Jan Willem de Vriend / The Netherlands Symphony Orchestra
Symphonies nos. 4 & 6 (Complete Symphonies vol.1)
- Type SACD hybrid
- Label Challenge Classics
- UPC 0608917236125
- Catalog number CC 72361
- Release date 04 June 2010
About the album
A refreshing new recording of the Beethoven symphonies (volume 1), through the eyes of conductor Jan Willem de Vriend and his orchestra. De Vriend's name as a symphonic conductor is emerging fast now in the music world, and this first volume of the Beethoven series is a fine musical signature, with which he and his musicians perpetuate themselves.
In the linernotes with this CD we can read: If you want to perform his symphonies and surely if you want to record them, you must make a thorough study of Beethoven’s personal situation and that of the world around him. Here we can only set down a few short brushstrokes on an enormous empty metaphoric canvas. A canvas that must be filled completely, preferably painted true to life right down to the smallest details, using a fantastic palette of colours. When it is finished, we will see Beethoven, situated in his time. The painting will tell a story.
With this new Beethoven cycle conductor Jan Willem de Vriend, together with the Netherlands Symphony Orchestra, ventures to tell a new story. His story. With enormous passion and enthusiasm, he has immersed himself in the life and work of Beethoven. To gain the best possible understanding of Beethoven, he says, you must know something about the people around him: for example, his teachers Albrechtsberger and Neefe, who watched his career. You need to know what it was like in Bonn when he grew up there. You need to know that his grandfather enjoyed trading wine and that Beethoven therefore took pleasure in allowing himself to be paid in wine, for example by his publisher. You need to know where his roots are. You need to know the music of his pupils, such as Ries and Moscheles. Jan Willem de Vriend has conducted the music of Beethoven, of people who composed for him, of his contemporaries. He has been working on this intensively for the past twenty years.
This recording of the Fourth and Sixth symphonies is an interpretation of Jan Willem de Vriend and his orchestra, belonging to a certain moment in time and recounted entirely in sounds. It is a story understood in detail and given shape in masterly fashion. (Valentine Laout - linernotes)
11Symphony no. 4 op. 60 in B flat major Adagio ? Allegro vivace
12Symphony no. 4 op. 60 in B flat major Adagio
13Symphony no. 4 op. 60 in B flat major Allegro molto e vivace
14Symphony no. 4 op. 60 in B flat major Allegro ma non troppo
15Symphony no. 6 op. 68 Allegro ma non troppo ? Angenehme, heitere Empfindungen, welche bei der Ankunft auf dem Lande im Menschen erwachsen
16Symphony no. 6 op. 68 Andante molto moto ? Szene am Bach
17Symphony no. 6 op. 68 Allegro ? Lustiges Zusammensein der Landleute
18Symphony no. 6 op. 68 Allegro ? Donner. Sturm
19Symphony no. 6 op. 68 Allegretto ? Hirtengesang. Wohltätige, mit Dank an die Gottheit verbundene Gefühle nach dem Sturm
Over a period of three years, pianist Hannes Minnaar recorded all five of Ludwig van Beethoven's piano concertos together with The Netherlands Symphony Orchestra led by Jan Willem de Vriend. So far, two single volumes had been issued: one including Concertos Nos. 4 & 5, which was acclaimed by Gramophone as: "beginning a Beethoven cycle with the Fourth and Fifth Concertos is a bold move but one that pays off ...