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Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra

Willem Jeths' musical language has become gradually less atonal over the years. His most recent compositions even have a prominent ground tone. Densely orchestrated sound blocks rub along one another and overlap in an idiom that might remind one more of Ligeti or Rihm than a typical composer of the Dutch school. It is worth noting that Willem Jeths won two prices at the 1996 International Composition Competition in Vienna, for his violin concert Glenz and for his Piano Concerto. The jury included Wolfgang Rihm, Gerard Grisey, Franco Donatoni, Lothar Knessl and Friedrich Cerha - composers who, like Jeths, are intensely attuned to sound as an aspect of composition. Jeths also won the ''Amsterdamprijs voor de kunst'' for his ouvre in 2014. Although a work by Willem Jeths might suggest the existence of a clear-cut plan, forms and structures fade to the background during the composition process. Jeths is driven by spirit and fancy, unfettered by predetermined routes or goals. Because he is so conscious of the basic material, the resulting form, individual and personal, appears to the listener as a taut, consistent concept that unifies the piece. This apparently contradiction, in which aesthetics and working method seem to collide, remains one of the most intriguing aspects, both musically and personally, of Willem Jeths.

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The tell-tale heart
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Bruckner No. 7
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Requiem
Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra / Netherlands Radio Choir / James Gaffigan / Willem Jeths
Atlantis
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Symphonies Nos. 2 & 4 (second version)
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Symphonies Nos. 1 and 5
Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra
Violin Concerto No. 1, Op. 77 / In tempus praesens
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Symphonies nos. 1-9
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Symphonies nos. 6 and 7
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Symphony no. 1 | Recorder concerto
Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra / Erik Bosgraaf / Karin Strobos
Symphonies nos. 3 and 4 (first version)
Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra
Symphony no. 1 in C Minor
Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra
St Luke Passion
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Symphony in C / Tristan und Isolde / Siegfried Idyll
Edo de Waart / Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra
The Spirit Of Turtle [Longbox]
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Symphonies Nos. 1-8
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Afscheid van een springlevend orkest
Radio Kamer Filharmonie
Symphony no. 6
Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra / Jaap van Zweden
Symphony no. 3
Jaap van Zweden / Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra
Symphony No. 8
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Uptown|Downtown - an urban panorma in six movements
Netherlands Radio Chamber Philharmonic / Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra
War Requiem Op. 66
Jaap van Zweden / Netherlands Radio Philharmonic
Parsifal
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La Damnation de Faust (International edition)
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La Damnation de Faust
Bernard Haitink & Radio Filharmonisch Orkest & Groot Omroepkoor
Meistersinger - an orchestral tribute
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Der Ring - Tristan und Isolde - Parsifal
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Live At The Concertgebouw
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