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Dutch Masters and their inspiration

The Stolz Quartet

Dutch Masters and their inspiration

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Format: CD
Label: Challenge Classics
UPC: 0608917263329
Catnr: CC 72633
Release date: 26 February 2014
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Challenge Classics
UPC
0608917263329
Catalogue number
CC 72633
Release date
26 February 2014

""Played with a lot of love by the Stolzkwartet and very beautiful recorded.""

Luister, 01-10-2014
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About the album

Contemporary works in a lively and touching interpretation.

The Quartet; oboe, violin, viola, cello, lean particularly to contemporary music. Along with their concerts, music-theater projects and CDs they are going to prove to the audience that contemporary music can be accepted and, above all, touches people. In many performances the quartet has already succeeded - the audience was enthusiastic and many composers have written especially for the Quartet.

Their new recording already gathered well-known works such as the 4 Preludes of Alexander Scriabin and "Tombeau de Couperin" by Maurice Ravel, as well as works by Theo Verbey, Einar Einarsson Torfi, Klaas de Vries and Robert Zuidam.

A colorful album with so called "modern" works.

Hedendaagse werken in een levendige en aangrijpende interpretatie
Dit album bevat werken van hedendaagse componisten in combinatie met bekende werken van hun inspiritatiebronnen, zoals de Vier Preludes van Alexander Scriabin en Tombeau de Couperin van Maurice Ravel. De stukken zijn uiteenlopend en origineel en vormen samen een kleurrijk en levendig album.

Het Stolz Quartet, dat bestaat uit hobo, viool, altviool en cello, leunt vooral op hedendaagse muziek. Samen met hun concerten, muziektheater projecten en albums willen ze het publiek bewijzen dat muziek van nu geaccepteerd kan worden en bovenal mensen kan raken. In vele uitvoeringen heeft het kwartet al succes gehad: het publiek was enthousiast en vele componisten hebben speciaal voor het kwartet composities geschreven.

Het Stolz Quartet was ontstaan als een droom; een passionele overtuiging dat het mogelijk is om klassieke muziek en het hedendaagse muziektheater op een manier te presenteren die een rijke en mooie ervaring creëert voor de luisteraar, kijker en de musici, een ervaring die de aanwezigen raakt en verbindt.

Zeitgenössische Werke in lebendiger und berührender Interpretation.

The Stolz Quartet in der Besetzung Oboe, Violine, Viola, Cello, setzt sich besonders für zeitgenössische Musik ein. Es ist das Anliegen der Musikerinnen mit ihren Konzerten, Musiktheaterprojekten und CDs den Zuhörer zu beweisen, dass zeitgenössische Musik angenommen werden kann und vor allen Dingen, die Menschen berührt. In vielen Aufführungen ist es dem Quartett bereits gelungen, das Publikum war begeistert und zahlreiche Komponisten schrieben eigens für das Stolz Quartet.

Ihre Neuaufnahme versammelt bereits bekannte Werke wie die 4 Préludes von Alexander Skriabin und „Tombeau de Couperin“ von Maurice Ravel sowie dazu Werke von Theo Verbey, Einar Torfi Einarsson, Klaas de Vries und Robert Zuidam.

Ein facettenreiches Album mit „modernen“ Werken.

Artist(s)

The Stolz Quartet

Als je mensen op een andere manier naar klassieke muziek wil laten luisteren, als je een andere ervaring wilt creëren, als je mensen wil laten zien wat ze nooit konden of wilden zien, als je mensen op die manier met elkaar wilt verbinden, dan zul je – als het maar even kan – buiten de gebaande paden van de muziek- of theaterpraktijk moeten lopen. Met die stelling in het achterhoofd en heel veel muzikale overgave speelt The Stolz Quartet klassieke en moderne muziek, vaak in een theatrale vorm. De muzikanten van The Stolz Quartet: Marieke Schut Marieke Schut is de hoboïste en grote initiator van The Stolz. Met het oprichten van the Stolz ging een droom in vervulling: het spelen van geweldige muziek met...
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Als je mensen op een andere manier naar klassieke muziek wil laten luisteren, als je een andere ervaring wilt creëren, als je mensen wil laten zien wat ze nooit konden of wilden zien, als je mensen op die manier met elkaar wilt verbinden, dan zul je – als het maar even kan – buiten de gebaande paden van de muziek- of theaterpraktijk moeten lopen.
Met die stelling in het achterhoofd en heel veel muzikale overgave speelt The Stolz Quartet klassieke en moderne muziek, vaak in een theatrale vorm.
De muzikanten van The Stolz Quartet:

