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De Schelde
Peter Benoit

Martyn Brabbins / Royal Flemish Philharmonic

De Schelde

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Format: CD
Label: Royal Flemish Philharmonic
UPC: 0608917760125
Catnr: RFP 009
Release date: 28 October 2014
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Label
Royal Flemish Philharmonic
UPC
0608917760125
Catalogue number
RFP 009
Release date
28 October 2014
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About the album

As one of the pioneers of the Flemish (i.e. Dutch-speaking) music scene, Benoit was a rarity in the predominantly French-speaking cultural landscape of Belgium. Benoit’s commitment to “national music” made him one of the first European music nationalists to incorporate his theories in numerous articles and educational essays. As director of the Antwerp Conservatoire, he promoted the education of “thinking men and women” who do not stand alone as virtuoso artists, but also assume a guiding role in society. He considered the relationship between composer, musician, and listener to be “so intimate, that all aesthetic balance disappears if that bond is broken, or simply does not exist.” Benoit became so convinced of the importance of music in binding a community in the Flemish fight for emancipation that he decided to set a good example himself. From the late 1870s onwards, he expressed himself only in songs, choral music, and cantatas, at times intended for outdoor performance.

A Dutch-language oratorio about the Scheldt was of huge symbolic value. Depicting the river as a lifeline reflected the radical optimism of Benoit’s cultural policy. He had chosen the subject well: few other European rivers had so often been the subject of cross-border conflicts, treaties, lawsuits, sieges, blockades, and battles on both land and open sea as the Scheldt. For the libretto, he collaborated with writer Emanuel Hiel, who had previously provided the libretto for Lucifer. Together they created a complex scenario, moving away from the narrative oratorio tradition, in which the river is used to depict a journey through national consciousness.
Als Verfechter der "Nationalmusik" war Peter Benoit ein Außenseiter in der hauptsächlich französischsprachigen Kulturlandschaft Belgiens und hatte das Sujet seines Oratoriums weise gewählt: Kaum ein anderer europäischer Fluss war so oft der Schauplatz von Grenzkonflikten, Verträgen, Rechtsstreitigkeiten, Belagerungen, Blockaden und Kämpfen zu Lande und zu Wasser gewesen wie die Schelde. Zusammen mit Librettist Emanuel Hiel schuf Benoit ein komplexes Szenario voller Optimismus, in dem der Fluss die Lebenslinie des emanzipierten Flamens darstellt: ein Oratorium in niederländischer Sprache - Pionierarbeit.
 

Artist(s)

Netherlands Radio Choir

The Netherlands Radio Choir is the largest professional choir in the Netherlands. Since its founding in 1946, the choir has performed a broad repertoire ranging from Baroque to contemporary music and has been synonymous with top-level music performed with passion. It works in various sizes and formations, depending on the music concerned and the conductor. First official chief conductor of the Netherlands Radio Choir was Kenneth Montgomery. After him came Robin Gritton, Martin Wright, Simon Halsey, Celso Antunes and Gijs Leenaars. As from the 2015-2016 season Klaas Stok is chief conductor of the Netherlands Radio Choir. Michael Gläser has been its permanent guest conductor since September 2010. The Netherlands Radio Choir has worked with guest conductors such as Marcus Creed and Peter Dijkstra,...
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The Netherlands Radio Choir is the largest professional choir in the Netherlands. Since its founding in 1946, the choir has performed a broad repertoire ranging from Baroque to contemporary music and has been synonymous with top-level music performed with passion. It works in various sizes and formations, depending on the music concerned and the conductor.
First official chief conductor of the Netherlands Radio Choir was Kenneth Montgomery. After him came Robin Gritton, Martin Wright, Simon Halsey, Celso Antunes and Gijs Leenaars. As from the 2015-2016 season Klaas Stok is chief conductor of the Netherlands Radio Choir. Michael Gläser has been its permanent guest conductor since September 2010.
The Netherlands Radio Choir has worked with guest conductors such as Marcus Creed and Peter Dijkstra, with early music specialists as Frans Brüggen, Philippe Herreweghe and Ton Koopman, and in the symphonic choral repertoire with Jaap van Zweden, James Gaffigan, Markus Stenz and Sir Simon Rattle, among others.
The choir often performs with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra in public radio concert series, and it is regularly invited to perform with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra.
Since the early 1980s, the Netherlands Radio Choir has been a frequent guest in the Saturday Matinee series of the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. In these concerts the choir has regularly performed pre- mieres and works by contemporary composers such as Ligeti, Boulez, Birtwistle, Kagel, Reich, Wagemans, Adès, Adams and Vleggaar. Most concerts of the Netherlands Radio Choir are live broadcasted by Radio 4. On CD the Netherlands Radio Choir excels in a broad repertoire including music by Keuris, MacMillan, Mahler, Poulenc, Rossini and Wagner.

