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.
 

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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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