Ensemble Caméléon

Young Hearts on Fire

Price: € 12.95
Format: CD
Label: Challenge Classics
UPC: 0608917236828
Catnr: CC 72368
Release date: 01 April 2011
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€ 12.95
Challenge Classics
Catalogue number
CC 72368
Release date
01 April 2011

About the album

Undeniably, the three composers sound like adults, each in his own way. Rossini was twelve when he wrote his Sonata No. 6 for Strings; Mendelssohn was about fourteen when he composed his tenth of twelve string symphonies; Korngold was seventeen or eighteen when he composed the String Sextet. All three works contain the diverse emotional moods that you would expect from adolescents. However, they convey a subtlety and token of experience that do not fit boys of this age. ‘You do not have to experience love to be able to write about it,’ Korngold told his paranoid father.

In Korngold’s case, music transcends age limits. He knows how to consider his great examples Richard Strauss, Mahler and the early Schönberg in creating a totally new language that is both musically and emotionally 'complete' and 'rich'. (from the linernotes of this CD by Vrouwkje Tuinman)

Later, Korngold would conclude that he never wanted to become a composer. ‘I only did it to make my father happy.’ He succeeded, but at a price. Forced by his father into a reactionary musical harness, Korngold never managed to break free. To modernise and develop along with his time. As a film composer, he would become highly appreciated, but he would never be able to match the successes he had as a teenager.

Rossini, on the other hand, would always follow his own course. That meant that he would stop in the prime of his career to focus on other things: travel, meeting friends, sleeping and enjoying food. That is why his success had no chance to fade.

Of the three, Mendelssohn is the one who, during his upbringing and later in life, would find the best balance between sense of duty and enthusiasm. ‘I want to be home, enjoy my family and compose diligently. I see all the rest as meaningless,’ he wrote, and he lived by these words. (from the linernotes of this CD by Vrouwkje Tuinman)
Jeugdwerken van meestercomponisten
Het valt niet te ontkennen dat de werken op dit album als volwassen en volwaardige werken klinken, maar Gioacchino Rossini was pas twaalf toen hij zijn Sonate nr. 6 voor strijkers schreef, Felix Mendelssohn pas veertien toen hij zijn 10e Symfonie voor strijkorkest schreef en Erich Korngold zeventien of achttien toen hij zijn Strijksextet componeerde. In elk werk zijn zeker de diverse emotionele stemmingen te vinden die je zou verwachten van adolescenten. Ze bevatten echter ook allemaal een subtiliteit en een blijk van ervaring die niet past bij jongens van deze leeftijd. In het geval van Korngold ontstijgt zijn muziek leeftijdsgrenzen. In zijn muziek zijn de grote voorgangers Richard Strauss, Mahler en de vroege Schönberg goed terug te horen, maar hij heeft ze gecombineerd op een unieke manier waardoor hij een nieuwe stijl ontwikkelt die zowel muzikaal als emotioneel rijk en compleet is.

De jeugdwerken van deze beroemde componisten worden uitgevoerd door het EnsembleCaméléon. EnsembleCaméléon is een septet bestaande uit zeven klassieke strijkers uit belangrijke Nederlandse orkesten. Het ensemble wordt geprezen in de media om de individuele kwaliteiten van de musici en het perfecte ensemblespel. Het ensemble geeft concerten in Nederland en de rest van de wereld, onder meer in Zuid-Amerika, en heeft daarnaast een eigen serie in het Concertgebouw in Amsterdam.
Diese Debüt-CD des EnsembleCaméléon enthält Jugendwerke von drei Komponisten-Wunderkindern, die alle Mozart vergötterten und oft mit ihm verglichen wurden, wenngleich sie jeweils sehr verschiedene Musikerkarrieren hatten. EnsembleCaméléon wurde 2002 als Streicherensemble gegründet und besteht seit Anfang an aus Mitgliedern bedeutender holländischer Symphonieorchestern. Das Ensemble machte besonders durch seine originellen Programme und seine Zusammenarbeit mit anderen Kunstformen auf sich aufmerksam und ist gern gesehener Gast z.B. beim Schleswig-Holstein-Festival und im Concertgebouw Amsterdam.


EnsembleCaméléon was founded in 2002 by a group of string players from the prominent Dutch symphony orchestras. It is a chamber music ensemble that aims to acquaint people of all ages and backgrounds with the most beautiful and captivating chamber music ever written or yet to be written.

EnsembleCaméléon’s concerts have been critically acclaimed by press and public for the high individual level of the musicians, the perfect ensemble performance, musical conviction and boundless enthusiasm. The ensemble gives concerts in the Netherlands and (far) beyond. In 2006 EnsembleCaméléon went on a major tour to the most important cities in South America. In 2007 the ensemble played at the Schleswig-Holstein Festival and in 2008 the Ensemble played in Ireland. In 2007 EnsembleCaméléon made its debut in the concert series of the Small Hall of the Concertgebouw, where it now returns on a regular basis.

With original programming and logical cross-overs with other art forms, EnsembleCaméléon tries to break through the traditional approach of classical (chamber) music. With Ilja Leonard Pfeijffer, a number of chamber music theatre productions have already been written and performed.
Within its programming, the ensemble seeks ways to combine highlights from the existing chamber music repertoire with the most recent music. Prominent composers are approached to write new pieces for EnsembleCaméléon: Theo Loevendie, Guus Janssen, Cornelis de Bondt, Ron Ford, Simon Burgers, Peter Adriaansz, Edward Mebius, Joël Waterman, Arne Werkman, Thom Willems, Johan de Mey and Maarten Altena now write for the ensemble. In cooperation with the Grachtenfestival, Hans Kesting and Gijs de Lange, the ensemble performed the chamber music theatre production Die Geschöpfe des Prometheus with music by Beethoven and texts by Ilja Leonard Pfeijffer, and at the Holland Festival 2009, EnsembleCaméléon, composer Reza Nemavar and the American guitarist Gary Lucas collaborated on a new soundtrack with the silent film J'Accuse by Abel Gance from 1919.


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