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The clarinet as prima donna

Roeland Hendrikx

The clarinet as prima donna

Format: CD
Label: Evil Penguin
UPC: 0608917724028
Catnr: EPRC 0053
Release date: 05 May 2023
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Label
Evil Penguin
UPC
0608917724028
Catalogue number
EPRC 0053
Release date
05 May 2023

"The moving aria from Der Freischütz, whose main component is the masterful main theme of the opera - it circles through the air like a lark - works surprisingly well on the clarinet. Hendrikx knows what to do with it. Just as he audibly enjoys the breakneck antics towards the end of the finale of the Second Clarinet Concerto. Finally, the Variations on a theme from the opera Silvana provide an additional showcase for the versatility of the clarinet. The Rheinische Philharmonie under the Belgian Michel Tilkin plays excellently and the whole is beautifully captured."

Luister, 01-9-2023
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About the album

This recording celebrates Carl Maria von Weber’s unrivalled talent to turn the clarinet into an opera diva, to make it talk, sing, cry and shine. But Belgian virtuoso Roeland Hendrikx also teams up with award-winning arranger Andreas Tarkmann and the Rheinische Philharmonie to solve a number of other riddles surrounding “the first German Romantic”. What was the division of labour between Weber and his clarinettist of choice, Heinrich Baermann? How much Baermann do we have to scrape off to meet the real Weber? And crucially, how much Tarkmann do we have to inject to find the full Weber?
  • Diese Aufnahme würdigt das unvergleichliche Talent Carl Maria von Webers, die Klarinette wie eine Operndiva sprechen, singen, weinen und strahlen zu lassen. Neben dem belgischen Virtuosen Roeland Hendrikx haben sich auch der preisgekrönte Arrangeur Andreas Tarkmann und das Staatsorchester Rheinische Philharmonie an der Beantwortung einer Reihe von Fragen beteiligt, die sich über den „ersten deutschen Romantiker" stellen. Welche Arbeitsteilung bestand zwischen Weber und Heinrich Baermann, seinem favorisierten Klarinettisten? Wie viel Baermann müssen wir eliminieren, um zum echten Weber vorzudringen? Und vor allem: Wie viel Tarkmann braucht es, um den ganzen Weber zu entdecken?



Artist(s)

Roeland Hendrikx (clarinet)

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....
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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.


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Michel Tilkin (conductor)

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Carl Maria von Weber

Carl Maria von Weber was a German composer, conductor, pianist, guitarist and critic, one of the first significant composers of the Romantic school. Weber's operas Der Freischütz, Euryanthe and Oberon greatly influenced the development of the Romantische Oper (Romantic opera) in Germany. Der Freischütz came to be regarded as the first German 'nationalist' opera, Euryanthe developed the Leitmotif technique to an unprecedented degree, while Oberon may have influenced Mendelssohn's music for A Midsummer Night's Dream and, at the same time, revealed Weber's lifelong interest in the music of non-Western cultures. This interest was first manifested in Weber's incidental music for Schiller's translation of Gozzi's Turandot, for which he used a Chinese melody, making him the first Western composer to use an...
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Carl Maria von Weber was a German composer, conductor, pianist, guitarist and critic, one of the first significant composers of the Romantic school.
Weber's operas Der Freischütz, Euryanthe and Oberon greatly influenced the development of the Romantische Oper (Romantic opera) in Germany. Der Freischütz came to be regarded as the first German "nationalist" opera, Euryanthe developed the Leitmotif technique to an unprecedented degree, while Oberon may have influenced Mendelssohn's music for A Midsummer Night's Dream and, at the same time, revealed Weber's lifelong interest in the music of non-Western cultures. This interest was first manifested in Weber's incidental music for Schiller's translation of Gozzi's Turandot, for which he used a Chinese melody, making him the first Western composer to use an Asian tune that was not of the pseudo-Turkish kind popularised by Mozart and others.

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The moving aria from Der Freischütz, whose main component is the masterful main theme of the opera - it circles through the air like a lark - works surprisingly well on the clarinet. Hendrikx knows what to do with it. Just as he audibly enjoys the breakneck antics towards the end of the finale of the Second Clarinet Concerto. Finally, the Variations on a theme from the opera Silvana provide an additional showcase for the versatility of the clarinet. The Rheinische Philharmonie under the Belgian Michel Tilkin plays excellently and the whole is beautifully captured.
Luister, 01-9-2023

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