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Symphonies Nos. 1-8

Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra & Netherlands Radio Chamber Philharmonic

Symphonies Nos. 1-8

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Format: SACD hybrid
Label: Challenge Classics
UPC: 0608917258325
Catnr: CC 72583
Release date: 10 January 2014
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"Under the grasping and cautious direction of Markus Stenz, the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic makes music audible that artistically shimmers between neoclassicism and moderne, jazz and dadaism."

Neue Zürcher Zeitung, 27-2-2015
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About the album

Karl Amadeus Hartmann (1905-1963) is one of the most significant but least-known symphonic composers of the 20th century. This set of three hybrid SACDs, issued to mark the 50th anniversary of the German composer's death, features his eight symphonies played by the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic and Chamber Philharmonic Orchestras under the batons of several major conductors, including Christoph Poppen, Osmo Vanska, James Gaffigan and Markus Stenz.

One of the most characteristic features of Hartmann's work is the way in which he forges contrasting stylistic elements and techniques from various periods of music history into a seamless unit. Moreover, one melody is found in all his symphonies, concealed to varying degrees. This melody is based on the Jewish song "Elijahu hanavi" about the prophet Elijah, whom the Jews anxiously await to bring them redemption. This yearning quality lies at the heart of the composer's music.

Two types of movement, adagio and scherzo, form the unmistakable axis of Hartmann's symphonic works, and the result is that the musical discourse continually takes place between expansion and energy, monumental stasis and a dynamic primal force toppling everything in its path. Hartmann's symphonic legacy most certainly deserves its rightful place in the canon, especially in English-speaking countries where it's been often overlooked.
Alle acht symfonieën van Hartmann op één album
Karl Amadeus Hartmann is een van de belangrijkste, maar minst bekende symfonische componisten van de 20e eeuw. Dit album is een eerbetoon aan de componist, 50 jaar na zijn dood. Alle acht symfonieën van zijn hand zijn op dit album te horen, gespeeld door het Nederlands Filharmonisch Radio Orkest en het Radio Filharmonisch Kamerorkest, geleid door verschillende grote dirigenten, onder wie Christoph Poppen, Osmo Vanska, James Gaffigan en Markus Stenz.

Een van de meest karakteristieke eigenschappen van Hartmanns werk is de manier waarop hij contrasterende stilistische elementen en technieken uit verschillende periodes van de muziekgeschiedenis weet samen te smeden tot één wonderbaarlijk geheel. Een bijzondere eigenschap is dat in al zijn symfonieën een zelfde melodie te horen is: de ene keer op de voorgrond en de andere keer verstopt achter talloze andere melodieën en harmonieën. Dit is telkens een melodie die gebaseerd is op het Joodse lied Elijahu hanavi over de profeet Elijah, op wiens komst de joden wachten voor hun verlossing. Dit smachtend verlangen is een thema dat in al zijn werken voorkomt.

Hartmanns symfonieën verdienen absoluut een plek in het canon van de klassieke muziek, zoals het Radio Filharmonisch Orkest hier op een wonderlijke wijze aantoont.
Der in München geborene Karl Amadeus Hartmann (1905-1963) war ganz ohne Zweifel der größte Symphoniker in der mitteleuropäischen Tradition nach Bruckner und Mahler. Erste Entwürfe und Versionen von sechs seiner acht Symphonien entstanden während eines der dunkelsten Kapitel in der Weltgeschichte. Gemeint sind die Jahre von 1933 bis 1945, als die Nazis an der Macht waren und als sich Hartmann nach und nach vollständig aus dem öffentlichen Leben zurückzog. Diese Periode, kulminierend in seiner „inneren Emigration“, war für Hartmanns kreative Entwicklung ein entscheidender Wendepunkt.
«Originario di Monaco, Karl Amadeus Hartmann fu senz’ombra di dubbio il più grande sinfonista della tradizione mitteleuropea da Bruckner e Mahler in poi. Gli abbozzi e le prime versioni di sei delle sue otto sinfonie ebbero origine in uno dei periodi più cupi nella storia dell’umanità – dal 1933 al 1945 –, quando i Nazisti erano al potere e Hartmann si ritirò gradatamente dalla vita pubblica. Questo periodo, che culminò nella ‘Innere Emigration’ di Hartmann, rappresentò una svolta decisiva nel suo sviluppo creativo.

