Residentie Orkest The Hague

Serenade no. 1 / Variations on a Theme by Haydn

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Format: SACD
Label: Challenge Classics
UPC: 0608917269222
Catnr: CC 72692
Release date: 06 May 2016
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Release date
06 May 2016

"Consigliati Da Classic Voice - 01/01/2017"

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In today's world, one often perceives a division between art and academia, and composers and musicologists generally don't have much to say to one another. But that division has not always existed. Brahms himself was surrounded by a circle of academics who for him were also a source of animated comradeship. With some of them, Brahms would go on long walks outside Vienna and even on summer holidays. The men enjoyed long and sometimes loud, discussions about their shared obsessions, discoveries and findings. Brahms had these very discussions to thank for his lifelong interest in 'early music'. He even collaborated intensively on the critical editions of Couperin, Handel and Bach's sons and received interesting and useful advice form his friends. Since adopting a new artistic profile, The Hague Philharmonic is demonstrating more than ever that symphonic music can still be meaningful to large and diverse audiences in the 21st century. The ensemble performs regularly at various major concert halls around the world. Their ambitions are spreaheaded by a proactive education policy and are the driving force behind music education in the region.
De eerste opname van Jan Willem de Vriend met het Residentie Orkest
Dit album bevat de eerste opname van Jan Willem de Vriend na het nieuws van zijn aanstelling als dirigent bij het Residentie Orkest. Het bevat twee ‘lichte’ orkestrale werken van Brahms: Serenade no. 1 en Variaties op een Thema van Haydn. Beiden horen tot de meest klassieke werken van Brahms.

Dit is het eerste deel van een serie van De Vriend die gewijd is aan Brahms. Het volgende deel bevat Ein Deutsches Requiem.

In 1857 werd Brahms een positie aan het prinsdom van Lippe-Detmold aangeboden, dat verborgen lag aan de rand van het Teutoburgerwoud. De muziek van Haydn en Mozart waren van groot belang voor zijn muziek. Hij hoorde hun serenades en divertimenti vaak op hofconcerten. Brahms componeerde zelf ook een serenade voor negen instrumenten voor deze concerten. Zijn vrienden en collega’s moedigden hem aan om het werk voor klein orkest, en later ook voor een volledig orkest te bewerken. Deze laatste bewerking staat bekend als de Serenade no.1.

Tegenwoordig is er een scheiding tussen kunst en de academie, tussen componisten en musicologen. Deze scheiding was er echter niet altijd geweest. Brahms werd zelf omringd door een groep van academici, die ook zijn vrienden waren. Ze gaven hem soms interessant en handig advies. Een van deze adviezen kwam van Pohl, de biograaf van Haydn, die Brahms het thema aanraadde dat hij later verwerkte in zijn Variaties op een Thema van Haydn. Dit werk is het testament van Brahms’ meesterlijke contrapunt.
Bei seinen letzten Projekten bei Challenge Classics hat sich Jan Willen de Vriend überwiegend mit Schwergewichten der Orchesterliteratur des späten 18. und des 19. Jahrhunderts auseinandergestetzt: Beethovens sämtliche Symphonien, seine Klavierkonzerte mit dem jungen Hannes Minnaar am Piano, Mendelssohns Symphonien.
In seiner ersten Aufnahme seit seiner Berufung zum Chefdirigenten des The Hague Philharmonic / Residentie Orkest steht nun ein weiterers Schwergewicht der deutschen Symphonik auf seinem Zettel, und doch schaltet er einen Gang zurück. Den Zugang zu Brahms wählt de Vriend über zwei "leichte" seiner Orchesterkompositionen, seine Serenade No.1 und die Variationen über ein Thema von Haydn. Wenn man so will, kann man das als eine 'Fingerübung' verstehen. Die Aufnahme soll die erste in einer Brahms gewidmeten Reihe von CDs sein und schon auf der nächsten wird die Leichtigkeit spürbar nachlassen, denn geplant ist das Deutsche Requiem.

