonies vol. 5)
Jan Willem de Vriend / The Netherlands Symphony Orchestra
Ludwig van Beethoven
Symphonies nos. 2 & 3 (Complete Symphonies Vol. 4)
Jan Willem de Vriend / The Netherlands Symphony Orchestra
Ludwig van Beethoven
Symphonies nos. 7 & 8 (Complete symphonies vol. 3)
Jan Willem de Vriend / The Netherlands Symphony Orchestra
Ludwig van Beethoven
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
Ludwig van Beethoven
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
Egmont / Wellingtons Sieg
Orkest van het Oosten / The Netherlands Symphony Orchestra

Videos

Jan Willem de Vriend short interview (in Dutch)
Jan Willem de Vriend The Netherlands Symphony Orchestra - Complete Symphonies
Jan Willem de Vriend asks 'Where is Mendelssohn?'