Uno dei tratti più caratteristici della produzione di Hartmann è il modo in cui plasma elementi stilistici talvolta estremamente contrastanti e tecniche provenienti da diversi periodi della storia musicale in un’unità omogenea; in effetti questo è assai tipico della sua produzione nel suo complesso. Inoltre, una melodia che si trova in tutte le sue sinfonie, in cui è nascosta in maggiore o minore misura, emerge anche in Simplicius. Questa melodia è basata sul canto ebraico ‘Elijahu hanavi’ sul profeta Elia, che gli Ebrei attendono con ansia perché porterà la redenzione. Grazie alla presenza – qualunque sia la sua forma – di questo tema nella stragrande maggioranza delle sue opere, l’eredità sonora di Hartmann può essere ascoltata come un’astratta ed emozionante ‘Gesamtkunstwerk’.

Benché ricorra volentieri alla tradizione, sia nell’opera sia nella produzione opertistica, egli è tutt’altro che neoclassico. Nessuna delle otto sinfonie di Hartmann, per esempio, è modellata nella classica sequenza in quattro movimenti, che persino Mahler (che insieme a Bach, Beethoven e Bruckner era uno dei suoi grandi idoli) impiegò raramente.»
Maarten Brandt, dalle note di copertina

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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...
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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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The Netherlands Radio Chamber Philharmonic

The Netherlands Radio Chamber Philharmonic is a versatile orchestra that covers a broad and varied terrain. The orchestra performs in various formations, from Baroque to contemporary music ensemble. Michael Schønwandt is its chief conductor and artistic director. Its principal guest conductors are Philippe Herreweghe, Frans Brüggen and James MacMillan. Former chief conductor Jaap van Zweden was appointed conductor emeritus in May 2011. Radical cutback in expenditure of the Netherlands public broadcasting results in the dissolution of  this orchestra in August 2013.  The Netherlands Radio Chamber Philharmonic makes an important contribution to the Saturday Matinee, Sunday Morning and Robeco Summer concert series in the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Utrecht’s Vredenburg Friday series and the NTR concerts in Muziekgebouw aan ’t IJ. All of these...
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The Netherlands Radio Chamber Philharmonic is a versatile orchestra that covers a broad and varied terrain. The orchestra performs in various formations, from Baroque to contemporary music ensemble. Michael Schønwandt is its chief conductor and artistic director. Its principal guest conductors are Philippe Herreweghe, Frans Brüggen and James MacMillan. Former chief conductor Jaap van Zweden was appointed conductor emeritus in May 2011. Radical cutback in expenditure of the Netherlands public broadcasting results in the dissolution of this orchestra in August 2013. The Netherlands Radio Chamber Philharmonic makes an important contribution to the Saturday Matinee, Sunday Morning and Robeco Summer concert series in the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Utrecht’s Vredenburg Friday series and the NTR concerts in Muziekgebouw aan ’t IJ. All of these concerts are broadcast via Radio 4 and many are recorded for live Internet streaming and TV broadcasts. The Netherlands Radio Chamber Philharmonic is a frequent guest in De Magische Muziekfabriek educational series, the International Gaudeamus Music Week and the Holland Festival.
The Netherlands Radio Chamber Philharmonic is renowned for its impassioned performances of contemporary music. At the internationally respected Donaueschingen Festival for new music, the orchestra performed no less than four world premieres in a single concert conducted by Peter Eötvös in October 2010. One month later its concertante performance of Pascal Dusapin’s Faustus, the last night, the first in the Netherlands, received rave reviews.
The Netherlands Radio Chamber Philharmonic is also known for its performances of familiar and lesser known works of the old masters conducted by specialists in historical performance practice. In recent years the Radio Chamber Philharmonic worked with conductors like Harry Christophers, Andrew Manze, Masaaki Suzuki, Kenneth Montgomery and John Nelson and of course principal guest conductors Frans Brüggen and Philippe Herreweghe. The versatility of the orchestra is demonstrated in its wide range of recordings, from Beethoven, Haydn and Stravinsky to Henk Badings, Tristan Keuris, Otto Ketting, Richard Rijnvos and James MacMillan.

