Radio Chamber Orchestra

Johann Wilhelm Wilms

Format: CD
Label: Challenge Classics
UPC: 0608917214727
Catnr: CC 72147
Release date: 06 March 2006
2 CD
 
Label
Challenge Classics
UPC
0608917214727
Catalogue number
CC 72147
Release date
06 March 2006
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Wilms was the most important composer in the Amsterdam music world during the first half of the 19th century, but only few of his symphonies are available on CD. Born in Germany two years after Beethoven, he was influenced by the works of Haydn and Mozart.

Critically acclaimed Radio Chamber Orchestra (40 piece) toured worldwide and is well known for interpretations of Mozart, Haydn and Beethoven, but also of modern compositions. Anthony Halstead, born in Manchester (UK), conducted a.o. the Bach programme at BBC Proms.
De belangrijkste componist van de eerste helft van de 19e eeuw in het Amsterdamse muziekleven
Johann Wilhelm Wilms was in de eerste helft van de 19e eeuw de belangrijkste componist in het Amsterdamse muziekleven maar er zijn slechts weinig opnames van zijn werk. Hij werd twee jaar na Beethoven geboren (in 1687) in Duitsland en verhuisde later naar Amsterdam.

In 1808 werd Wilms benoemd tot lid van het Koninklijk Nederlandsch Instituut van Wetenschappen, Letteren en Schoone Kunsten, en hij behoorde tot de eerste leden van verdienste van de Maatschappij tot bevordering van de Toonkunst.

De symfonieën Opus 9, 10 en 14 zijn duidelijk gemaakt naar het voorbeeld van Haydn, en dan uiteraard specifiek naar de late Londense werken. Alle openingsdelen hebben een langzame inleiding en de hoofdmaatsoort in het eerste deel van Opus 10 is zes-achtste, net als in nummer 103 van Haydn, iets wat je bij Mozart niet zult vinden.
“Simphonie A Grand Orchestre Composée et Dediée à la Société Felix Meritis à Amsterdam Par J.W.Wilms Membre de L’Institut Royale d’Hollande Oeuvre XIV”, staat er op het titelblad van Symfonie in Es (Opus 14) uit 1809. De Eroica van Beethoven, eveneens in Es, stamt uit 1803, maar uit niets blijkt dat Wilms al kennis zou hebben kunnen nemen van Beethovens schepping. Veeleer is de invloed hoorbaar van Mozarts 39e symfonie, ook in Es. Met name het thema in het laatste deel van Wilms symfonie vertoont opvallende ritmische overeenkomsten met de finale van Mozarts meesterwerk.

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Radio Chamber Orchestra
Critically acclaimed as one of the world’s foremost chamber orchestras, the Radio Chamber Orchestra occupies a special place within the boundaries of the rich musical landscape in The Netherlands. Forty strong in number, the ensemble constitutes the perfect vehicle for the performance of the Viennese Classics: Mozart, Haydn and Beethoven. The orchestra’s dedication to the classics is matched by its equally passionate and longstanding commitment to contemporary music. For just under six decades, the Radio Chamber Orchestra has made a persuasive case for new music and has been awarded numerous distinctions for its eloquent renditions of challenging compositions.

To reflect its dual allegiance to the music of both past and present masters, the Radio Chamber Orchestra opted for a unique system of dual chief-conductors: the world’s leading contemporary proponent, Peter Eötvös took on his position in 1994 and Frans Brüggen, a groundbreaking force in the authentic performance movement, joined in 2001. Frans Brüggen is responsible for historically informed performances of the Baroque, Classical and early Romantic repertoire. Thanks to Peter Eötvös the orchestra has gained international recognition as a specialist ensemble for modern and avant-garde music appearing at venues ranging from its home base in the Concertgebouw and Vredenburg concert halls (Netherlands) and at modern music festivals from Warschau and Donaueschingen to the Budapest Spring Festival.
Seeking new challenges in an ever expanding repertory, the Radio Chamber Orchestra and its conductors contribute to a new approach to listening for a public open to the old and the newest in music.

Anthony Halstead
Anthony Halstead was born in Manchester, attending Chetham’s School and the Royal Manchester College of Music where he studied piano, horn, organ and composition. Subsequently he studied the harpsichord and conducting. He now has a varied career as a conductor director/ harpsichordist and as a horn soloist of international repute. Following the development of his interest in authentic performance he has worked regularly with several period instrument orchestras, conducting or directing concerts that have included an all J.S. Bach programme at the BBC Proms and at the prestigious Berlin Bach Tage. He has conducted several orchestras in the UK and receives many motivations to conduct or direct outside Britain, including Scandinavia, Spain, Japan and Australia. On CD, Anthony Halstead has conducted or directed many recordings.

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