Die Serenade No.1 verfasste Brahms, inspiriert von Haydns und Mozarts Divertimenti und Hofkonzerten, zunächst als Serenade für neun Instrumente die gemütliche Hofatmosphäre des Füstentums Lippe-Detmold. Von Freunden und Kollegen ermutigt, weitete er dieses Stück später für Orchester aus und nannte es Serenade No.1.
Das Thema zu den Variationen über ein Thema von Haydn wurde Brahms vom Haydn-Biographen Pohl emfohlen. Das Stück ist Zeugnis von Brahms Meisterschaft im Kontrapunkt, der Technik über die er mit dem Bach-Gelehrten Philipp Spitta während der gemeinsamen Spaziergänge und in Briefwechseln austauschte.

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Residentie Orkest The Hague

Residentie Orkest The Hague proves that even in the 21st century, symphonic music can still be meaningful to large and diverse audiences. Its reputation as one of the finest orchestras in Europe makes it an appropriate figurehead for The Hague as a cosmopolitan city of justice, peace, and culture. The orchestra performs concert series in the Zuiderstrandtheater in Scheveningen and in addition performs at venues such as Concertgebouw Amsterdam, TivoliVredenburg Utrecht and De Doelen in Rotterdam. Special crossover and innovative productions are also provided at The Hague’s prominent pop venue Paard van Troje throughout the season. The Residentie Orkest performs regularly at various other major concert halls abroad. Tours have brought the orchestra to New York, Boston, Chicago, London and...
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Residentie Orkest The Hague proves that even in the 21st century, symphonic music can still be meaningful to large and diverse audiences. Its reputation as one of the finest orchestras in Europe makes it an appropriate figurehead for The Hague as a cosmopolitan city of justice, peace, and culture. The orchestra performs concert series in the Zuiderstrandtheater in Scheveningen and in addition performs at venues such as Concertgebouw Amsterdam, TivoliVredenburg Utrecht and De Doelen in Rotterdam. Special crossover and innovative productions are also provided at The Hague’s prominent pop venue Paard van Troje throughout the season. The Residentie Orkest performs regularly at various other major concert halls abroad. Tours have brought the orchestra to New York, Boston, Chicago, London and Vienna amongst others and the orchestra also performed in countries like Japan, China, Germany, France and South America. There are also many prolific collaborations with a wide range of partners, including the Dutch National Theatre, Gemeentemuseum and the Dutch National Opera. Recent seasons have seen a much acclaimed production of Messiaen’s rarely performed opera Saint François d’Asisse and Poulenc’s Dialogues des Carmélites.

A rich history Since its first concert in 1904, the Residentie Orkest has developed into one of the prominent symphony orchestras of The Netherlands. Founded by Dr Henri Viotta, who was also its first principal conductor, it quickly attracted composers like Richard Strauss, Igor Stravinsky, Max Reger, Maurice Ravel, Paul Hindemith and Vincent d’Indy. Guest conductors included Arturo Toscanini, Bruno Walter, Leonard Bernstein and Hans Knappertsbusch.

After World War II, Willem van Otterloo was appointed chief conductor. He led the orchestra from 1949 to 1973 and built a strong reputation by combining high-quality performances with adventurous programming. Van Otterloo was succeeded by Jean Martinon, Ferdinand Leitner, Hans Vonk, Evgenii Svetlanov, Jaap van Zweden and Neeme Järvi.

Chief conductor Starting season 2018/2019 Nicholas Collon is chief conductor and artistic advisor of the Residentie Orkest. Richard Egarr will join the orchestra as principal guest conductor in 2019. Until the summer of 2019 Jan Willem de Vriend will act as principal conductor.


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Jan Willem de Vriend (conductor)

