Jan Willem de Vriend

Ein deutsches Requiem, Op. 45

Price: € 19.95
Format: SACD
Label: Challenge Classics
UPC: 0608917273823
Catnr: CC 72738
Release date: 07 October 2016
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Challenge Classics
Catalogue number
CC 72738
Release date
07 October 2016

"The chorus sings very well, the orchestra (also known as the Residentie Orkest) is very good, and the soloists are excellent."

Fanfare Magazine, 01-9-2017

About the album

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. At the new Zuiderstrandtheater in Scheveningen, the orchestra's home venue, prior to concerts audiences are treated to a lively RO-starter pre-program of live music and interviews. Everything on this recording fits like a glove - musicians, conductor and sound technique are at the highest of their abilities. Soprano Renate Arends and baritone Thomas Oliemans are internationally acclaimed soloists with both beautiful and strong careers in opera, oratorium and song.
Brahms schreef zijn meesterwerk Ein deutsches Requiem na de dood van zijn moeder
In deze live opname van Ein deutsches Requiem van Johannes Brahms, leidt dirigent Jan Willem de Vriend het Residentie Orkest naar een topprestatie. Alles past als een handschoen: musici, dirigent en geluidstechnici, allen gefocust en gedreven, presteren op het toppunt van hun kunnen. Nog nooit klonk dit meesterwerk voor orkest en koor, met sopraan- en baritonsolist, zo schitterend precies. Met zijn verhalende en dynamische stijl, geeft de dirigent dit requiem extra diepte en levendigheid. Ook de internationaal hoog aangeschreven solisten, sopraan Renate Arends en bariton Thomas Oliemans, doen hun reputatie eer aan. Hier wordt later vast naar verwezen, als zijnde de beste uitvoering van Ein deutsches Requiem ooit.

Ein deutsches Requiem, is het langste - want onderverdeeld in 7 delen - werk van Johannes Brahms. Zijn meesterwerk, over lijden en troost, schreef hij tussen 1865 en 1868. Na de dood van zijn moeder, een gebeurtenis die hem erg aangreep. Voor het grootschalige oratorium maakte hij gebruik van teksten uit de Bijbel, in de vertaling van Maarten Luther. Heel iets anders dus, dan de gebruikelijke Latijnse dodenmis. Het is boven alles een werk dat troost biedt, geen muziek voor de doden, maar voor de levenden!

Jan Willem de Vriend (Leiden, 1962) studeerde viool aan de conservatoria van Den Haag en Amsterdam. Hij trad als gastdirigent op bij tal van orkesten in binnen- en buitenland en wordt wereldwijd door critici geprezen voor zijn uitvoeringen en opnames. De Vriend en het Residentieorkest laten eens te meer zien dat symfonische muziek nog steeds betekenisvol kan zijn voor een groot en divers publiek.
Von 1865 bis 1868 komponierte Johannes Brahms sein Meisterwerk Ein Deutsches Requiem, ein groß angelegtes Werk für Orchester und Chor mit Sopran- und Baritonsolisten. Gegliedert in sieben Sätze ist es Brahms' längstes Werk. Mit dem Tod seiner Mutter im Hinterkopf schlug Brahms mit seiner Idee eines Requiem gänzlich andere Wege ein als seine Vorgänger. Allem voran ist es ein Werk des Trostes; es ist kein Werk für die Toten, sondern Musik für die Lebenden!
Jan Willem führt das Philharmonische Orchester Den Haag zu einer überragenden Leistung. Das Ergebnis dieser Zusammenarbeit kann gut und gerne eine Referenzaufnahme für die Zukunft werden, denn es stimmt einfach alles und der narrative und energiegeladene Stil von De Vriends Dirigat verleiht dem Requiem Tiefe und Lebendigkeit.


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. At the new Zuiderstrandtheater in Scheveningen, the orchestra’s home venue, prior to concerts audiences are treated to a lively RO-Starter pre-programme of live music and interviews. Special productions are also provided at The Hague’s Paard van Troje throughout the season, making the orchestra appealing to both students and young professionals as well. In addition, The Hague Philharmonic performs regularly at various other major concert halls at home and abroad.

Over the next few years, The Hague Philharmonic will be working with two principal conductors: Jan Willem de Vriend and the young Englishman Nicholas Collon (from summer 2016). Richard Egarr has been appointed principal guest conductor of the orchestra.

The Hague Philharmonic is renowned throughout The Hague and Leiden region. The orchestra takes part in many important high-profile events, including the annual Speech from the Throne, Festival Classique and, starting in 2017, the performance of Bach’s St Matthew Passion at St Peter’s Church in Leiden. During Christmas, New Year and Prince’s Day, the orchestra celebrates with people across the region by performing various special concerts. There are also many prolific collaborations with a wide range of local partners, including the Dutch National Theatre, Paard van Troje, Gemeentemuseum and The Hague African Festival, as well as with the Dutch National Opera and the NTR Saturday Matinee.

The Hague Philharmonic’s ambitions are spearheaded by a proactive education policy. Its educational projects involve over 31,000 contact moments with school children annually, which makes The Hague Philharmonic the driving force behind music education in the region. Numerous special activities have been developed for both primary and secondary schools, from school concerts and rehearsal visits to a refresher course for teachers and an intensive three-year music education programme for the city’s primary schools. The orchestra also regularly organises masterclasses and weekends for amateur musicians.

The Residents project is designed to provide primary school pupils in The Hague’s Schilderswijk, Transvaal, Escamp and Mariahoeve neighbourhoods with an opportunity to learn to play a musical instrument. Initiated by The Hague Philharmonic in 2011, the aim of the programme is to help build social cohesion within the city. The orchestra is actively involved in talent development as well through an intensive collaboration with the Royal Conservatoire, which includes the Orchestra Master Programme and joint projects with the Composition Department. Furthermore, The Hague Philharmonic is heavily involved with the Dutch National Opera Academy and the National Master Programme in Orchestral Conducting.

In the early years, The Hague Philharmonic was conducted by Henri Viotta, who founded the orchestra in 1904. The orchestra soon 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. After Van Otterloo, the chief conductor mantle passed to Jean Martinon, followed by Ferdinand Leitner, Hans Vonk, Evgenii Svetlanov, Jaap van Zweden and Neeme Järvi.



The chorus sings very well, the orchestra (also known as the Residentie Orkest) is very good, and the soloists are excellent.
Fanfare Magazine, 01-9-2017

This lean but robust Requiem packs a punch.
BBC Music Magazine, 01-3-2017

Ein deutsches Requiem is no diet coke!
Luister, 03-2-2017

This Dutch production of Brahms’s Ein Deutsches Requiem deserves praise for its rhythmic pulsation and its clarity. It is a felicitous interpretation. 
Pizzicato, 14-1-2017

Diapason - 11/01/2017
Diapason, 11-1-2017

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

Challenge Classics Highlights
Gramophone, 01-12-2016

A realis!c sound stage and surround depth, with no disturbing noises from the audience or unwanted echoes from the walls. But with Bert van der Wolf (NorthStar Recording Services BV) in charge, that does not surprise. 
HR Audio, 16-11-2016

"A release to be proud of!"
De Gelderlander, 05-11-2016

"Conductor Jan Willem de Vriend seldom led a contrast rich performance with the 'Residentie Orkest', where he is conductor since 1st August 1st 2015."
Opera Nederland, 01-11-2016

"For conductor Jan Willem de Vriend has this choir sound obvious been definded for his vision in the Requiem."
Opus Klassiek, 01-11-2016

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