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16 January 2013
"One cannot imagine a finer performance than this, being so wunderfully played and recorded and interpreted with genuine love and insight - rare qualities today."Musical Opinion, 01-12-2013
Jaap van Zweden
Amsterdam-born Jaap van Zweden has risen rapidly in little more than a decade to become one of today’s most sought-after conductors. He has been Music Director of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra since 2008, and is also Honorary Chief Conductor of the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra and Radio Chamber Philharmonic (having been Chief Conductor from 2005-2011). In January 2012 he was announced as Music Director Designate of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, where he will take up the post of Music Director in September 2012, for an initial contract of four years.
Appointed at nineteen as the youngest concertmaster ever of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, he began his conducting career in 1995 and held the positions of Chief Conductor of the Netherlands Symphony Orchestra (1996-2000), Chief Conductor of The Hague Philharmonic (2000-2005), and Chief Conductor of the Royal Flemish Philharmonic Orchestra (2008-2011). In November 2011 Jaap van Zweden was named as the recipient of Musical America's Conductor of the Year Award 2012 in recognition of his critically acclaimed work as Music Director of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and as a guest conductor with the most prestigious US orchestras.
Jaap van Zweden has appeared as guest conductor with many prestigious orchestras across the globe, including the Chicago Symphony, Cleveland and Philadelphia Orchestras, the Munich Philharmonic, WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne, Orchestre National de France, Oslo Philharmonic, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and London Philharmonic Orchestra. Aside from an extensive symphonic repertoire, opera also plays an important part in van Zweden’s career. He has conducted La Traviata and Fidelio with the National Reisopera, Madama Butterfly at the Netherlands Opera, and concert performances of Verdi’s Otello, Barber’s Vanessa and Wagner’s Lohengrin, Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg and Parsifal at the Concertgebouw with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic and the Netherlands Radio Choir.
Recent highlights have included highly acclaimed debuts with the Tonhalle-Orchester Zurich and the Boston Symphony (at the Tanglewood Festival) and his BBC Proms debut conducting the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra in Bruckner’s Eighth symphony. Highlights of the 2011/12 season and beyond will include subscription debuts with the New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony, and return visits to the Orchestre National de France, Philadelphia Orchestra, the Chicago and St Louis Symphony Orchestras, and the Rotterdam Philharmonic, Monte Carlo Philharmonic and London Philharmonic Orchestras.
Jaap van Zweden has made numerous acclaimed recordings which include Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring and Petrushka, and the complete Beethoven and Brahms symphonies. He is currently recording the cycle of Bruckner symphonies with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic for Octavia and Challenge Records International, with symphonies 2, 4, 5, 7 and 9 already released to great critical acclaim. He has recorded Mahler’s Symphony No. 5 with the London Philharmonic, and his highly acclaimed performances of Lohengrin, Die Meistersinger and Parsifal are also available on CD/DVD. For the Dallas Symphony’s own record label he has released the symphonies of Tchaikovsky (Nos. 4 and 5) and Beethoven (5 and 7). In August 2010 he recorded Mozart Piano Concertos with the Philharmonia Orchestra and David Fray.
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.
One cannot imagine a finer performance than this, being so wunderfully played and recorded and interpreted with genuine love and insight - rare qualities today.
Musical Opinion, 01-12-2013
Jaap van Zweden is now the leading interpreter of Bruckner's Symphonies, and has trained his orchestra to perform them brilliantly. This is a leading recommendation.
BBC Music Magazine, 01-10-2013
Van Zwden lets his orchestra play comfortably and that is what you hear in the loud passages, where the Radio Orchestra Philharmonich sounds smooth and warm
The orchestra plays with agility and plenty of rhythmic energy
International Record Review, 01-7-2013
This is a resplendent addition to an important cycle in the making.
Music lovers will not be disappointed by this record, also because of its extraordinary recording quality.
Van Zweden has an enviably straightforward way with Bruckner, favouring well-blended textures at points where other conductors have sought virtuoso blaze, always managing to move with an easy, natural gait, and achieving climactic impact without even resorting to excessive force.
Irish Times, 03-5-2013
Recording of the month
Jaap van Zweden is one of the most seasoned Bruckner conductors working today and this new version of Bruckner's Third is undoubtedly a major achievement.
Music Web International, 01-5-2013
For this recording the 'Zweiter Fassung' from 1877 was chosen, resulting in this impressive sound and masterful uncomplicated performance.
Beautiful construction of climaxes and excellent balance between the four parts.