Marieke Schut

Marieke Schut is de hoboïste en grote initiator van The Stolz. Met het oprichten van the Stolz ging een droom in vervulling: het spelen van geweldige muziek met bevriende topmusici. Zij heeft nog andere grote liefdes in haar werk: het ASKO|Schönberg, waar ze werkt met de beste componisten van deze tijd, denk aan György Ligeti en Karlheinz Stockhausen. Vanuit dit ensemble heeft zij de “Ligeti Academie” bedacht, vormgegeven en opgericht: een hedendaagse muziek leerplaats voor conservatoriumstudenten. Ze speelde onder grote dirigenten als: Claudio Abbado, Leonard Bernstein en natuurlijk moeten haar beide grote leermeesters ook genoemd: de hoboïsten Heinz Friessen en Heinz Holliger. Zij is tevens hoboïste bij Holland Symfonia, weet erg veel van modern theater en de menselijke hersenen.

Liesbeth Steffens

Deze veelzijdige altvioliste is mede oprichtster van dit prachtige ensemble: The Stolz Quartet. Ooit was zij ook medeoprichtster van het fameuze kamerorkest Amsterdam Sinfoniëtta. Zij speelde veel bij het Koninklijk Concertgebouworkest en in talloze kamermuziekformaties. Is sinds 1985 altvioliste in het ASKO|Schönberg en geeft les aan het conservatorium te Den Haag, waar zij zelf studeerde en cum laude haar examen deed. Haar docenten waren de wereldberoemde Nobuko Imai, Ferdinand Erblich en Jürgen Kussmaul. Zij beheerst ook de Japanse Shiatsu en kan bovendien heel lekker koken.

Jellantsje de Vries Veelzijdig en eigenzinnig, dit zijn de eigenschappen die de jonge violiste Jellantsje de Vries het meest typeren. Haar activiteiten op muziekgebied zijn zeer uiteenlopend – van orkest tot solo, van oude muziek tot hedendaags, van klassiek tot pop en van traditioneel tot muziektheater – niets is uitgesloten. Met name muziektheater speelt een grote rol in haar carriëre. Jellantsje begon met vioolspelen toen ze 6 was en kreeg les van Coosje Wijzenbeek, Lex Korff de Gidts en Vera Beths, bij wie ze in 2012 haar Masters unaniem cum laude afsloot. Naast The Stolz Quartet is ze actief in andere ensembles, o.a. Looptail en KRAPLAK, en speelt ze vaak bij ASKO|Schönberg. Tekenen en acteren zijn ook een belangrijk onderdeel van haar leven.

Doris Hochscheid

Doris genoot haar opleiding bij Dmitri Ferschtman en Melissa Phelps, waarna zij nog een aantal jaar in Parijs studeerde bij Philip Muller. Doris heeft een grote passie voor Nederlandse cellomuziek, zij heeft dan ook samen met haar vaste pianist Frans van Ruth de Stichting Cellosonate Nederland opgericht; als duo spelen zij vele concerten en nemen zij CD’s op. Doris is tevens een bevlogen vertolkster van hedendaagse muziek; sinds 10 jaar is zij celliste bij het ASKO|Schönberg, waarmee zij als soliste optrad in het speciaal voor haar geschreven celloconcert van Dimitris Andrikopoulos. Zij is docente hedendaagse kamermuziek aan het conservatorium van Amsterdam, waar zij ook onderricht geeft in Alexander Techniek, een voor musici belangrijke en weldadige houdingsleer.


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Composer(s)

Franz Liszt

If you would open any biography of Franz Liszt, you would probably mostly read about his disquiet life as a piano virtuoso, his passionate love life, and the return to his catholic roots at the end of his life. Although all of this might be true, it only scratches the surface of his comprehensive musical personality. Liszt was a pianist, conductor, teacher and organiser, but above all he was a composer of a voluminous, capricious body of work. Even though his piano works formed his core business, he gave rise to the symphonic poem, got rid of the organ's stuffy appearance, and reinvigorated the oratorio. Moreover, with his piano transciptions of Bach's organ works and Berlioz's Symphonie Fantastique, he was an...
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If you would open any biography of Franz Liszt, you would probably mostly read about his disquiet life as a piano virtuoso, his passionate love life, and the return to his catholic roots at the end of his life. Although all of this might be true, it only scratches the surface of his comprehensive musical personality. Liszt was a pianist, conductor, teacher and organiser, but above all he was a composer of a voluminous, capricious body of work. Even though his piano works formed his core business, he gave rise to the symphonic poem, got rid of the organ's stuffy appearance, and reinvigorated the oratorio. Moreover, with his piano transciptions of Bach's organ works and Berlioz's Symphonie Fantastique, he was an advocate of both old and new music.
Together with his son-in-law Richard Wagner, he was in the forefront of the Romantic movement and anticipated the musical revolutions of the early 20th century with his new composition techniques.