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James Gaffigan (conductor)

Hailed for the natural ease of his conducting and the compelling insight of his musicianship, James Gaffigan continues to attract international attention and is one of the most outstanding American conductors working today. James Gaffigan is currently the Chief Conductor of the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra, and Principal Guest Conductor of the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra. He was also appointed the first Principal Guest Conductor of the Gürzenich Orchestra, Cologne in September 2013, a position that was created for him. In addition to these titled positions, James Gaffigan is in high demand working with leading orchestras and opera houses throughout Europe, the United States and Asia. In recent seasons, James Gaffigan’s guest engagements have included the Munich, London, Dresden, Oslo, Czech and...
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Hailed for the natural ease of his conducting and the compelling insight of his musicianship, James Gaffigan continues to attract international attention and is one of the most outstanding American conductors working today. James Gaffigan is currently the Chief Conductor of the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra, and Principal Guest Conductor of the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra. He was also appointed the first Principal Guest Conductor of the Gürzenich Orchestra, Cologne in September 2013, a position that was created for him.
In addition to these titled positions, James Gaffigan is in high demand working with leading orchestras and opera houses throughout Europe, the United States and Asia. In recent seasons, James Gaffigan’s guest engagements have included the Munich, London, Dresden, Oslo, Czech and Rotterdam Philharmonics, Vienna Symphoniker, Dresden Staatskapelle, Deutsches Symphony Orchestra (Berlin), Konzerthaus Berlin, RSO Berlin, Orchestre de Paris, Zurich Tonhalle, London, BBC, Gothenburg, Bournemouth and City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestras, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Leipzig and Stuttgart Radio Orchestras, Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony and Sydney Symphony. In the States, he has worked with the Philadelphia and Cleveland Orchestras, San Francisco and Los Angeles Philharmonic, Chicago, St. Louis, Cincinnati, Indianapolis, Minnesota, Dallas, Detroit, Houston, Baltimore, Pittsburgh and National Symphony Orchestras and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra among others.
As an opera conductor, James Gaffigan made his Vienna State Opera debut in 2011/12 with La Bohéme and was immediately invited back to conduct Don Giovanniduring 12/13. Mr Gaffigan continues his relationship with both the Vienna State Opera and the Glyndebourne Festival – in 2012, he conducted a production of La Cenerentola at Glyndebourne and returned for performances of Falstaff during the summer of 2013. In 2014/15 season he conducted the Hamburg Opera with performances of Salome and the Norwegian Opera with a new production of La Traviata. He made his opera debut at the Zurich Opera in 2005 conducting La Bohéme.
Highlights of the 2015/16 season include debuts with the New York Philharmonic and Don Giovanni at the Bayerische Staatsoper Munich. Mr. Gaffigan will also return to the Munich and Los Angeles Philharmonics, Orchestre de Paris, Orchestre National de France, and the Vienna Staatsoper to conduct the Marriage of Figaro.
Born in New York City in 1979, Mr. Gaffigan has degrees from both the New England Conservatory of Music and the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University in Houston. He also studied at the American Academy of Conducting at the Aspen Music Festival, and was a conducting fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center.
In 2009, Mr. Gaffigan completed a three-year tenure as Associate Conductor of the San Francisco Symphony in a position specially created for him. Prior to that appointment, he was the Assistant Conductor of the Cleveland Orchestra where he worked under Music Director Franz Welser-Möst from 2003 through 2006. James was also named a first prize winner at the 2004 Sir Georg Solti International Conducting Competition. He lives in Lucerne with his wife Lee and their two children Sofia and Liam.

