Jan Willem de Vriend / The Netherlands Symphony Orchestra

Symphonies nos. 4 & 5

Price: € 12.95
Format: SACD hybrid
Label: Challenge Classics
UPC: 0608917265828
Catnr: CC 72658
Release date: 07 November 2014
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Challenge Classics
Catalogue number
CC 72658
Release date
07 November 2014

""They seem so simple and quietly moving, but the power of music is also in the seemingly rolling obvious sovereignty that subtle takes obstacles."  "

Luister, 01-6-2015

About the album

There could barely be a greater contrast between Mendelssohn’s Italian and Reformation symphonies. The Italian: a fiery, vivacious Mendelssohn, a perfect illustration of his nervous and enthusiastic nature and a rousing romp through Italy. The Reformation: often solemn, with a clearly religious bias; a work that might even be referred to as a ‘monument’. But there is also a similarity. Mendelssohn never wanted either of these works to be published. Oddly enough, he was not satisfied with them. They came to be printed after the composer’s death. The composer’s symphonies are numbered according to their publication dates rather than chronologically by when they were written. ‘No. 4’, the Italian (written in 1833), was actually the third and ‘No. 5’, the Reformation (1830), the second.
The Italian is a real party piece. This was certainly the view following the work’s premiere in London on 13 May 1833, given by the Philharmonic Society. (Mendelssohn was highly acclaimed in London, where he had been commissioned to produce a new symphony).
The Reformation Symphony had its roots in quite different soil. In 1830, Germany was celebrating the 300th anniversary of the Confession of Augsburg. The Confession was a key document for Lutheranism, and its submission to Emperor Charles V in 1530 marked an enormous event for the Reformation, as Lutheranism became the official state religion. Mendelssohn wanted to make a contribution towards this national obeisance with a large-scale symphony. He incorporated two well-known Protestant melodies into the work.
De voltooiing van Jan Willem de Vriends cyclus van symfonieën van Mendelssohn
Dit album vormt de afsluiting van de cyclus van symfonieën van Mendelssohn, uitgevoerd door het Nederlands Symfonieorkest onder leiding van Jan Willem de Vriend. De Vriend begon in 2012 met de opnames voor deze driedelige serie.

Het album bevat twee met elkaar contrasterende symfonieën: de vierde en de vijfde. Deze symfonieën laten zien hoe veelzijdig Mendelssohn is. De Vierde Symfonie (de Italiaanse) is een feestelijk werk. Zo werd het in ieder geval opgevat tijdens de première in Londen op 13 mei 1833. Het werk laat de nerveuze en enthousiaste aard van Mendelssohn goed zien. De Vijfde Symfonie (de Reformatie) is plechtig, en geschreven ter gelegenheid van het 300-jarig jubileum van de belijdenis van Augsburg. Er zijn twee bekende Protestantse melodieën in de symfonie verwerkt: "Dresden Amen" en "Ein feste Burg".

De symfonieën hebben toch een ding met elkaar gemeen: Mendelssohn was zo ontevreden met deze werken dat hij ze niet wilde publiceren. Hij verborg de werken na hun premières in een la. De Vierde Symfonie werd pas vier jaar, en de Vijfde Symfonie zelfs 21 jaar na de dood van de componist gepubliceerd.
Mendelssohns Italienische Symphonie versprüht wahre Feierlaune - das war sicherlich die vorherrschende Stimmung nach der Premiere in London. Die Reformationssymphonie hingegen hat ihre Wurzeln in ganz anderem Boden. Im Jahre ihrer Komposition feierte Deutschland das 300. Jubiläum der Augsburger Konfession, und auch Mendelssohn wollte seiner Ehrerbietung Ausdruck verleihen. Er entwarf dafür diese großangelegte Symphonie und wob als persönliche Referent auch zwei bekannte, protestantische Melodien mit in das musikalische Gewebe hinein.

In dieser Aufnahme verbindet de Vriend zwei grundverschiedene Symphonien, doch gerade dieser Kontrast zeigt noch einmal Mendelssohns Vielseitigkeit auf und vervollständigt mit Nachdruck de Vriends Zyklus von Mendelssohn-Symphonien.



"They seem so simple and quietly moving, but the power of music is also in the seemingly rolling obvious sovereignty that subtle takes obstacles."  
Luister, 01-6-2015

"If their is one wire through the rich musical life of Jan Willem de Vriend is it his enthusiasm." 
De Volkskrant, 15-5-2015

4**** ["].. Supported by alert orchestral playing, he reveals a style closer to Beethoven than is often the case in these two symphonies."
BBC Music Magazine, 01-4-2015

De Vriend's Mendelssohn is muscular and dynamic. 4 out of 5 stars
BBC Music Magazine, 30-3-2015

"Such a fresh breeze didn't sweep throug Mendelssohns "italian symphony" in a long time"
BR Klassik, 13-3-2015

"A special mention deserves the rich sound of the woodwinds that get an important place in the colourful whole."
Luister, 06-3-2015

"De Vriend and his orchestra present volume 3 with the symphonies of Mendelssohn, that already has reference status just as the complete Beethoven symphonies." "A fresh, dynamic and often surprising Mendelssohn." "Jan Willem de Vriend demolishes the image showing Mendelssohn as a nice and romantic composer with a flowery sound. His Mendelssohn is modern, dynamic virile and peppery." Highest ranking: 'Pizzicato Supersonic'
Pizzicato, 05-3-2015

["]...I concluded that, 'for a fresh immediate statement that compels one's attention from start to finish, I cannot imagine anyone being disappointed by this new release'."
Gramophone, 01-3-2015

"As well as with the Symphonies of Beethoven De Vriend has removed the dust from these works." "A splendid plea for this unjustly forgotten music."
Trouw, 06-2-2015

"A beautifull new conviction for this forgotten music"
Trouw, 01-1-1970

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