Jan Willem de Vriend is the artistic director of Combattimento Consort Amsterdam and since 2006 the chief conductor and artistic director of the Netherlands Symphony Orchestra. Combattimento Consort Amsterdam devotes itself to the music of about 1600 to 1830. Since its founding in 1982, it has performed virtually throughout the world as well as on many CDs, DVDs and television productions. Since De Vriend was named chief conductor in 2006, the Netherlands Symphony Orchestra has become a notable phenomenon on the Netherlands’ musical scene. It has presented semi-scenic performances of works by Mozart, Beethoven, Strauss and Mendelssohn. There were premieres of works by Offenbach, Say and Mahler. And by substituting historical instruments in the brass section, it has developed its own distinctive...
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Jan Willem de Vriend is the artistic director of Combattimento Consort Amsterdam and since 2006 the chief conductor and artistic director of the Netherlands Symphony Orchestra.
Combattimento Consort Amsterdam devotes itself to the music of about 1600 to 1830. Since its founding in 1982, it has performed virtually throughout the world as well as on many CDs, DVDs and television productions.
Since De Vriend was named chief conductor in 2006, the Netherlands Symphony Orchestra has become a notable phenomenon on the Netherlands’ musical scene. It has presented semi-scenic performances of works by Mozart, Beethoven, Strauss and Mendelssohn. There were premieres of works by Offenbach, Say and Mahler. And by substituting historical instruments in the brass section, it has developed its own distinctive sound in the 18th- and 19th-century repertoire. Recently, the orchestra performed music by Schumann at festivals in Spain. The release of Beethoven’s complete symphonies, conducted by De Vriend, is a big project which starts with the release of this current CD. Also the orchestra's long Mahler tradition is being continued in recordings and tours.
De Vriend has been a guest conductor with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, the Netherlands Radio Chamber Philharmonic, the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, The Hague Philharmonic and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, as well as orchestras in Germany, Sweden and Australia. He is often invited to conduct both in the Netherlands and abroad. He has engagements pending, for example, with The Hague Philharmonic, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra as well as orchestras in China, Germany, Austria and Italy.

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Johannes Brahms

Johannes Brahms was a German composer and pianist. Born in Hamburg into a Lutheran family, Brahms spent much of his professional life in Vienna, Austria. His reputation and status as a composer is such that he is sometimes grouped with Johann Sebastian Bach and Ludwig van Beethoven as one of the 'Three Bs' of music, a comment originally made by the nineteenth-century conductor Hans von Bülow.   Brahms composed for symphony orchestra, chamber ensembles, piano, organ, and voice and chorus. A virtuoso pianist, he premiered many of his own works. He worked with some of the leading performers of his time, including the pianist Clara Schumann and the violinist Joseph Joachim (the three were close friends). Many of his works have become...
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Johannes Brahms was a German composer and pianist. Born in Hamburg into a Lutheran family, Brahms spent much of his professional life in Vienna, Austria. His reputation and status as a composer is such that he is sometimes grouped with Johann Sebastian Bach and Ludwig van Beethoven as one of the "Three Bs" of music, a comment originally made by the nineteenth-century conductor Hans von Bülow.
Brahms composed for symphony orchestra, chamber ensembles, piano, organ, and voice and chorus. A virtuoso pianist, he premiered many of his own works. He worked with some of the leading performers of his time, including the pianist Clara Schumann and the violinist Joseph Joachim (the three were close friends). Many of his works have become staples of the modern concert repertoire. Brahms, an uncompromising perfectionist, destroyed some of his works and left others unpublished.
Brahms has been considered, by his contemporaries and by later writers, as both a traditionalist and an innovator. His music is firmly rooted in the structures and compositional techniques of the Classical masters. While many contemporaries found his music too academic, his contribution and craftsmanship have been admired by subsequent figures as diverse as Arnold Schoenberg and Edward Elgar. The diligent, highly constructed nature of Brahms's works was a starting point and an inspiration for a generation of composers. Within his meticulous structures is embedded, however, a highly romantic nature.

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Consigliati Da Classic Voice - 01/01/2017
Consigliati Da Classic Voice, 01-1-2017

The richness and breadth of the multichannel sound is beyond question.  
Stereophile, 05-12-2016

"The recorded sound is vivid but slightly tubby."
Gramophone, 01-9-2016

" [...] Both the performance and the recording quality are great, which makes that the countermelodies and the rhythmic variations can be heard beautifully [...] "
Luister, 08-7-2016

" [...] And how good sounds the grunting horns at the beginning of variation six. "
De Volkskrant, 29-6-2016

"[...] Almost cheecky playfull [...]"
De Gelderlander, 01-6-2016

" [...] An album that makes you curious to the next one, but also stimulated to follow De Vriend at Den Haag with the best of interest. [...] "
Opus Klassiek, 25-5-2016

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Missa Ave maris stella
Cappella Pratensis / Stratton Bull

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