Jan Willem de Vriend / The Netherlands Symphony Orchestra

Symphony no. 9 (Complete symphonies vol. 5)

Price: € 12.95
Format: SACD hybrid
Label: Challenge Classics
UPC: 0608917253320
Catnr: CC 72533
Release date: 30 January 2012
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€ 12.95
Challenge Classics
Catalogue number
CC 72533
Release date
30 January 2012

"don't miss de Vriend"

Gramophone, 01-10-2012

About the album

This is the last cd in the series of the complete Beethoven Symphonies performed by Jan Willem de Vriend an his Netherlands Symphony Orchestra. With every cd in this volume De vriend has shown his fresh view on Beethoven, which has with every volume resulted in a indeed fresh sound and also a profound rendering of these famous works.

From the linernotes with this cd;Although his behaviour did not always show it, Beethoven’s ideal was definitely that all people would be equal. (This is why Schiller’s text appealed to him at such a young age.) After all, it is often the case that people who have an ideal to which they devote themselves, with which they feel great affinity, are absolutely unable to attain it in their daily lives. There is something appealingly human about the fact that Beethoven had big ideals for himself – and for humanity – and that he could not integrate them in his personal life. But he could use the ideals in his work, he could unleash a musical revolution. Is it not moving that in the work of this man, who was such an earthy person, the divine spark can be observed so clearly? Beethoven will always continue to fascinate people. Whether you adore him, admire him, criticise him or find him abominable, friend and foe must agree that he played a major role in the history of music. Even today, when we hear his symphonies – and surely the Ninth – we can do nothing but agree that it is masterly music.

Jan Willem de Vriend does not think that he is ‘finished' with Beethoven now that he has recorded all the symphonies. He will continue to philosophise about them, analyse scores and try to get the character of the era in focus – an ongoing and in-depth process. No, we are never finished with Beethoven!

Het indrukwekkende laatste deel uit de serie met alle Symfonieën van Beethoven
Dit is het vijfde en laatste album uit de serie van Jan Willem de Vriend met opnames van alle Symfonieën van Beethoven. Met elk album uit deze serie geeft De Vriend een frisse interpretatie van Beethoven.

Het is een opname vol energie, waarin elke noot met een sprankelende intensiteit gespeeld wordt. De interpretatie van de muziek is ingebed in grondig musicologisch onderzoek en de kennis van de periode waarin Beethoven leefde.

De composities van Beethoven zullen mensen altijd blijven fascineren. Of hij nou geliefd, bewonderd, bekritiseerd of vreselijk gevonden wordt, vriend en vijand moeten toegeven dat hij een belangrijke rol in de muziekgeschiedenis speelde. Ook nu kunnen luisteraars niet anders dan toegeven dat zijn muziek meesterlijk is, vooral wanneer het om de Negende Symfonie gaat.

Dirigent Jan Willem de Vriend is inmiddels wereldberoemd. Hij wordt steeds bekender als dirigent van symfonische werken, een rol die uitstekend bij hem past.

De Vriend denkt niet dat hij klaar is met Beethoven nu hij al zijn symfonieën heeft opgenomen. Hij zal altijd over ze nadenken, hun partituren analyseren, en proberen om het karakter van het tijdperk waarin ze zijn gecomponeerd inzichtelijk te krijgen. Nee, we zijn nooit klaar met Beethoven!

Abschluss einer wegweisenden Gesamtaufnahme aller Beethoven-Sinfonien
Auch mit der fünften und letzten Folge seines neuen Beethoven-Zyklusses wagt Jan Willem de Vriend, zusammen mit dem Netherlands Symphony Orchestra, eine neue Sicht auf das wohl bekannteste Werk von Ludwig van Beethoven, der 9. Sinfonie, die sog. 'Ode an die Freude'. 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.


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



don't miss de Vriend
Gramophone, 01-10-2012

The DSD recording sounds very open and natural, with lots of clear, clean detail.
Hi-Fi Choice, 01-10-2012

Beethoven Bliss
BBC Music Magazine, 01-7-2012

the result is a performance of this masterpiece of which he has its full measure
International Record Review, 01-7-2012

Recording of the month This is a tremendous and remarkably revealing performance of Beethoven's Symphony No. 9, and with the added bonus of SACD surround sound it is also a genuinely spectacular sonic experience.
Music Web International, 01-6-2012

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