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Religious Tetralogy

Antwerp Symphony Orchestra

Religious Tetralogy

Format: CD
Label: Royal Flemish Philharmonic
UPC: 0608917760521
Catnr: RFP 013
Release date: 01 March 2019
2 CD
 
Label
Royal Flemish Philharmonic
UPC
0608917760521
Catalogue number
RFP 013
Release date
01 March 2019

""Religious tetralogy", four special, religious compositions by Flanders' greatest composer, Peter Benoit, by Antwerp Symphony Orchestra. A real discovery!"

Music Web, 08-3-2019
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About the album

The Antwerp Symphony Orchestra is proud to present its new CD, Religious Tetralogy, featuring four works by the Flemish composer Peter Benoit. This recording of Noël (1858), Messe solennelle (1860), Te Deum (1862), and Requiem (1863), which Benoit thought of as components in a tetraptych of sacred pieces, continues the Antwerp Symphony Orchestra’s Benoit cycle, which it launched in 2013 with a recording of the oratorio De Schelde. As an officially recognised Flemish cultural institution, the Antwerp Symphony Orchestra has a remit to preserve and disseminate Flemish musical heritage, and this cycle forms part of that mission.

Recording for the Religious Tetralogy started in 2015, and continued for four years at various locations in Antwerp. Messe solennelle, Te Deum and Requiem were performed in the Cathedral of Our Lady in Antwerp, during the 2015 and 2016 traditional cathedral concerts. Noël was recorded a year later, in 2017, at the Church of St. Charles Borromeo in Antwerp. Each performance was led by a different conductor: Martyn Brabbins (Messe solennelle and Te Deum), Edo de Waart (Requiem) and Jan Willem de Vriend (Noël).
Das Antwerpener Symphonieorchester präsentiert seine neue CD Religious Tetralogy mit vier Werken des flämischen Komponisten Peter Benoit. Diese Aufnahme von Noël (1858), Messe solennelle (1860), Te Deum (1862) und Requiem (1863), die Benoit als Komponenten eines Mehrteilers heiliger Stücke betrachtete, setzt den Benoit-Zyklus des Antwerpener Symphonieorchesters fort, den es 2013 mit einer Aufnahme des Oratoriums De Schelde einleitete. Als offiziell anerkannte flämische Kulturinstitution hat das Antwerpen Symphony Orchestra die Aufgabe, das flämische Musikerbe zu bewahren und zu verbreiten, und dieser Zyklus ist Teil dieser Mission.
Die Aufnahme für die Religiöse Tetralogie begann 2015 und erstreckte sich über vier Jahre an verschiedenen Orten in Antwerpen. Die Messe solennelle, Te Deum und Requiem wurden in der Frauenkirche in Antwerpen während der traditionellen Domkonzerte 2015 und 2016 aufgeführt. Noël wurde ein Jahr später, 2017, in der Kirche St. Charles Borromeo in Antwerpen aufgenommen. Jede Aufführung wurde von einem anderen Dirigenten geleitet: Martyn Brabbins (Messe solennelle und Te Deum), Edo de Waart (Requiem) und Jan Willem de Vriend (Noël).

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Antwerp Symphony Orchestra

The Antwerp Symphony Orchestra is the symphony orchestra of Flanders and is based in the new Queen Elisabeth Hall in Antwerp. Under the baton of Chief Conductor Elim Chan (from the 2019-2020 season) and Principal Guest Conductor Philippe Herreweghe the orchestra wants to move and inspire a large and diverse audience through top-level concert experiences. Thanks to its own series of concerts in large venues, the Antwerp Symphony Orchestra occupies a unique position in Flanders. The Antwerp Symphony Orchestra has also been a guest of some major foreign concert halls: the Musikverein and Konzerthaus in Vienna, the Festspielhaus in Salzburg, the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, the Suntory Hall and the Bunka Kaikan Hall in Tokyo, the Philharmonie of Cologne and Munich, the Palace...
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The Antwerp Symphony Orchestra is the symphony orchestra of Flanders and is based in the new Queen Elisabeth Hall in Antwerp. Under the baton of Chief Conductor Elim Chan (from the 2019-2020 season) and Principal Guest Conductor Philippe Herreweghe the orchestra wants to move and inspire a large and diverse audience through top-level concert experiences.

Thanks to its own series of concerts in large venues, the Antwerp Symphony Orchestra occupies a unique position in Flanders. The Antwerp Symphony Orchestra has also been a guest of some major foreign concert halls: the Musikverein and Konzerthaus in Vienna, the Festspielhaus in Salzburg, the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, the Suntory Hall and the Bunka Kaikan Hall in Tokyo, the Philharmonie of Cologne and Munich, the Palace of Art in Budapest and the National Grand Theatre of Beijing. International concert tours through Europe and Asia are a constant item on the yearly calendar.

Alongside its regular concerts, the orchestra attaches great value to developing educational and social projects, offering children, youngsters, and people with different social backgrounds the opportunity to get acquainted with the symphony orchestra from close quarters.