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Maurice Ravel

Joseph Maurice Ravel was a French composer who is often associated with impressionism along with his elder contemporary Claude Debussy, although both composers rejected the term. In the 1920s and 1930s Ravel was internationally regarded as France's greatest living composer. Born to a music-loving family, Ravel attended France's premier music college, the Paris Conservatoire; he was not well regarded by its conservative establishment, whose biased treatment of him caused a scandal. After leaving the Conservatoire Ravel found his own way as a composer, developing a style of great clarity, incorporating elements of baroque, neoclassicism and, in his later works, jazz. He liked to experiment with musical form, as in his best-known work, Boléro (1928), in which repetition takes the place of...
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Joseph Maurice Ravel was a French composer who is often associated with impressionism along with his elder contemporary Claude Debussy, although both composers rejected the term. In the 1920s and 1930s Ravel was internationally regarded as France's greatest living composer.
Born to a music-loving family, Ravel attended France's premier music college, the Paris Conservatoire; he was not well regarded by its conservative establishment, whose biased treatment of him caused a scandal. After leaving the Conservatoire Ravel found his own way as a composer, developing a style of great clarity, incorporating elements of baroque, neoclassicism and, in his later works, jazz. He liked to experiment with musical form, as in his best-known work, Boléro (1928), in which repetition takes the place of development. He made some orchestral arrangements of other composers' music, of which his 1922 version of Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition is the best known.
As a slow and painstaking worker, Ravel composed fewer pieces than many of his contemporaries. Among his works to enter the repertoire are pieces for piano, chamber music, two piano concertos, ballet music, two operas, and eight song cycles; he wrote no symphonies and only one religious work. Many of his works exist in two versions: a first, piano score and a later orchestration. Some of his piano music, such as Gaspard de la nuit (1908), is exceptionally difficult to play, and his complex orchestral works such as Daphnis et Chloé (1912) require skilful balance in performance.

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Alexander Scriabin

Alexander Scriabin was a Russian composer and pianist. He began playing the piano at the age of five, but received his first lessons only at the age of eleven. He could not play from sight, but studied the score and played the compositions by heart afterwards. He was also a gifted improviser. During the rest of his live Scriabin made a living as a composer and concert pianist.He established contracts with publishers and also had a patron in his former student Margarita Morozova for some time. In addition, he annually won a money prize in the context of the Glinka-prize for new compositions that was set up by Beljajev. Scriabin primarily wrote for solo piano and orchestra. His music progressively evolved over...
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Alexander Scriabin was a Russian composer and pianist. He began playing the piano at the age of five, but received his first lessons only at the age of eleven. He could not play from sight, but studied the score and played the compositions by heart afterwards. He was also a gifted improviser.
During the rest of his live Scriabin made a living as a composer and concert pianist.He established contracts with publishers and also had a patron in his former student Margarita Morozova for some time. In addition, he annually won a money prize in the context of the Glinka-prize for new compositions that was set up by Beljajev.
Scriabin primarily wrote for solo piano and orchestra. His music progressively evolved over the course of his life, although the evolution was very rapid and especially brief when compared to most composers. His earliest piano pieces resemble those of Frédéric Chopin. The works from his middle and late period use very unusual harmonies and textures.
From 1904 till 1910 Scriabin lived in western Europe, primarily in Switzerland, but also in northern Italy, Paris and Brussels. After his return to Russia he found himself in the middle of a circle of admirers who were attracted to his exalted and mystic ideas. During the last years of his life he worked on a grandiose manifestation, a Gesamtkunstwerk, Mysterium, in which all arts and all people would have been united. He left only sketches of the prelude to this piece (L'action préalable) and large amounts of text.

