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Dedications - Works for Clarinet & Orchestra
Gerald Finzi, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Max Bruch

Roeland Hendrikx & The London Philharmonic Orchestra

Dedications - Works for Clarinet & Orchestra

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Format: CD
Label: Evil Penguin
UPC: 0608917721225
Catnr: EPRC 0026
Release date: 05 October 2018
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Evil Penguin
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0608917721225
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EPRC 0026
Release date
05 October 2018

"Rarely is the euphony celebrated in a more majestic way."

Klassik-Heute.com, 29-1-2019
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About the album

More than any other instrument, the clarinet is a medium for personal dedication to specific virtuosi. Mozart created his clarinet concerto for Anton Stadler, while Max Bruch dedicated his (double) concerto to his son Max Felix. Belgian virtuoso Roeland Hendrikx also plays Gerald Finzi’s clarinet concerto, to which he has front row access via his teacher Thea King, doyenne of British clarinettists and spouse of Frederick Thurston, who premiered the Finzi concerto in 1949. Teaming up with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Hendrikx pays homage to a genre – the clarinet(tist) concerto –, its gems, and its genius performers.

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Het prachtige lyrische en vocale karakter van de klarinet op zijn best. Dat is wat de Belgische klarinetvirtuoos Roeland Hendrikx ons brengt, samen met het London Philharmonic Orchestra onder leiding van Martyn Brabbins. Het is een waar eerbetoon aan het klarinetconcert. Van het beroemdste klarinetconcert van Mozart, via het onterecht verguisde dubbelconcert van Bruch, naar het onverdiend vergeten klarinetconcert van Finzi, horen we de pareltjes onder de klarinetconcerten met zijn geniale uitvoerenden.

Voor Roeland Hendrikx kwam een droom uit. Altijd al had hij een voorliefde voor Britse orkesten met hun specifieke warme klanken. Dat juist hij het wereldberoemde London Philharmonic Orchestra wist te verleiden om samen met hem deze drie beroemde klarinetconcerten op te nemen is natuurlijk fantastisch. Hendrikx met zijn fascinerend spel verdient het.

Meer dan een instrument alleen

De klarinet is meer dan welk ander instrument ook een medium dat ingezet kan worden voor een persoonlijke toewijding aan specifieke virtuozen. Zo componeerde Mozart zijn Klarinetconcert voor Anton Stadler, terwijl Max Bruch zijn (dubbel)concert opdroeg aan zijn zoon Max Felix. Roeland Hendrikx speelt ook het Klarinetconcert van de Engelse componist Gerald Finzi. Het was makkelijk voor hem om toegang te krijgen tot dit werk omdat Finzi het componeerde voor de nestor van de Britse klarinettisten Frederick Thurston, de echtgenoot van Hendrikx's docente Thea King. Thurston gaf in 1949 de première van het concert van Finzi.

Mehr als jedes andere Instrument ist die Klarinette ein Medium der persönlichen Hingabe an bestimmte Virtuosen. Mozart schuf sein Klarinettenkonzert für Anton Stadler, während Max Bruch sein (Doppel-)Konzert seinem Sohn Max Felix widmete. Der belgische Virtuose Roeland Hendrikx spielt u. a. das Klarinettenkonzert von Gerald Finzi, zu dem er über seine Lehrerin Thea King, Doyenne der britischen Klarinettisten, Zugang hat. Sie ist die Ehefrau von Frederick Thurston, der das Finzi-Konzert 1949 uraufführte. In Zusammenarbeit mit dem London Philharmonic Orchestra huldigt Hendrikx einem Genre - dem Klarinettenkonzert -, seinen Perlen und seinen genialen Interpreten.

Artist(s)

Roeland Hendrikx (clarinet)

Hendrikx is in high demand as a concert soloist, and he has appeared with a great selection of acclaimed orchestras. Especially noteworthy was his recent Mozart tour across Flanders and The Netherlands with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, under the baton of Edward Gardner.  Roeland Hendrikx’ presence on concert stages around the world should not obscure his deep love of chamber music. Hendrikx has cooperated with acclaimed colleagues like Severin Von Eckardstein, Liebrecht Vanbeckevoort, Jan Michiels, the Panocha Quartet, Tempera Quartet, Doric Quartet, Danel Quartet, Silesian String Quartet and the Berliner Philharmoniker Streichquintett. In 2015, Roeland founded the Roeland Hendrikx Ensemble, which focuses on the rich repertoire for clarinet, piano and strings. Hendrikx’s latest release “The clarinet as prima donna” features clarinet concertos...
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Hendrikx is in high demand as a concert soloist, and he has appeared with a great selection of acclaimed orchestras. Especially noteworthy was his recent Mozart tour across Flanders and The Netherlands with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, under the baton of Edward Gardner.

