Residentie Orkest The Hague / Jan Willem de Vriend

The Complete Symphonies Vol. 1 Symphony No. 2 D. 125 / Symphony No. 4 D. 417

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Format: SACD
Label: Challenge Classics
UPC: 0608917273922
Catnr: CC 72739
Release date: 07 September 2018
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07 September 2018

"Well recorded and performed with a good deal of panache and certainly no fussiness this is fine pair of Schubert symphonies."

Music Web, 07-10-2019
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Schubert composed his first five symphonies while still a teenager, but they represent just one facet of his prodigious fluency. At this time some of his musical ideas bear a family resemblance to certain themes from Mozart, Haydn and Beethoven, but already his own musical character is evident. He began his Second Symphony in December 1814 and had finished it by 24th March the following year.

He completed the Fourth Symphony in about three to four weeks during April 1816. We should not read too much into the Fourth Symphony’s “Tragic” appendage, added by Schubert as an afterthought. It may be merely an example of the flippant comments which he wrote on some of his youthful scores, but nevertheless the symphony has more gravitas than its predecessors. Schubert also includes a second pair of horns to enrich the texture. Actually, this is the only piece of non-programmatic music to which he gave a descriptive title.
Dirigent en violist Jan Willem de Vriend is, samen met zijn Residentieorkest, gestart met het opnemen van een reeks met alle complete symfonieën van de Oostenrijkse componist Franz Schubert. De meest populaire symfonieën van de componist zijn overduidelijk 'Die Unvollendete' (los van de discussie of die tot een symfonie gerekend mag worden), de Vijfde en de Negende. Vreemd genoeg worden Schuberts andere symfonieën nauwelijks gespeeld, dat is jammer want het is altijd waardevol om de ontwikkeling van een componist te kunnen volgen. Juist daarom is het zo fijn dat De Vriend zijn serie begint met Schuberts Tweede en Vierde Symfonie, twee prachtige werken, karaktervol, met rijke melodielijnen, harmonisch onvoorspelbaar en met ritmische vitaliteit. En mooi uitgevoerd!

Al jong begonnen

Schubert schreef zijn eerste vijf symfonieën in zijn tienerjaren. In deze werken komt al duidelijk zijn vermogen tot componeren naar voren. Zijn muzikale ideeën tonen invloeden van Mozart, Haydn en Beethoven, maar zijn eigen stijl schijnt er ook al in door. Schubert begon zijn Tweede Symfonie in december 1814 en maakte hem af op 24 maart 1815, zijn Vierde Symfonie schreef hij in april 1816, in ongeveer drie tot vier weken. We moeten niet te veel zoeken achter de opmerking 'Tragic' die Schubert later toevoegde aan zijn Vierde. Het kan goed zijn dat het een van zijn spottende opmerkingen is die hij tijdens zijn jeugd op zijn partituren schreef. Deze Vierde Symfonie heeft overigens wel meer gewicht dan zijn voorgangers. De componist voegde een tweede paar hoorns toe om de textuur te verrijken. Leuk feitje: dit is zijn enige non-programmatische werk waaraan hij een beschrijvende titel gaf.

De Vriend

Dirigent Jan Willem de Vriend wordt geroemd om zijn grote muzikale veelzijdigheid, zijn creatieve bijdragen aan de klassieke muziek en zijn vermogen om klassieke muziek actueel te laten klinken. Naast een bijzonder musicus is hij een enthousiast promotor van de klassieke muziek. Vanaf het seizoen 2015/2016 is Jan Willem de Vriend de eerste vaste dirigent van het Residentie Orkest Den Haag en eerste gastdirigent van het Orquestra Simfonica De Barcelona | Nacional De Catalunya. Van 2017-2020 is Jan Willem de Vriend benoemd tot 'Premier chef invité' van het Orchestra National de Lille. De Vriend treedt in binnen- en buitenland op als gastdirigent. Hij heeft naast vele toonaangevende Nederlandse orkesten, waaronder het Koninklijk Concertgebouworkest en het Radio Filharmonisch Orkest, ook orkesten in China, Duitsland, Oostenrijk, Italië en Frankrijk geleid.
Schubert komponierte seine ersten fünf Symphonien, als er noch ein Teenager war, doch sie spiegeln nur eine Facette seiner außerordentlichen Fähigkeiten. Zu dieser Zeit ähneln einige seiner musikalischen Ideen bestimmten Themen Mozarts, Haydns oder Beethovens, doch Schuberts eigene Tonsprache ist bereits erkennbar. Er begann die Arbeit an seiner Zweiten Symphonie im Dezember 1814 und hatte sie am 24. März des Folgejahres beendet.