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Robert Zuidam

The focal point of Robert Zuidam’s compositional output is targeted at vocal music and particularly that of music theatre. The McGonagall-Lieder (1997-2001) for colorature-soprano and ensemble, Pancho Villa (1988-’90) voor mezzo-soprano and piano, Nella Città Dolente (1998) for vocal octet and particularly Calligramme/il pleut (1991, rev. 2009), for two female voices a cappella, belong to Zuidam’s most frequently performed works. In 2012 his Canciones del Alma was premiered in Amsterdam Concertgebouw, again starring Katrien Baerts. He is currently working on a Requiem, for the Netherlands Chamber Choir and  Asko|Schönberg. It was Hans Werner Henze, who made Zuidam aware of his potential as an opera-composer and -librettist, and commissioned him to create a full-length opera for the Biennale für Neues Musiktheater in...
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The focal point of Robert Zuidam’s compositional output is targeted at vocal music and particularly that of music theatre. The McGonagall-Lieder (1997-2001) for colorature-soprano and ensemble, Pancho Villa (1988-’90) voor mezzo-soprano and piano, Nella Città Dolente (1998) for vocal octet and particularly Calligramme/il pleut (1991, rev. 2009), for two female voices a cappella, belong to Zuidam’s most frequently performed works. In 2012 his Canciones del Alma was premiered in Amsterdam Concertgebouw, again starring Katrien Baerts. He is currently working on a Requiem, for the Netherlands Chamber Choir and Asko|Schönberg.
It was Hans Werner Henze, who made Zuidam aware of his potential as an opera-composer and -librettist, and commissioned him to create a full-length opera for the Biennale für Neues Musiktheater in Munich, Germany. This resulted in Freeze, an opera based on the story of the Patricia Hearst-kidnap, which was realized in 1994 in a co-production with the Holland Festival and the Staatstheater Braunschweig. Soprano Susan Narucki performed the leading role of the piece, that prompted Klaus Umbach, music-critic of Der Spiegel to label Zuidam as “ein genialischer Hund”.
A second opera, Rage d’amours, was commissioned by the Boston Symphony Orchestra and was premiered in August 2003 at Tanglewood, with the much acclaimed soprano Lucy Shelton as leading lady. Also on this occasion, the press responded with enthusiasm. The New York Times wrote: “a formidable work... a score that keeps you hooked... with Rage d’amours Mr. Zuidam announces himself as a composer to reckon with”. Rage d’amours, which portrays the turbulent relationship of Johanna the Insane and Philip the Handsome, received its European premiere in June 2005 during the Holland Festival in Amsterdam, in a double-bill with Zuidam’s McGonagall-Lieder, with Claron McFadden, Barbara Hannigan and Young-Hee-Kim performing the leading roles, in a staging by Guy Cassiers, and was revived by Festival in de Branding, The Hague 2010. In 2006 the chamber-opera Der Hund was created, in a production of Muziektheater De Helling, directed by door Aat Ceelen, about the final hour of the Austrian suicidal misanthrope Otto Weininger.
In 2009, Zuidam composed Adam in Ballingschap for De Nederlandse Opera and the Holland Festival, after Joost van den Vondel’s play from 1664, again staged by Guy Cassiers, with Claron McFadden and Thomas Oliemans performing the leading roles. Zuidam’s opera Suster Bertken, about the life and poetry of a 15th-century anchoress from Utrecht, received its first, semi-staged performances in December 2010 with soprano Katrien Baerts in the title role and Asko|Schönberg. A new scenic production directed by Pierre Audi is staged at Holland Festival 2013 in a double bill with his latest work Troparion for Helena Rasker and a small ensemble with acclaimed violinist Liza Ferschtman in the lead.
In addition to this, Robert Zuidam composed a large number of works for orchestra, ensembles and soloists. Besides his work as a composer, Zuidam is also active as an essayist on music, a.o. for the Dutch newspaper NRC Handelsblad. In 2010, Zuidam taught and lectured at Harvard University as Erasmus Professor, and was awarded the Kees van Baaren-Prize in The Hague, for his opera Rage d’amours. Zuidam’s music is published by Deuss Music, The Hague.

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Press

"Played with a lot of love by the Stolzkwartet and very beautiful recorded."
Luister, 01-10-2014

"This is played with a lot of love by the Stolz Quartet and beautifully recorded. Really something to be proud of"
, 11-8-2014

Get ready to be blown away 
Opus Klassiek, 19-5-2014

An album with a prominent role for the oboe
Plato Mania, 01-5-2014

The CD recording promises!
Klassiek Centraal, 24-4-2014

Dutch masters on this beautiful played sequence for oboe and strin trio are the composers Klaas de Vries, Theo Verbey and Zuidam, plus the Icelander Einar Torfi Einarsson, while Liszt, Scriabin and Ravel figures in arrangements.
Sunday Times, 20-4-2014

Very interesting
Klassiekcentraal, 21-3-2014

**** 4-star review: "The presented works are mainly playful and sweet-voiced"
Volkskrant, 12-3-2014

The Stoltz Quartet has a great feeling of musical color and harmony. A coherent performance, played tight but also very transparent. It’s obvious, this quartet loves the music they play which overleaps to the listener and make them enthusiastic as well.
Musicframes, 08-3-2014

A colorful album with so called "modern" works.
platomania, 26-2-2014

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