Edo de Waart / Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra

Meistersinger - an orchestral tribute

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Label: Challenge Classics
UPC: 0608917232622
Catnr: CC 72326
Release date: 01 October 2010
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01 October 2010
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This is an orchestral tribute to Wagner's Meistersinger ánd Deux entreactes tragiques, all of these works in arrangements by Henk de Vlieger.

Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg holds a special position among Richard Wagner’s music dramas. First, it is his only “comic” opera, and its subject, moreover, is not based on a myth or saga. The characters are mere common mortals and at least one of them, Hans Sachs, actually existed. The plot is set within a historical context, 16th-century Nuremberg, and has clear sociological and political implications, regarding the relationship between the artist, tradition and society. The libretto, which Wagner wrote himself, as always, is in keeping with this. In contrast with his mythological and mythological historical dramas, here the verse lines are longer than in previous works, corresponding more with spoken language, and employ more traditional rhyme patterns. In many places, one could even speak of rounded-off song texts consisting of various couplets.Die Meistersinger also differs musically from Wagner’s other operas. In the preceding works, among which most of Der Ring des Nibelungen and Tristan und Isolde, he developed a musical idiom increasingly marked by short phrases and ever more daring chromaticism. This reached a high point in the love drama Tristan und Isolde, in which tonality itself is stretched to the limit. In Die Meistersinger, however, Wagner returned to a predominately diatonic idiom and its most important moments, such as Walther’s prize song, in fact the central moment, are set simply in the key of C major. Another musical element found throughout this score is brilliant counterpoint, the harmonious combination of two or more melodic lines. Despite all of this, the orchestration of Die Meistersinger is relatively small compared to his other operas. The vivid Romantic tone colours of his orchestral palette, such as the English horn and bass clarinet, are entirely lacking. But the opera is nevertheless filled with instrumental strokes of genius and the orchestration is dazzling in all its riches. Through the cunning combination of all of these elements, Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg is a wondrous, highly original score that is moreover one of the most readily accessible of Wagner’s entire oeuvre.
Een orkestrale ode aan Die Meistersinger
Dit is een orkestrale eerbetoon aan Wagner’s Die Meistersinger en Deux entreactes tragiques in een bijzonder arrangement van Henk de Vlieger.

Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg heeft een speciale plek binnen Richard Wagner’s muzikale drama’s. Ten eerste is het zijn enige komische opera en het onderwerp is, in tegenstelling tot zijn andere opera’s, niet gebaseerd op een mythe of saga. De personages zijn gewone stervelingen en ten minste één van hen, Hans Sachs, heeft echt bestaan. Het verhaal speelt zich af in een historische context in het 16e-eeuwse Neurenberg en bevat meerdere sociologische en politieke ladingen wat betreft de relatie tussen de kunstenaar, traditie en de maatschappij. In tegenstelling tot zijn mythologische drama’s zijn in dit werk de verzen langer en volgen een tradioneler rijmschema om zo gesproken taal te representeren. Op veel plekken kan men zelfs spreken van afgeronden liedteksten, bestaande uit meerdere coupletten. Muzikaal is er ook veel verschil tussen Die Meistersinger en zijn andere werken: Wagner gebruikt een overwegend tonaal idioom met briljant contrapunt, in tegenstelling tot zijn gebruik van korte frases en een gedrufde chromatiek in bijvoorbeeld Tristan und Isolde.

De muziek wordt uitgevoerd door het Nederlands Radio Filharmonisch Orkest onder leiding van Edo de Waart, een buitengewone orkesttrainer die de internationale reputatie van meerdere orkesten tot een ongelooflijk niveau wist te katapulteren. Zo heeft hij ook zijn stempel gedrukt op het Radio Filharmonisch Orkest met deze uitvoering van wereldklasse.
Diese Neueinspielung der Meistersinger-Orchester-Adaption von Henk de Vlieger mit dem Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra unter Edo de Waart setzt die erfolgreiche Reihe fort und ist einzigartig in seiner Art. Sie enthält außerdem die Orchestrierungen Henk de Vliegers von Anfängen zweier instrumentaler Kompositionen, die als 'Entreactes tragiques' in die Richard-Wagner-Gesamtausgabe von 1986 aufgenommen wurden und ursprünglich vom Komponisten als Theatermusik konzipiert wurden. Das Ergebnis passt hervorragend zu Wagners eigenen Orchestrierungen seiner unvollendeten Oper 'Die Hochzeit' (1833) und seinem ersten abgeschlossenen Musikdrama Die Feen (1833-1834).

