Roeland Hendrikx & The London Philharmonic Orchestra

Dedications - Works for Clarinet & Orchestra

Price: € 19.95
Format: CD
Label: Evil Penguin
UPC: 0608917721225
Catnr: EPRC 0026
Release date: 05 October 2018
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€ 19.95
Evil Penguin
Catalogue number
EPRC 0026
Release date
05 October 2018

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

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.

Dedications trailer

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.


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 CD will be released at the label Evil Penguin Classic 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. For years (1998-2017), he has been clarinet soloist at the Belgian National Orchestra and La Monnaie, the National Opera of Belgium.

​Roeland is Henri Selmer Paris artist.


The London Philharmonic Orchestra is one of the world's finest symphony orchestras, balancing a long and distinguished history with a reputation as one of the UK's most adventurous and forward-looking orchestras.

As well as giving classical concerts and opera performances in the UK and internationally, we also record film and video game soundtracks, have our own record label, and reach thousands of people every year through activities for schools and our local communities.

The Orchestra was founded by Sir Thomas Beecham in 1932, and since then has been headed by many of the great names in the conducting world, including Sir Adrian Boult, Bernard Haitink, Sir Georg Solti, Klaus Tennstedt and Kurt Masur. The Orchestra's current Principal Conductor is Vladimir Jurowski, appointed in 2007. Andrés Orozco-Estrada became our Principal Guest Conductor in 2015.


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