Jan Willem de Vriend / The Netherlands Symphony Orchestra

Symphonies nos. 1 & 5 (Complete symphonies vol.2)

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Format: SACD
Label: Challenge Classics
UPC: 0608917236422
Catnr: CC 72364
Release date: 07 January 2011
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07 January 2011
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According to the conductor Jan Willem de Vriend, in the Fifth Symphony you can hear the repressiveness and authoritarianism of the period of the Metternich government (with the reactionary Klemens von Metternich) in Vienna. It rings out in the motif of the first movement, and the entire symphony seems like a process of breaking free from it. However, every limitation can in itself present a kind of “freedom,” as certainly was the case with Beethoven’s deafness: not being able to hear the world around you creates the freedom to be able to hear yourself and use that experience to compose. The end of the Fifth has enormous riches of sound, with the piccolo as highest instrument and the contrabassoon with the trombones as lowest. It is like a triumphant march celebrating victory and sounds like liberation: it is irrepressible, you can feel it, the triumph. So it was in Beethoven’s life, not only personally, owing to his physical limitations, but also socially: how the Viennese were oppressed by the Metternich government, an unimaginable disappointment after the French Revolution. What had happened to freedom, equality and fraternity?

De Vriend has and continues to intensively study Beethoven – the man, his music, his time, teachers and predecessors – in order to gain the most complete image possible to serve as a framework for comprehending the symphonies. It is a never-ending study through which he keeps developing further insights, making each of his recordings of Beethoven’s symphonies valuable. Recordings, after all, convey not just the artistry of the composer, but of the conductor and his orchestra as well. (fragment of the linernotes by Valentine Laoût- van Leeuwenstein)
Beethoven’s 1e en 5e opnieuw bezocht
Volgens dirigent Jan Willem de Vriend kun je in de 5e Symfonie van Beethoven de repressie en het autoritarisme uit de periode van de Metternich regering in Wenen terughoren. Het stuk begint met een klein motief in het eerste deel. De symfonie lijkt verder uit dit bekende motief te willen breken. Het stuk eindigt in een triomfantelijk slotdeel met een rijk scala aan klanken van de hoge piccolo tot de lage contrafagot en trombones, als een overwinningsmars die niet te onderdrukken is door wat voor regime dan ook. De 5e Symfonie is op dit album samen te horen met Beethoven´s 1e Symfonie, waarin de invloeden van zijn voorgangers Joseph Haydn en Amadeus Mozart nog goed te horen zijn.

De twee symfonieën worden uitgevoerd door het Orkest van het Oosten, onder leiding van Jan Willem de Vriend. De Vriend treedt wereldwijd steeds meer op als dirigent van internationaal allure. Hij was de artistiek directeur van het Combattimento Consort Amsterdam en is sinds 2006 de vaste dirigent van het Orkest van het Oosten. Dit album is het 2e deel uit de symfonieserie waarin De Vriend en zijn Orkest van het Oosten in de symfonieën van Beethoven duiken met een kleurrijk, energiek en diepgaand resultaat. De Vriend heeft jarenlang Beethoven bestudeerd − de man, zijn muziek, zijn tijd, docenten en voorgangers. Het is een studie die nooit ophoudt, waarbij iedere opname van Beethovens symfonieën even waardevol is.

De opnames zijn dankzij de hybride SACD opnametechniek van een perfecte geluidskwaliteit. Over het eerste volume schreef Aart van de Wal in de Opus Klassiek: '"Ondanks het overvolle veld een uitgave die fors boven het maaiveld uitsteekt en naar meer doet verlangen."
Auch mit der zweiten Folge aus seinem neuen Beethoven-Zyklus wagt Jan Willem de Vriend, zusammen mit dem Netherlands Symphony Orchestra, eine neue Sicht auf diese berühmten Werke. Mit enormer Leidenschaft und großem Engagement taucht er ein in Leben und Werk von Ludwig van Beethoven. Auch bei seiner Arbeit mit dem Combattimento Consort Amsterdam kam er sehr oft mit der Musik von Beethoven und dessen Vorgängern in Berührung. Dabei hat er das Bild jener Zeit gründlich kennengelernt, und mit diesen Kenntnissen kann er jetzt seine Geschichte in der Tat konstruieren.

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Jan Willem de Vriend is the artistic director of Combattimento Consort Amsterdam and since 2006 the chief conductor and artistic director of the Netherlands Symphony Orchestra.

Combattimento Consort Amsterdam devotes itself to the music of about 1600 to 1830. Since its founding in 1982, it has performed virtually throughout the world as well as on many CDs, DVDs and television productions.

Since De Vriend was named chief conductor in 2006, the Netherlands Symphony Orchestra has become a notable phenomenon on the Netherlands’ musical scene. It has presented semi-scenic performances of works by Mozart, Beethoven, Strauss and Mendelssohn. There were premieres of works by Offenbach, Say and Mahler. And by substituting historical instruments in the brass section, it has developed its own distinctive sound in the 18th- and 19th-century repertoire. Recently, the orchestra performed music by Schumann at festivals in Spain. The release of Beethoven’s complete symphonies, conducted by De Vriend, is a big project which starts with the release of this current CD. Also the orchestra's long Mahler tradition is being continued in recordings and tours.

De Vriend has been a guest conductor with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, the Netherlands Radio Chamber Philharmonic, the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, The Hague Philharmonic and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, as well as orchestras in Germany, Sweden and Australia. He is often invited to conduct both in the Netherlands and abroad. He has engagements pending, for example, with The Hague Philharmonic, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra as well as orchestras in China, Germany, Austria and Italy.

The Netherlands Symphony Orchestra is an orchestra with passion, commitment and virtuosity. The orchestra serves the province of Overijssel with concert series in Enschede, Hengelo, Zwolle and Deventer. Another important role for the orchestra is accompanying De Nationale Reisopera andprovincial choral societies. Working with top musicians from all over the world has contributed towards the orchestra achieving its aim of bringing concerts of the highest quality to a broad public. Important conductors for the orchestra were Ed Spanjaard, Rudolf Barshai, Martin Panteleev, Mark Shanahan, Vasili Petrenko and Otto Tausk. Jaap Van Zweden made an indelible impression during his period as chief conductor and set the orchestra well and truly on the map. He will return frequently as guest conductor. Many great international soloists have worked with the orchestra – Gidon Kremer, Natalia Gutman, Heinrich Schiff, Jean-Yves Thibaudet and Charlotte Margiono to name a few.

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