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Michael Schønwandt (conductor)

Michael Schønwandt, born in Copenhagen, was Music Director of the Royal Orchestra and the Royal Opera in Copenhagen from 2000-2011, and associated with the company since 1979. In September 2010 he took up the position of Chief Conductor of the Netherlands Radio Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra. He has also held posts as Chief Conductor of the Berliner Sinfonie-Orchester (1992-1998), Principal Guest Conductor of La Monnaie in Brussels (1984-87), Principal Guest Conductor of the Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra (1987-2000), and Principal Guest Conductor of the Royal Flanders Philharmonic Orchestra, and is currently Principal Guest Conductor of the Staatstheater Stuttgart. As well as his close association with the Royal Opera in Copenhagen (where projects have included a new Ring Cycle in the newly opened...
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Michael Schønwandt, born in Copenhagen, was Music Director of the Royal Orchestra and the Royal Opera in Copenhagen from 2000-2011, and associated with the company since 1979. In September 2010 he took up the position of Chief Conductor of the Netherlands Radio Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra.
He has also held posts as Chief Conductor of the Berliner Sinfonie-Orchester (1992-1998), Principal Guest Conductor of La Monnaie in Brussels (1984-87), Principal Guest Conductor of the Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra (1987-2000), and Principal Guest Conductor of the Royal Flanders Philharmonic Orchestra, and is currently Principal Guest Conductor of the Staatstheater Stuttgart.
As well as his close association with the Royal Opera in Copenhagen (where projects have included a new Ring Cycle in the newly opened opera house in 2006) Michael Schønwandt has conducted at leading opera houses around the world, including regular appearances with the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, La Monnaie in Brussels, Vienna State Opera, the Paris Opera, Nice Opera, the Stuttgart Opera, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Cologne Opera and Die Meistersinger in Bayreuth. His vast operatic repertoire has included Alceste, Le nozze di Figaro, Don Giovanni, Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Idomeneo, Fidelio, Der Fliegende Holländer, Parsifal, Tannhäuser, Der Ring des Nibelungen, Lohengrin, Tristan & Isolde, Macbeth, Simone Boccanegra, Otello, Wozzeck, Falstaff, Eugen Onegin, Queen of Spades, Turandot, The Trojans, Salome, Elektra, Rosenkavalier, Die Frau ohne Schatten, Jenufa, The Cunning Little Vixen, Katya Kabanova, Le Grand Macabre and Maskarade by Nielsen.
Michael Schønwandt has a very active concert career and has worked with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Vienna Symphony Orchestra, Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra (including all the Beethoven piano concertos with Alfred Brendel), Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Hallé Orchestra, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Düsseldorfer Symphoniker, Philharmonisches Staatsorchester Hamburg, the Dresden Philharmonic, Staatsorchester Stuttgart, Essen Philharmonic, L’Orchestre de la Suisse Romande in Geneva, Budapest Festival Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique de Nice, Orchestre National de Lyon, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo, Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi in Milan, Real Orquesta Sinfonica de Sevilla, Helsinki Philharmonic, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Netherlands Radio Chamber Philharmonic, National Philharmonic Orchestra of Warsaw, the Royal Flanders Philharmonic, the Orchestre Symphonique de la Monnaie in Brussels and engagements in Bonn, Zurich, Stockholm, Oslo, Helsinki, Graz, and Rome.
Michael Schønwandt has a special interest in Danish music. He is regarded as one of the leading exponents of Carl Nielsen’s music and has recorded all his symphonies and concertos. He has also recorded the complete symphonies by Niels Gade and Weyse and his interest in contemporary music has led him to conduct many world premieres by Danish composers.
Michael Schønwandt has made many notable recordings with the Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra for Chandos, including Strauss’ Salome, released in 1999, and hailed by the Gramophone magazine as the best recording ever of the work.
In May 2011 Michael Schønwandt was awarded Commander in the Royal Danish Order of the Dannebrog for his particular contribution to the arts.

