Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra / Jaap van Zweden

Symphony no. 6

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Format: SACD hybrid
Label: Challenge Classics
UPC: 0608917255225
Catnr: CC 72552
Release date: 17 May 2013
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Release date
17 May 2013

"Taken at a good rhythm, the Scherzo is very well played, acting as beautiful transition with the last movement which, not to be precipitated, is nevertheless conducted with impetus by a Jaap van Zweden who, undoubtedly, asserts himself as a an excellent “brucknerien” (Bruckner player)"

concertonet.com, 06-1-2015
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Bruckner began composing the Sixth on September 24, 1879, after first thoroughly revising the Third and Fourth symphonies, making a number of changes in the Fifth and completing in the summer the String Quintet that Joseph Hellmesberger had requested (Hellmesberger had actually asked for a string quartet, but Bruckner took the freedom of adding a viola). Possibly, however, the work began to take shape earlier. Some historians credit the famous opening motif of the first movement to an organ improvisation Bruckner performed in August at Sankt-Florian at the request of a number of army officers. When he asked for a short, suitable theme, it was proposed he should improvise on a typical military signal, the so- called “retraite” (retreat).

Bruckner was perhaps so taken by it that he gave the theme an important place in the Sixth. On September
3, 1881, while staying in his beloved Sankt-Florian “Stift” (diocese), he completed the symphony. Upon returning to Vienna, he had several copies made of the score, one for his landlord Anton Oetzelt von Newin and his wife Amalie (Amy), to whom he dedicated the Sixth Symphony as a token of his gratitude. In November 1877, Bruckner had moved into his new home at Heßgasse 7 in Vienna. It was a substantial improvement over his former home at the Heinrichshof (Opernring), but, more important, he didn’t have to pay rent from his modest earnings. What’s more, even after leaving near the end of his life the Heßgasse home for the “Kustodenstöckl” (custodian’s quarters) at Belvedere palace (Emperor Franz-Joseph had placed the quarters at his service free of charge because Bruckner was having increasing difficulty climbing stairs), Oetzelt faithfully paid Bruckner a stipend of 300 gulden per month until his death.
Het laatste deel van een succesvolle serie van symfonieën van Bruckner
Dit album is onderdeel van een serie van opnames van alle symfonieën van Bruckner. Deze editie bevat de Zesde Symfonie, uitgevoerd door het Radio Filharmonisch Orkest onder leiding van Jaap van Zweden. Dit is het laatste deel van de serie. De eerdere delen werden lovend ontvangen.

Bruckner begon op 24 september 1879 met het componeren van de Zesde Symfonie. Het werk kreeg mogelijk al eerder vorm. Sommige historici wijzen het openingsmotief in het eerste deel toe aan een orgelimprovisatie tijdens een optreden in augustus 1879 in Sankt-Florian, die Bruckner op verzoek van een aantal officieren van de landmacht uitvoerde. Toen hij de militairen vroeg om een kort thema, stelden ze voor om te improviseren op een typisch militair signaal, de zogenaamde ‘retraite’. Wellicht was Bruckner zo tevreden met deze melodie dat hij het een belangrijke plaats gaf in de Zesde Symfonie.

Bruckner beschouwde de Zesde Symfonie als zijn ‘keckste’, wat brutaal, roekeloos, doldriest, onverschrokken of onbesuisd kan betekenen. Het werk werd niet vergeten, maar heeft in vergelijking met de andere symfonieën slechts een kleine rol gespeeld in het concertrepertoire tot diep in de 20e eeuw. Tegenwoordig wordt het werk steeds populairder.

Jaap van Zweden is over de hele wereld succesvol. Hij wordt zowel gevraagd voor het interpreteren van symfonische werken als voor de opvoeringen van opera’s.
Bruckners 6. Sinfonie: Abschluss einer grandiosen Serie mit Jaap van Zweden.

Jaap von Zweden feiert grandiose Erfolge auf der ganzen Welt. Er ist sowohl als Interpret sinfonischer Werke als auch bei Opernaufführungen gefragt und wurde 2012 in Amerika als „Dirigent des Jahres“ ausgezeichnet. Mit Bruckners Sechster Sinfonie vollendet er jetzt seine Einspielung aller Sinfonien des österreichischen Komponisten. Gemeinsam mit dem Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra findet er auch für dieses eher selten gespielte Werk Anton Bruckners den perfekten Blickwinkel. Vorangegangene Einspielungen wurden bereits hoch gelobt.

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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.

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Taken at a good rhythm, the Scherzo is very well played, acting as beautiful transition with the last movement which, not to be precipitated, is nevertheless conducted with impetus by a Jaap van Zweden who, undoubtedly, asserts himself as a an excellent “brucknerien” (Bruckner player)
concertonet.com, 06-1-2015

This recording totally outshines most of the other ones (...) very exciting!
Hifi&Records, 15-2-2014

Zweden, who's tighter grip seems paradoxically to free the music in the most invigorating way 
Gramophone , 01-12-2013

The recorded catalogue boasts more good performances of the Symphony now than used to be the case a few years ago. The arrival of this excellent new version with van Zweden and the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic makes that even more true. 
Music Web International, 01-8-2013

All in all a brilliant sixth
Luister, 01-8-2013

Van Zweden shows a very different version, with new insights for me.
Luister, 31-7-2013

"All in all a brilliant sixth"
Luister, 26-7-2013

Perhaps the most rigorous performance of Bruckner's Sixth Symphony that the SACD medium has yet enjoyed
Classical CD Choice, 23-7-2013

This is a mature and powerful reading of the Sixth Symphony, the most original and adventurous of the nine.
Sunday Times UK, 14-7-2013

Exceptional engineering achieved by Challenge Classics, with natural-sounding timbres and an extremly realistic sense of acoustic space
International Record Review, 01-7-2013

Listen to this disc several times and you'll fall in love with this symphony.
TheArtsDesk.com, 29-6-2013

"In Bruckner’s Sixth Symphony van Zweden achieves a good mix of rhythm, serenity and solemnity. The Netherlands Radio Orchestra’s playing is outstanding."
Pizzicato blog, 20-6-2013

Van Zweden creates a completely different version. With, for me, new insights.
Luister, 17-6-2013

"Very nice is also the quiet but far from lingering base rate in the final, with a beautiful and melancholy look back at the adagio"
www.opusklassiek.nl, 08-5-2013

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