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A heartfelt interview with Rob van de Laar and Thomas Beijer


Rob van de Laar, is the Principal Horn of the Mozarteum Salzburg. As a soloist first disc, he chose the great music of the German Romanticism for Horn. Brahms’ Trio was composed in 1865, during a peaceful summer at Clara Schumann’s house in the Black Forest. The album is available now and Rob van de Laar and pianist Thomas Beijergave a heartfelt interview about this beautiful debut album on Challenge Classics: here

The Adagio and Allegro by Schumann was composed in 1849 and is one of a series of miniatures for different solo instruments and piano written by Schumann in Dresden in 1849. Schumann was among the first to explore the expanded possibilities offered by the new valve horn.
Schubert wrote his song Auf dem Strom in 1828, the final year of his short life, to a text by Ludwig Rellstab (1799-1860). It was written for a concert at the Vienna Musikverein, marking the first anniversary of the death of Ludwig van Beethoven on 26 March. Schubert, who was a great admirer of Beethoven, saw his opportunity to compose a special song as an ode to the master. He added a dazzling horn part here.
The composer Karl Pilss (1902-1979) is perhaps best known among brass players, having written concertos for trumpet, horn and bass trombone, as well as a number of works for brass ensemble. The influences of Richard Strauss, Gustav Mahler and his composition teacher Franz Schmidt can be clearly heard in his music.

In January 2017, Rob will receive the Nederlandse Muziekprijs (Dutch Music Award), which is the highest accolade that can be awarded by the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science (OCW) to a musician working in the field of classical music. The prize is awarded upon recommendation by the Advisory Committee Dutch Music Award, which is hosted by the Performing Arts Fund.

Rob was a member of the Hague Philharmonic Orchestra from 2008 until 2013, when he was appointed Principal Horn of Arnhem Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2016, he became Principal Horn of the Mozarteumorchester, Salzburg. As a guest principal, he has worked with many leading orchestras, including the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Seoul Philharmonic, KBS Symphony Orchestra Seoul and Brussels Philharmonic, under esteemed conductors such as Bernhard Haitink, Mariss Jansons and Nikolaus Harnoncourt.

As soloist, Rob has appeared with the Brabants Orkest, the South Netherlands Philharmonic, Arnhem Philharmonic Orchestra, the Anhaltische Philharmonie Dessau, Youth Orchestra of the Netherlands and the Orchestra of the Royal Conservatory in The Hague, playing concertos by Joseph Haydn, W.A. Mozart and Richard Strauss.

For information about Rob's new and debut album on Challenge Classics called 'Heartfelt', go to: http://www.challengerecords.com/produ...

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