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Markus Stenz (conductor)

Markus Stenz is Chief Conductor of the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra (since 2012) and Principal Guest Conductor of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra from the 2015/2016 onwards.   His previous positions have included most recently General Music Director of the City of Cologne and Gürzenich-Kapellmeister and Principal Guest Conductor of the Hallé Orchestra (posts he relinquished in the summer of 2014).  Markus Stenz was Artistic Director of the Montepulciano Festival (1989 – 1995), Principal Conductor of the London Sinfonietta (1994 – 1998) – one of the most renowned ensembles for contemporary music and Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra (1998 – 2004).  Trained at the School of Music in Cologne under Volker Wangenheim and at Tanglewood with Leonard Bernstein and Seiji Ozawa, Markus Stenz has held the positions of...
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Markus Stenz is Chief Conductor of the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra (since 2012) and Principal Guest Conductor of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra from the 2015/2016 onwards.
His previous positions have included most recently General Music Director of the City of Cologne and Gürzenich-Kapellmeister and Principal Guest Conductor of the Hallé Orchestra (posts he relinquished in the summer of 2014). Markus Stenz was Artistic Director of the Montepulciano Festival (1989 – 1995), Principal Conductor of the London Sinfonietta (1994 – 1998) – one of the most renowned ensembles for contemporary music and Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra (1998 – 2004). Trained at the School of Music in Cologne under Volker Wangenheim and at Tanglewood with Leonard Bernstein and Seiji Ozawa, Markus Stenz has held the positions of Artistic Director of the Montepulciano Festival (1989 – 1995), Principal Conductor of the London Sinfonietta (1994 – 1998) – one of the most renowned ensembles for contemporary music. As Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra (1998 – 2004) Markus Stenz broadened his repertoire and established his career as an international conductor.
He made his debut as an opera conductor at La Fenice in Venice and has since conducted many world premieres and first performances including Henze’s Das Verratene Meer in Berlin, Venus und Adonis at the Bavarian State Opera in Munich and L’Upupa at the 2003 Salzburg Festival. Markus Stenz has appeared at many of the world’s major opera houses and international festivals including La Scala in Milan, La Monnaie in Brussels, English National Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, San Francisco Opera, Stuttgart Opera, Frankfurt Opera, Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Edinburgh International Festival, the Bregenz Festival (with the world premiere of Solaris by Detlev Glanert in July 2012) and Salzburg Festival.
His notable opera performances in Cologne have included Wagner’s Ring, Lohengrin,Tannhäuser, Tristan und Isolde, Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg and Parsifal as well as Janacek’s Jenufa and Katya Kabanova. Markus Stenz conducts many of the world’s leading orchestras including the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Munich Philharmonic, Gewandhaus Orchestra Leipzig, Berlin Philharmonic, Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich, Vienna Symphony, NHK Symphony Orchestra Tokyo and the Symphony Orchestras of the Bayerische Rundfunk, the HR, the WDR and the NDR. In the United States these have included the Chicago Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic and Boston Symphony Orchestra.
His comprehensive discography includes many award-winning productions. His recording of the complete symphonies of Gustav Mahler with the Gürzenich Orchestra (Oehms Classics), for instance, was given an enthusiasic international reception, and was selected among the "Quarterly Critic's Choice" issued by the German Record Critics' Award Association with the recording of Mahler's 5th. The discography was recently enlarged by the addition of recordings of the world premiere of James MacMillan’s St. Luke Passion and the Dutch première of K. A. Hartmnann’s Simplicius Simplicissimus (Challenge Classics) with the Radio Filharmonisch Orkest as well as various Schönberg-recordings with the Gürzenich-Orchestra Cologne.
The 2015/2016 season leads Markus Stenz all over the world, from São Paulo to Shanghai. He will again conduct premières and world premières, among others the German premiere of a Cello Concerto by Pascal Dusapin with the cellist Alisa Weilerstein and an orchestra work by Dieter Ammann with the Tonhalle-Orchester Zurich in June 2016.
Markus Stenz has been awarded Honorary Fellowship of the Royal North
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Osmo Vänskä (conductor)

Christoph Poppen (conductor)