The Antwerp Symphony Orchestra collaborates with major classical music labels and several of the orchestra's CDs received acclaim by the professional press. The orchestra also curates its own label, focusing on the main orchestral repertoire, Belgian composers and contemporary music.


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Jan Willem de Vriend (conductor)

Jan Willem de Vriend, designated “a godsend from the Netherlands” by the Neue Zürcher Zeitung, is driven by the pioneering spirit of historically informed perfomance practice. As music director of the Combattimento Consort Amsterdam, which he founded in 1982, he specialised in repertoire of the 17th and 18th centuries, reviving a wealth of rarely heard works through historically informed performances on modern instruments, praised by Gramophone magazine for their “technical finesse and a lively feeling for characterization”. An award-winner for his creative contribution to classical music, Jan Willem de Vriend has more than 50,000 followers on Spotify and is in demand as a conductor around the world, appearing regularly with such orchestras as the Royal Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Residentie Orkest...
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Jan Willem de Vriend, designated “a godsend from the Netherlands” by the Neue Zürcher Zeitung, is driven by the pioneering spirit of historically informed perfomance practice. As music director of the Combattimento Consort Amsterdam, which he founded in 1982, he specialised in repertoire of the 17th and 18th centuries, reviving a wealth of rarely heard works through historically informed performances on modern instruments, praised by Gramophone magazine for their “technical finesse and a lively feeling for characterization”.
An award-winner for his creative contribution to classical music, Jan Willem de Vriend has more than 50,000 followers on Spotify and is in demand as a conductor around the world, appearing regularly with such orchestras as the Royal Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Residentie Orkest Den Haag, Belgian National Orchestra, Tonhalle Zurich, Orchestre National de Lyon, Bergen Philharmonic, Warsaw Philharmonic, the symphony orchestras of Netherlands Radio and Hessischer Rundfunk (Frankfurt Radio Symphony), Melbourne Symphony, Yomiuri Nippon Symphony and Hong Kong Philharmonic. He is Principal Conductor Designate of the Vienna Chamber Orchestra, and Principal Guest Conductor of the City of Kyoto Symphony Orchestra, Principal Guest Conductor of the Stuttgart Philharmonic and Orchestre National de Lille, and former Principal Guest Conductor of the Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona i Nacional de Catalunya and the Brabant Orchestra.
For the Challenge Classics label, de Vriend and the Netherlands Symphony Orchestra have recorded the complete Mendelssohn symphonies and all Beethoven’s symphonies and concertos with, among others, pianist Hannes Minnaar and violinist Liza Ferschtman. De Vriend’s interpretation of the Symphony No 7 prompted Classic FM to admire “a bounding flair that does real justice to the composer’s capacity for joy”. A further landmark of his recorded catalogue is his complete recording of the Schubert symphonies with the Residentie Orkest Den Haag.
De Vriend’s collaborative spirit is equally evident in his work for the stage, notably with opera director Eva Buchmann and Combattimento Consort Amsterdam. In addition to works by Monteverdi, Haydn, Handel and Telemann, their productions in Europe and the USA have included staged versions of Bach’s ‘Hunting’ and ‘Coffee’ Cantatas at the Bachfest Leipzig, and operas by Mozart, Rossini, Verdi and Cherubini, among them Mozart’s Don Giovanni und Rossini’s La gazzetta, both toured in Switzerland. De Vriend has also conducted operatic productions in Amsterdam (with the Nederlandse Reisopera), Barcelona, Strasbourg, Lucerne, Schwetzingen and Bergen.

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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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Edo de Waart (conductor)

