"Rarely is the euphony celebrated in a more majestic way."Klassik-Heute.com, 29-1-2019
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.
Meer dan een instrument alleenDe 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.
Roeland Hendrikx is one of the leading clarinetists in Belgium.
He appeared as a soloist with the Belgian National Orchestra, The Flemish Symphony Orchestra (B), I Fiamminghi (B), the Beethoven Academy (B), the Flemish Radio Orchestra (B), The Limburg Symphonic Orchestra (NL), the Georgia Philharmonic (US), the Symphonic Orchestra of Lithuania and the Philharmonic Orchestra of Hagen (Germany). In April 2018, Roeland Hendrikx recorded works for clarinet and orchestra of Mozart, Finzi and Bruch with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Martyn Brabbins, in the famous Henry Wood Hall in London. The album will be released in October 2018.
Roeland Hendrikx is also passionate about chamber music. As a distinguished chamber musician, he has performed at well known international music festivals and venues. He played with renowned artists and string quartets (amongst others Liebrecht Vanbeckevoort, Severin Von Eckardstein, Ursula Gorniak, France Springuel, Panocha Quartet, Tempera Quartet (Finland), Vega String Quartet (USA) and Danel Quartet. In 2015 Roeland Hendrikx set up his own chamber music ensemble, (Roeland Hendrikx Ensemble), which focuses on the rich repertoire for clarinet, piano and strings.
Roeland is teaching clarinet at the Maastricht Conservatory (The Netherlands) and the LUCA School of Arts in Leuven (Belgium). He has given masterclasses in Europe, China, Japan, and the US.
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.
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.
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.
Rarely is the euphony celebrated in a more majestic way.
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.
Highlight is the second part, an adagio with beautiful moments of silence in the interaction between clarinet and string orchestra.
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