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Edo de Waart
Laureate Conductor, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra Edo de Waart studied oboe, piano and conducting in Amsterdam. After taking his degree, he was appointed principal oboe of the Concertgebouw Orchestra. He won the Dimitri Mitropoulos Conducting Competition in New York in 1964, and was made assistant conductor to Leonard Bernstein at the New York Philharmonic.
He then became assistant conductor to Bernard Haitink of the Concertgebouw
Orchestra and in 1967 conductor of the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra and guest conductor of the Dutch Wind Ensemble. He served as music director for the Rotterdam Philharmonic from 1973 to 1979. After his debut with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra in 1975, he was asked to act as guest conductor; in 1977 he was appointed music director, a post he held until 1985. He was appointed music director of the Minnesota Orchestra in 1986. Upon his return to the Netherlands in 1989, he was Chief Conductor of Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra until 1 January 2005. From 1999 to 2002 he was also chief conductor of De Nederlandse Opera. He was chief
conductor of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra from 1995 to 2004.

Edo de Waart has been a guest conductor of many major orchestras and opera houses in Europe and the United States; he has conducted in Bayreuth, London (Covent Garden), Paris (Opéra de Bastille), New York (Metropolitan Opera) and Salzburg (Salzburger Festspiele). He spent three
weeks in successful collaboration with the NHK Symphony Orchestra in Japan
in April 2009. Since 2007, Edo de Waart has been music director of the Opera of Santa Fe. His appointment as music director and chief conductor
of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra will end in 2012. He is now the music director of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and starting in
the 2010-2011 season, he is one of the artistic partners of the Saint Paul
Chamber Orchestra in Minnesota. He has recorded a wide range of repertoire for several labels with many orchestras, including Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and the London Philharmonic Orchestra.

In 2004 he was made a Knight in the Order of the Netherlands Lion. A year later, De Waart was named Honorary Officer in the General Division of the Order of Australia in recognition of his merits as chief conductor and music director of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.

The Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra
The Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra gave its first concert on 7 October 1945, led by its founder and ‘first conductor‘ Albert van Raalte, on Radio “Herrijzend Nederland”. Initially the orchestra spent most of its time in
studios working on a large number of recordings for the public broadcasting
system. The Netherlands Radio Philharmonic featured prominently in the
Saturday Matinee as soon as the series started in 1961, and has continued to give frequent live performances ever since. The celebrated Saturday Matinee has hosted many legendary concerts. Illustrious soloists such as Kathleen Ferrier, Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Clara Haskil and Jean-Pierre Rampal
have shared the stage with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra.
In 2004, the three classical orchestral formations of the broadcasting
15 system were transformed into two: the present Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra and the Netherlands Radio Chamber Philharmonic. In 2006, these two orchestras, the Netherlands Radio Choir and the Metropole Orchestra joined the Dutch public broadcasting organisation NPO.

The Radio Philharmonic Orchestra has been conducted by great names
such as Bernard Haitink, Jean Fournet, Hans Vonk, Sergiu Comissiona and
Edo de Waart. Jaap van Zweden was named its chief conductor in September 2005. The orchestra has also worked with numerous famed guest conductors such as Leopold Stokowski, Kirill Kondrashin, Antál Dorati, Riccardo Muti, Kurt Masur and Valery Gergiev. Soon after its founding, the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic found itself foremost in Dutch musical life in the number of
performances and the diversity of its repertoire, with a predilection for Dutch and contemporary works in its programming. It has honed another facet of its striking profile with a great many opera concertante performances. The orchestra has an extensive discography, ranging from legendary LPs recorded in the 1970s under such conductors as Leopold Stokowski and Antal Doráti to Jean Fournet’s much-lauded renderings of French repertoire. Under Edo de Waart, not only did it release its legendary Wagner interpretations,
but also the complete orchestral works of Rachmaninov. CDs with work
by contemporary composers such as Jonathan Harvey, Klas Torstensson,
Jan van Vlijmen and Stravinsky have garnered prizes and much acclaim.

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