Roeland Hendrikx’ presence on concert stages around the world should not obscure his deep love of chamber music. Hendrikx has cooperated with acclaimed colleagues like Severin Von Eckardstein, Liebrecht Vanbeckevoort, Jan Michiels, the Panocha Quartet, Tempera Quartet, Doric Quartet, Danel Quartet, Silesian String Quartet and the Berliner Philharmoniker Streichquintett. In 2015, Roeland founded the Roeland Hendrikx Ensemble, which focuses on the rich repertoire for clarinet, piano and strings.

Hendrikx’s latest release “The clarinet as prima donna” features clarinet concertos and opera arias by Carl Maria von Weber with the Rheinische Philharmonie and award-winning arranger Andreas Tarkmann, who fashioned a new cadenza for the first concerto, and recomposed Leise, leise, the central aria from Der Freischütz, for clarinet and orchestra.

Roeland Hendrikx’s other recording activities bear testimony to an unusual versatility. In 2018, he enlisted the venerable London Philharmonic Orchestra to enregister the Mozart, Finzi and Bruch concertos, an accomplishment that “had it all”, according to Diapason: “accuracy, lyricism, elegance”. Following this large-scale extravaganza, Hendrikx scaled down to smaller line-ups. In 2020 he tackled Steve Reich’s New York Counterpoint in an immersive recording adventure (called The Harmony of Isolation), followed by a crossover project which fused Saint-Saëns Carnaval des Animaux and Apollinaire’s literary Bestiaire in a chamber-musical Animal Farm, hailed by France Musique as a “magnificent rearrangement (…) of compositions at once musical, pictorial, and poetic”.

Roeland has many acclaimed chamber music recordings to his credit, including the Mozart and Brahms Clarinet Quintets (“chamber music at its best” – De Standaard), the Debussy and Poulenc Sonatas (“a delight” –Gramophone), and the Clarinet Quintet by Piet Swerts (“infinitely seductive” – Resmusica).


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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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Composer(s)

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, whose actual name is Joannes Chrysotomus Wolfgangus Theophilus Mozart, was a composer, pianist, violinist and conductor from the classical period, born in Salzburg. Mozart was a child prodigy. Already competent on keyboard and violin, he composed from the age of five and performed before European royalty. Along with Johann Sebastian Bach and Ludwig van Beethoven, Mozart is considered to be one of the most influential composers of all of music's history. Within the classical tradition, he was able to develop new musical concepts which left an everlasting impression on all the composers that came after him. Together with Joseph Haydn and Ludwig van Beethoven he is part of the First Viennese School.  At 17, Mozart was engaged as...
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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, whose actual name is Joannes Chrysotomus Wolfgangus Theophilus Mozart, was a composer, pianist, violinist and conductor from the classical period, born in Salzburg. Mozart was a child prodigy. Already competent on keyboard and violin, he composed from the age of five and performed before European royalty. Along with Johann Sebastian Bach and Ludwig van Beethoven, Mozart is considered to be one of the most influential composers of all of music's history. Within the classical tradition, he was able to develop new musical concepts which left an everlasting impression on all the composers that came after him. Together with Joseph Haydn and Ludwig van Beethoven he is part of the First Viennese School. At 17, Mozart was engaged as a musician at the Salzburg court, but grew restless and traveled in search of a better position. From 1763 he traveled with his family through all of Europe for three years and from 1769 he traveled to Italy and France with his father Leopold after which he took residence in Paris. On July 3rd, 1778, his mother passed away and after a short stay in Munich with the Weber family, his father urged him to return to Salzburg, where he was once again hired by the Bishop. While visiting Vienna in 1781, he was dismissed from his Salzburg position. He chose to stay in the capital, where he achieved fame but little financial security. During his final years in Vienna, he composed many of his best-known symphonies, concertos, and operas, and portions of the Requiem, which was largely unfinished at the time of his death.


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Max Bruch

Max Bruch was a German composer from the Romantic period. Max Bruch received his first music education from his mother. Later he studied under Ferdinand Hiller and Carl Reinecke. In 1858, he brought his first operetta Scherz, List und Rache, based on a text by Goethe, to the stage in Cologne. He stayed in Munich for two years and later he worked as a conductor in Koblenz from 1865 to 1867. During this time, he composed his famous Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in g, op. 26. It is an incredibly romantic piece and a favourite of many violinists.  Bruch died in Berlin at the age of 82. 
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Max Bruch was a German composer from the Romantic period. Max Bruch received his first music education from his mother. Later he studied under Ferdinand Hiller and Carl Reinecke.
In 1858, he brought his first operetta Scherz, List und Rache, based on a text by Goethe, to the stage in Cologne. He stayed in Munich for two years and later he worked as a conductor in Koblenz from 1865 to 1867. During this time, he composed his famous Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in g, op. 26. It is an incredibly romantic piece and a favourite of many violinists. Bruch died in Berlin at the age of 82.