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Antwerp Symphony Orchestra

The Antwerp Symphony Orchestra is the symphony orchestra of Flanders and is based in the new Queen Elisabeth Hall in Antwerp. Under the baton of Chief Conductor Elim Chan (from the 2019-2020 season) and Principal Guest Conductor Philippe Herreweghe the orchestra wants to move and inspire a large and diverse audience through top-level concert experiences. Thanks to its own series of concerts in large venues, the Antwerp Symphony Orchestra occupies a unique position in Flanders. The Antwerp Symphony Orchestra has also been a guest of some major foreign concert halls: the Musikverein and Konzerthaus in Vienna, the Festspielhaus in Salzburg, the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, the Suntory Hall and the Bunka Kaikan Hall in Tokyo, the Philharmonie of Cologne and Munich, the Palace...
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The Antwerp Symphony Orchestra is the symphony orchestra of Flanders and is based in the new Queen Elisabeth Hall in Antwerp. Under the baton of Chief Conductor Elim Chan (from the 2019-2020 season) and Principal Guest Conductor Philippe Herreweghe the orchestra wants to move and inspire a large and diverse audience through top-level concert experiences.

Thanks to its own series of concerts in large venues, the Antwerp Symphony Orchestra occupies a unique position in Flanders. The Antwerp Symphony Orchestra has also been a guest of some major foreign concert halls: the Musikverein and Konzerthaus in Vienna, the Festspielhaus in Salzburg, the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, the Suntory Hall and the Bunka Kaikan Hall in Tokyo, the Philharmonie of Cologne and Munich, the Palace of Art in Budapest and the National Grand Theatre of Beijing. International concert tours through Europe and Asia are a constant item on the yearly calendar.

Alongside its regular concerts, the orchestra attaches great value to developing educational and social projects, offering children, youngsters, and people with different social backgrounds the opportunity to get acquainted with the symphony orchestra from close quarters.

The Antwerp Symphony Orchestra collaborates with major classical music labels and several of the orchestra's CDs received acclaim by the professional press. The orchestra also curates its own label, focusing on the main orchestral repertoire, Belgian composers and contemporary music.


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Flemish Radio Choir

The Vlaams Radio Koor (Flemish Radio Choir) was founded in 1937 by the Belgian public broadcaster of the day. Today it has become a choir of exceptionally high quality that counts both domestically and internationally among the top ensembles. The 24 professional singers rehearse under the baton of chief conductor Hervé Niquet in Studio 1 of the well-known Flagey building in Brussels, and perform throughout Flanders and Europe.
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The Vlaams Radio Koor (Flemish Radio Choir) was founded in 1937 by the Belgian public broadcaster of the day. Today it has become a choir of exceptionally high quality that counts both domestically and internationally among the top ensembles. The 24 professional singers rehearse under the baton of chief conductor Hervé Niquet in Studio 1 of the well-known Flagey building in Brussels, and perform throughout Flanders and Europe.