Over the years, Christoph Poppen has held a number of significant Directorships in Germany. From 1995 to 2006, he was Artistic Director of the Münchener Kammerorchester. In August 2006, he was appointed Music Director of the Radio Symphony Orchestra Saarbrücken, and from 2007 until 2011 he was the Music Director of the newly formed Deutsche Radiophilharmonie Saarbrücken Kaiserslautern: thus, following the fusion of those two orchestras, he ensured that they grew to form a homogeneous artistic unit. In the 2022/23 season, Christoph Poppen continues his highly successful collaborations with the Kölner Kammerorchester in his role as Principal Conductor and as Principal Guest Conductor of both Hong Kong Sinfonietta and Israel Chamber Orchestra, respectively. He has been invited to perform as Guest Conductor with distinguished orchestras including the Deutsches...
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Over the years, Christoph Poppen has held a number of significant Directorships in Germany. From 1995 to 2006, he was Artistic Director of the Münchener Kammerorchester. In August 2006, he was appointed Music Director of the Radio Symphony Orchestra Saarbrücken, and from 2007 until 2011 he was the Music Director of the newly formed Deutsche Radiophilharmonie Saarbrücken Kaiserslautern: thus, following the fusion of those two orchestras, he ensured that they grew to form a homogeneous artistic unit. In the 2022/23 season, Christoph Poppen continues his highly successful collaborations with the Kölner Kammerorchester in his role as Principal Conductor and as Principal Guest Conductor of both Hong Kong Sinfonietta and Israel Chamber Orchestra, respectively. He has been invited to perform as Guest Conductor with distinguished orchestras including the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, the Dresden Staatskapelle, the Bamberger Symphoniker, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Detroit and Indianapolis Symphony Orchestras, the Wiener Symphoniker, the Orquestra Sinfônica do Estado de São Paulo, the New Japan Philharmonic Orchestra, the Singapore Symphony Orchestra, and the Camerata Salzburg.
Christoph Poppen has been Professor of Violin and Chamber Music at the Hochschule für Musik in Detmold, and later at the Hanns Eisler Hochschule für Musik in Berlin, where he was President from 1996 through 2000. From 2001 to 2005, Christoph Poppen was Artistic Director of the renowned ARD International Music Competition.
Since 2003, he has held a post as professor for Violin and Chamber Music at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Munich. In 2019, he founded the International Academy for Music, Arts and Science in the Portuguese town of Marvão, where he had previously founded the Festival Internacional de Música, now a highly successful and award-winning annual musical event. Between 2020 and 2022 he was also Artistic Director of the Classic Revolution Festival in Seoul. Starting with the 2021/22 academic year, he has been appointed Chair Professor of Violin at the prestigious Escuela Superior de Música Reina Sofía in Madrid. The year 2022 marked the third occasion upon which he conducted the Kölner Kammerorchester at the Ruhr Piano Festival.

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Ingo Metzmacher (conductor)

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Press

Under the grasping and cautious direction of Markus Stenz, the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic makes music audible that artistically shimmers between neoclassicism and moderne, jazz and dadaism.
Neue Zürcher Zeitung, 27-2-2015

Six directors which perform brilliant with two dutch orchestras.
tonart, 26-11-2014

Critics poll 2014 - One of the best ten recordings of the year for Stephan Schwarz
Fono Forum, 17-11-2014

"We can say without exeption that this is an top prestation"
Challenge Classics, 17-8-2014

This set is a formidable achievement, superbly recorded. Play these discs at high volume when your neighbours are out.
Theartsdesk.com, 20-7-2014

In view of Interpretation and Sound, this is an inspirational recording, which can be named as a new reference. Music: 5 stars Sound: 5 stars
Fono Forum, 01-7-2014

The duties here fall to James Gaffigan, who claws open the symphony with a confidence not quite heard elsewhere.
Gramophone, 01-6-2014

(...) this Challenge Classic release still warrants the firmest of recommendations
International Record Review, 01-6-2014

If you're equipped for surround sound, this is the set to go for.
BBC Music Magazine, 01-5-2014