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Gerald Finzi

Finzi took private lessons with Farrar from 1914-1916 and then with Bairstow from 1917-1922. He mainly underwent influences by Elgar and Vaughan Williams, loved the life in the country and developed his own, intimate style. He concentrated on songs and song cycles such as  Oh fair to see, Till earth outwears, and A young man’s exhortation, preferably on texts by Hardy. Amongst his other works are a clarinet concerto from 1949 and Dies natalis for high voice and string orchestra (1939). (Source: Musicalifeiten.nl)
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Finzi took private lessons with Farrar from 1914-1916 and then with Bairstow from 1917-1922. He mainly underwent influences by Elgar and Vaughan Williams, loved the life in the country and developed his own, intimate style. He concentrated on songs and song cycles such as Oh fair to see, Till earth outwears, and A young man’s exhortation, preferably on texts by Hardy. Amongst his other works are a clarinet concerto from 1949 and Dies natalis for high voice and string orchestra (1939).
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Press

Rarely is the euphony celebrated in a more majestic way.
Klassik-Heute.com, 29-1-2019

Of course this CD is primarily about the promotion of Hendrikx clarinet playing, and that worked out very well.
Opus Klassiek, 01-1-2019

"From childhood I fell in love with that warm, velvety woodwind sound of London orchestras and dreamed that I would ever perform with them." The long-cherished wish of clarinet player Roeland Hendrikx became reality this year when he was the first Belgian solo artist to record a CD with the world famous London Philharmonic Orchestra.
Luister, 09-11-2018

Highlight is the second part, an adagio with beautiful moments of silence in the interaction between clarinet and string orchestra.
Mania, 08-11-2018

Roeland Hendrikx signs for a interpretation that is authentic to the smallest fibers.
De Gelderlander, 13-10-2018

That Hendrickx was able to tie London's most adventurous orchestra to this recording is in itself a tour de force. That it also sounds rainy, a bigger one. His Mozart is a barrel full of listening pleasure. Each sentence gets its own story on Hendrikx's clarinet, down to the smallest sides.
De Standaard, 10-10-2018

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01.
Concerto for Clarinet and String Orchestra, Op. 31: I. Allegro vigoroso
07:47
(Gerald Finzi) Roeland Hendrikx, Pieter Schoeman, The London Philharmonic Orchestra
02.
Concerto for Clarinet and String Orchestra, Op. 31: II. Adagio, ma senza rigore
11:16
(Gerald Finzi) Roeland Hendrikx, Pieter Schoeman, The London Philharmonic Orchestra
03.
Concerto for Clarinet and String Orchestra, Op. 31: III. Rondo. Allegro giocoso
08:46
(Gerald Finzi) Roeland Hendrikx, Pieter Schoeman, The London Philharmonic Orchestra
04.
Concerto in A major for Clarinet and Orchestra, KV 622: I. Allegro
12:54
(Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart) Roeland Hendrikx, Pieter Schoeman, The London Philharmonic Orchestra
05.
Concerto in A major for Clarinet and Orchestra, KV 622: II. Adagio
07:04
(Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart) Roeland Hendrikx, Pieter Schoeman, The London Philharmonic Orchestra
06.
Concerto in A major for Clarinet and Orchestra, KV 622: III. Rondo. Allegro
08:51
(Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart) Roeland Hendrikx, Pieter Schoeman, The London Philharmonic Orchestra
07.
Double Concerto for Clarinet and Viola with Orchestra, Op. 88: I. Andante con moto
07:12
(Max Bruch) Roeland Hendrikx, Sander Geerts, Pieter Schoeman, The London Philharmonic Orchestra
08.
Double Concerto for Clarinet and Viola with Orchestra, Op. 88: II. Allegro moderato
06:09
(Max Bruch) Roeland Hendrikx, Sander Geerts, Pieter Schoeman, The London Philharmonic Orchestra
09.
Double Concerto for Clarinet and Viola with Orchestra, Op. 88: III. Allegro molto
05:41
(Max Bruch) Roeland Hendrikx, Sander Geerts, Pieter Schoeman, The London Philharmonic Orchestra

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