Edo de Waart established a notable conducting career in the last third of the 20th century, becoming known for clear, exciting performances in a wide range of repertory. He came from a musical family, being the son of a choral singer. He studied oboe with Haakon Stotijn and also conducting at the Music Lyceum in Amsterdam. He became co-principal oboe of the Amsterdam Philharmonic in 1961 and associate principal of the Concertgebouw Orchestra in 1963. Meanwhile, he studied conducting, including a course with Franco Ferrara at Hilversum in 1964. This led to a debut with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic in 1964. That same year he won the prestigious Dimitri Mitropoulos Conductors' Competition in New York, which resulted in a year-long appointment as an assistant conductor of the New York Philharmonic (1965-66). He became assistant...
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Edo de Waart established a notable conducting career in the last third of the 20th century, becoming known for clear, exciting performances in a wide range of repertory. He came from a musical family, being the son of a choral singer. He studied oboe with Haakon Stotijn and also conducting at the Music Lyceum in Amsterdam. He became co-principal oboe of the Amsterdam Philharmonic in 1961 and associate principal of the Concertgebouw Orchestra in 1963. Meanwhile, he studied conducting, including a course with Franco Ferrara at Hilversum in 1964. This led to a debut with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic in 1964. That same year he won the prestigious Dimitri Mitropoulos Conductors' Competition in New York, which resulted in a year-long appointment as an assistant conductor of the New York Philharmonic (1965-66). He became assistant conductor of the Amsterdam Concertgebouw under Bernard Haitink in 1966. He made an impressive recorded debut with the Netherlands Wind Ensemble, which he founded in 1967, including classic recordings of Mozart wind music. He was also appointed co-music director of the Rotterdam Philharmonic with Jean Fournet, becoming sole music director when Fournet vacated his appointment in 1973. His association with the Rotterdam Philharmonic, which lasted until 1979, became noted for firm, exciting orchestral performances and intriguing choices of repertory. In 1975 he became principal guest conductor of the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, and was elevated to music director in 1977. Although the orchestra was often capable of fine performances, it was variable and had weaknesses. De Waart lifted its standards, turning it into a consistently fine orchestra. In 1985 he conducted an acclaimed series of the complete Wagner Ring operas in San Francisco.
Over the years he has made many appearances as an opera conductor, including Bayreuth, Covent Garden, the Santa Fe Opera, Paris' Bastille Opera, and the Metropolitan Opera. He conducted the first recording of Adams' Nixon in China, which won a Grammy Award in 1988. In 1996 he debuted at the Salzburg Festival with Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro.
In 1993 he was appointed chief conductor and artistic director of the Sydney (Australia) Symphony Orchestra, and in August 1995 led it on its first European tour in 20 years. In 1996 he took it on its first tours of Japan and Taiwan, and in 1998, on an American tour. He was appointed artistic director of the Netherlands Dutch Radio and Television Organization, and chief conductor of the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic. At the beginning of the 1999-2000 season he began his tenure as chief conductor of the Netherlands Opera. In that year de Waart became music director of the Hong Kong Philharmonic, with his contract extended until 2012. He assumed responsibilities as musical director of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra in 2009. An advocate of modern and contemporary music, he has conducted the work of Reich, Torke, Wuorinen, and Britten.

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"Religious tetralogy", four special, religious compositions by Flanders' greatest composer, Peter Benoit, by Antwerp Symphony Orchestra. A real discovery!
Music Web, 08-3-2019

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Disc #1
01.
Noël
08:15
(Peter Benoit) Antwerp Symphony Orchestra, Álvaro Zambrano, Antwerp Symphony Orchestra, Octopus Symphony Chorus
02.
Messe Solennelle: I. Kyrie
05:43
(Peter Benoit) Antwerp Symphony Orchestra, Yves Saelens, Álvaro Zambrano, Antwerp Symphony Orchestra, Namur Chamber Choir, Octopus Symphony Chorus
03.
Messe Solennelle: II. Gloria
10:24
(Peter Benoit) Antwerp Symphony Orchestra, Yves Saelens, Álvaro Zambrano, Antwerp Symphony Orchestra, Namur Chamber Choir, Octopus Symphony Chorus
04.
Messe Solennelle: III. Credo
17:38
(Peter Benoit) Antwerp Symphony Orchestra, Yves Saelens, Álvaro Zambrano, Antwerp Symphony Orchestra, Namur Chamber Choir, Octopus Symphony Chorus
05.
Messe Solennelle: IV. Sanctus
02:06
(Peter Benoit) Antwerp Symphony Orchestra, Yves Saelens, Álvaro Zambrano, Antwerp Symphony Orchestra, Namur Chamber Choir, Octopus Symphony Chorus
06.
Messe Solennelle: V. Benedictus
06:25
(Peter Benoit) Antwerp Symphony Orchestra, Yves Saelens, Álvaro Zambrano, Antwerp Symphony Orchestra, Namur Chamber Choir, Octopus Symphony Chorus
07.
Messe Solennelle: VI. Agnus Dei
09:51
(Peter Benoit) Antwerp Symphony Orchestra, Yves Saelens, Álvaro Zambrano, Antwerp Symphony Orchestra, Namur Chamber Choir, Octopus Symphony Chorus

Disc #2
01.
Te Deum
17:52
(Peter Benoit) Antwerp Symphony Orchestra, Octopus Symphony Chorus, Antwerp Symphony Orchestra
02.
Requiem: I. Requiem Aeternam
09:27
(Peter Benoit) Antwerp Symphony Orchestra, Octopus Symphony Chorus, Antwerp Symphony Orchestra
03.
Requiem: II. Dies Irae
13:28
(Peter Benoit) Antwerp Symphony Orchestra, Octopus Symphony Chorus, Antwerp Symphony Orchestra
04.
Requiem: III. Sanctus
02:46
(Peter Benoit) Antwerp Symphony Orchestra, Octopus Symphony Chorus, Antwerp Symphony Orchestra
05.
Requiem: IV. Benedictus
07:07
(Peter Benoit) Antwerp Symphony Orchestra, Octopus Symphony Chorus, Antwerp Symphony Orchestra
06.
Requiem: V. Agnus Dei
11:10
(Peter Benoit) Antwerp Symphony Orchestra, Octopus Symphony Chorus, Antwerp Symphony Orchestra
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