Seine Vierte Symphonie schrieb er binnen drei oder vier Wochen im April 1816. In den „tragischen“ Beinamen sollte man jedoch nicht zu viel hineinlesen, wurde er doch von Schubert nachträglich hinzugefügt. Er mag lediglich ein Beispiel für die schnoddrigen Kommentare sein, die er zu manchen seiner Jugendwerke schrieb; nichtsdestotrotz besitzt diese Symphonie mehr Schwere als ihre Vorgängerinnen. Schubert fügte ihr auch ein zweites Paar Hörner hinzu, um die Textur noch reicher zu gestalten. Diese Symphonie ist das einzige nicht-programmatische Werk, dem er einen deskriptiven Titel gab.

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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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Franz Schubert

Franz Peter Schubert was an Austrian composer. Schubert already died before his 32nd birthday, but was extremely prolific during his lifetime. His output consists of over six hundred secular vocal works (mainly Lieder), seven complete symphonies, sacred music, operas, incidental music and a large body of chamber and piano music. Appreciation of his music while he was alive was limited to a relatively small circle of admirers in Vienna, but interest in his work increased significantly in the decades following his death. Felix Mendelssohn, Robert Schumann, Franz Liszt, Johannes Brahms and other 19th-century composers discovered and championed his works. Today, Schubert is ranked among the greatest composers of the late Classical and early Romantic eras and is one of the...
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Franz Peter Schubert was an Austrian composer. Schubert already died before his 32nd birthday, but was extremely prolific during his lifetime. His output consists of over six hundred secular vocal works (mainly Lieder), seven complete symphonies, sacred music, operas, incidental music and a large body of chamber and piano music. Appreciation of his music while he was alive was limited to a relatively small circle of admirers in Vienna, but interest in his work increased significantly in the decades following his death. Felix Mendelssohn, Robert Schumann, Franz Liszt, Johannes Brahms and other 19th-century composers discovered and championed his works. Today, Schubert is ranked among the greatest composers of the late Classical and early Romantic eras and is one of the most frequently performed composers of the early nineteenth century.
It was in the genre of the Lied that Schubert made his most indelible mark. Prior to Schubert's influence, Lieder tended toward a strophic, syllabic treatment of text, evoking the folksong qualities engendered by the stirrings of Romantic nationalism. Schubert expanded the potentialities of the genre like no other composer before.

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Press

Well recorded and performed with a good deal of panache and certainly no fussiness this is fine pair of Schubert symphonies.
Music Web, 07-10-2019

A firm reading in the whole, and refined in the search for nuances. This is especially true for The Tragic: in the alternance between major and minor pitch, in the choice to use a wider orchestra
Amadeus Magazine, 31-1-2019

The gnashing character of the harmonies is uncompromisingly emphasized by the Dutch orchestra…
Fono Forum, 11-1-2019

De Vriend's incredibly fresh and pulsating interpretation resolutely corrects the old resentments…
Crescendo, 01-12-2018

With fluid, agile and vivid performances, Willem de Vriend and The Hague’s Residentie Orkest take a promising start into a new compete cycle of the Schubert symphonies.
Pizzicato, 21-9-2018

New Classical: Symphonies by Schubert by the Residentie Orkest.
AVROTROS, 06-9-2018

I think that we have here a most promising start, doing not only justice to a composer that merits all our attention, but also satisfying all Schubert followers by putting together the various strands of vision in comprehensive settings. I’ll be looking forward to de Vriend’s account of the ‘Unfinished’ - “the sad music that makes one happy” - and ‘The Great’. But in the meantime it is a pleasure to congratulate all those participating in this first release for already lifting two of the 5 youth symphonies a cut above the rest.
HR Audio, 30-8-2018

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