Karl Amadeus Hartmann (1905-1963) is one of the most significant but least-known symphonic composers of the 20th century. This set of three hybrid SACDs, issued to mark the 50th anniversary of the German composer’s death, features his eight symphonies played by the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic and Chamber Philharmonic Orchestras under the expert batons of several major conductors. An truly enriching production!
Pizzicato, 29-4-2014

This CD release is a document which value can not be estimated enough: top performances from a vital link in a great tradition
Luister, 22-4-2014

We can say that this is a top performance, without any exception
Opus Klassiek, 17-4-2014

No Quote Wel positief!
Katholiek Nieuwsblad, 04-4-2014

splendiferous package
concerti, 01-4-2014

**** 4-star review
Parool, 17-3-2014

4 from 5 points
Independent on Sunday, 24-2-2014

The collection of symphonies is a valuable document
NRC Handelsblad, 27-1-2014

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Disc #1
01.
Symphony No.1, 'Versuch eines Requiems': I. Introduktion: Elend “Ich sitze und schaue aus”
03:19
(Karl Amadeus Hartmann) Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, Kismara Pessati, Walt Whitman
02.
Symphony No.1, 'Versuch eines Requiems': II. Frühling - “Als jüngst der Flieder blühte”
04:48
(Karl Amadeus Hartmann) Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, Kismara Pessati, Walt Whitman
03.
Symphony No.1, 'Versuch eines Requiems': III. Thema mit vier Variationen
07:32
(Karl Amadeus Hartmann) Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, Walt Whitman
04.
Symphony No.1, 'Versuch eines Requiems': IV. Tränen - “In der Nacht der Einsamkeit”
07:43
(Karl Amadeus Hartmann) Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, Kismara Pessati, Walt Whitman
05.
Symphony No.1, 'Versuch eines Requiems': V. Epilog: Bitte - “Ich hörte die Allmutter”
02:48
(Karl Amadeus Hartmann) Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, Kismara Pessati, Walt Whitman
06.
Symphony No.2, 'Adagio’: Adagio
16:55
(Karl Amadeus Hartmann) Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, James Gaffigan
07.
Symphony No.3: Largo ma non troppo - Allegro con fuoco (Virtuose Fuge)
16:46
(Karl Amadeus Hartmann) Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra
08.
Symphony No.3: Adagio - Andante - Allegro moderato - Andante - Adagio
15:15
(Karl Amadeus Hartmann) Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra

Disc #2
01.
Symphony No.4: I. Lento assai - Con passione
14:47
(Karl Amadeus Hartmann) Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra
02.
Symphony No.4: II. Allegro di molto, risoluto
09:19
(Karl Amadeus Hartmann) Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra
03.
Symphony No.4: III. Adagio appassionato
06:41
(Karl Amadeus Hartmann) Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra
04.
Symphony No.5, 'Sinfonia concertante': Toccata
04:47
(Karl Amadeus Hartmann) Netherlands Radio Chamber Philharmonic
05.
Symphony No.5, 'Sinfonia concertante': Melodie
07:00
(Karl Amadeus Hartmann) Netherlands Radio Chamber Philharmonic
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Symphony No.5, 'Sinfonia concertante': Rondo
04:01
(Karl Amadeus Hartmann) Netherlands Radio Chamber Philharmonic
07.
Symphony No.6: I. Adagio
13:23
(Karl Amadeus Hartmann) Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra
08.
Symphony No.6: II. Toccata variata
12:01
(Karl Amadeus Hartmann) Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra

Disc #3
01.
Symphony No.7: I. Introduction und Ricercare
09:16
(Karl Amadeus Hartmann) Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra
02.
Symphony No.7: II. Adagio mesto cantanto e tranquillo
18:16
(Karl Amadeus Hartmann) Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra
03.
Symphony No.8: I. Cantilene
13:46
(Karl Amadeus Hartmann) Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra
04.
Symphony No.8: II. Dithyrambe: Scherzo - Fuga
09:50
(Karl Amadeus Hartmann) Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra
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