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Martyn Brabbins (conductor)

Martyn Brabbins was appointed music director of the English National Opera in 2016. An inspirational force in British music, Brabbins has had a busy opera career since his early days at the Kirov and more recently at La Scala, the Bayerische Staatsoper, and regularly in Lyon, Amsterdam, Frankfurt and Antwerp. He is a popular figure at the BBC Proms and with many of the UK’s top orchestras, and regularly conducts top international orchestras such as the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra and Deutsches Symphonie- Orchester Berlin. Known for his advocacy of new music and particularly of British composers, he has conducted hundreds of world premières across the globe. He has recorded over 120 CDs to date, including prizewinning discs...
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Martyn Brabbins was appointed music director of the English National Opera in 2016. An inspirational force in British music, Brabbins has had a busy opera career since his early days at the Kirov and more recently at La Scala, the Bayerische Staatsoper, and regularly in Lyon, Amsterdam, Frankfurt and Antwerp. He is a popular figure at the BBC Proms and with many of the UK’s top orchestras, and regularly conducts top international orchestras such as the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra and Deutsches Symphonie- Orchester Berlin.

Known for his advocacy of new music and particularly of British composers, he has conducted hundreds of world premières across the globe. He has recorded over 120 CDs to date, including prizewinning discs of operas by Korngold, Birtwistle and Harvey. He was associate principal conductor of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra (1994–2005), principal guest conductor of the Royal Flemish Philhar- monic (2009–15), chief conductor of the Nagoya Philharmonic Orchestra (2012– 16) and artistic director of the Cheltenham International Festival of Music (2005– 07), and in 2016 was appointed visiting professor at the Royal College of Music.


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Disc #1
01.
Part I / Deel I: Intro
04:49
02.
Part I / Deel I: ‘O Schelde, ik heb uw stem gehoord’
02:31
03.
Part I / Deel I: ‘Bij zomerbrand’
04:53
04.
Part I / Deel I: ‘Hoi, hi, oh!’
06:32
05.
Part I / Deel I: ‘Ha! Wat heimlik vreugdegeschater’
02:02
06.
Part I / Deel I: ‘De avond is voor goed gevallen’
03:17
07.
Part I / Deel I: ‘De maan verguldt de baren’
03:17
08.
Part II / Deel II: ‘O, schoone stroom’
03:32
09.
Part II / Deel II: ‘Helder lacht nog onze vloed’
03:01
10.
Part II / Deel II: ‘Vrijheid, gij zult het volk bezielen’
03:42
11.
Part II / Deel II: ‘Geheven de lelievaan!’
01:34
12.
Part II / Deel II: ‘‘k Werp het doodenhulsel af’
05:39
13.
Part II / Deel II: ‘Vrijheid! Nering!’
02:31
14.
Part II / Deel II: ‘Hoe zich het water roert!...’
02:42
15.
Part II / Deel II: ‘De menschen lijden’
04:08
16.
Part II / Deel II: ‘Wilhelmus van Nassouwen’
01:07

Disc #2
01.
Part III / Deel III: ‘Hij, die den geest’
04:29
02.
Part III / Deel III: ‘Als de bleeke lelie’
03:07
03.
Part III / Deel III: ‘Takelt de masten op’
01:19
04.
Part III / Deel III: ‘Ach, na het duister’
00:47
05.
Part III / Deel III: ‘Bij den sidderglans der starren’
03:04
06.
Part III / Deel III: ‘God, wat is de liefde blind’
03:23
07.
Part III / Deel III: ‘Als bieën door de bloemen’
03:46
08.
Part III / Deel III: ‘Een huisjen aan het Scheldestrand’
02:36
09.
Part III / Deel III: ‘Ach, is mijn streven enkel blindwerk?’
03:53
10.
Part III / Deel III: ‘Hoe klinglen de klokken’
04:12
11.
Part III / Deel III: ‘Schelde, voeg uw’ grootsche accoorden’
04:20
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