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ALEXANDER DROZDOV Schumann - Rachmaninov
Israel String Quartet - Bruckner and Rott
Marieke Schneemann - Schubert and the Flute
Jan Vriend - Jets d'Orgue
Johannes Brahms - Lieder
Schubert at home
Winterreise
Mendelssohn
Rokus
Zachow
Maykemat
Des Knaben Wunderhorn
Leos Janacek - Helena Basilova
Morte Dolce
Beethoven's Salon Symphonies
Canto Ostinato

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

Concerto for harpsichord & strings in D-minor (BWV 1052)

Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach (1714-1788)

Concerto for organ, strings & basso continuo in G major (Wotquenne 34)

Johann Christian Bach (1735-1782)

Concerto for pianoforte, strings and b.c. (1770)

Pieter-Jan Belder

harpsichord, organ & pianoforte

Musica Amphion

Rèmy Baudet, leader
Conducted by Pieter-Jan Belder

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Dutch press

BACH - three keyboard concertos - Quintone, voorjaar 2007 Persbeoordelingen

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CD van de maand mei, beoordeling 10
`Zeldzaam mooi. Het jonge Nederlandse label Quintone schiet in de roos. Het ensemble Musica Amphion onder aanvoering van toetsenist Pieter-Jan Belder zet hier zo`n beetje een nieuwe standaard, met een kleine bezetting (vijf violen, twee altviolen, cello en violine) en een bijzonder gelukkig samengaan van subliem ensemblegeluid, superieur klavecimbelspel en een stralende registratie: het is of je als luisteraar midden tussen de musici zit.`

NRC Handelsblad

5 sterren
`Alles klinkt zó vitaal en spannend, alsof de hele vaak zo suf lijkende eeuw opmarcheerde naar de Sturm und Drang. Luister naar Bachs Concert voor klavecimbel en strijkers BWV 1052 met die donkere drive, een prima basis voor het klavecimbelgepingel dat zó dicht wordt dat de strijkers zich maar eens koest houden. De aansprekendste barok-cd die ik in lange tijd hoorde.`

Volkskrant

FEEST VER VAN HET ALTAAR
(4 sterren)
`Pieter-Jan Belder, klavecinist in Van Veldhovens Hohe Messe, maakt ver van het altaar een feest van Bachs klavecimbelconcert in d-klein. Het ensemble Musiva Amphion doet vrolijk mee. Het draait uit op een familiereünie: C.P.E. en J.C. Bach zijn van de partij met concerten, gespeeld op orgel en fortepiano.`
R. de Beer

De Telegraaf

MUSICA AMPHION
`Perfectie en frisheid gaan hand in hand.`
Thiemo Wind

Leids Dagblad

`Drie sprankelend gespeelde voorbeelden van een grote barokke vader en zijn eigenzinnige `klassieke` zonen.`
Hans Visser

HP/De Tijd

Bachjes
`… er wordt sprankelend en overtuigend gespeeld en het is heel aardig om die concerten van de Bachjes weer eens naast elkaar te horen.`
Oswin Schneeweisz

135 years of CZECH COMPOSERS

CD 1

Bedřich Smetana (1824-1884)

From my homeland

Antonín Dvořák (1841-1904)

Four romantic pieces op.75

Antonín Dvořák (1841-1904)

Sonatine in G-major op.100

Zdenĕk Fibich (1850-1900)

Poem

Ottokar Nováček (1866-1900)

Perpetuum mobile

 

CD2

Leoš Janáček (1854-1928)

Sonata

Erwin Schulhoff (1894-1942)

Sonata for violin solo

Bohuslav Martinů (1890-1959)

Five madrigal stanzas

Josef Suk (1874-1935)

Four pieces op.17

Yvonne Smeulers

violin

Sander Sittig

piano

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BOSMANS & BRIDGE

Frank Bridge (1879-1941)

Sonata for cello and piano (1913-1917)

1. Allegro ben moderato

2. Adagio ma non troppo

3. Molto allegro e agitato, Allegro moderato

4. Elégie (1904)

5. Serenade (1903)

6. Meditation (1912)

 

Henriëtte Bosmans (1895-1952)

Sonata for cello and piano (1919)

7. Allegro Maestoso

8. Allegretto

9. Adagio

10. Allegro molto e con fuoco

11. Nuit Calme (1926)

Mayke Rademakers

cello

Matthijs Verschoor

piano

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J.S.Bach Johannes Passion (version 1725)

 

release date Feb 11 2008

2 CD / digipack / stereo / Booklet 32 p

 

Musicians:

Orchestra: Concerto d`Amsterdam
Choir: La Furia

Sopran - Machteld Baumans
Alt - Maarten Engeltjes
Tenor - Marcel Beekman
Bass - Mattijs van de Woerd
Jesus - Frans Fiselier
Evangelist - Nico van der Meel

 

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Beethoven's Beethoven

 

Beethoven's Quintet for Piano and Winds in Es, op. 16 and his Symphony nr. 2 in D, op. 36, rewritten by Beethoven for pianoquartet and pianotrio respectively.

 

Van Swieten Society:

Igor Rukhadze & Franc Polman - violin
Bernadette Verhagen - viola
Job ter Haar - cello
Bart van Oort - fortepiano
Fortepiano after Walter by Chris Maene (2000)

 

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Alkan & Chopin

 

Job ter Haar and Vaughan Schlepp play the great sonatas for piano and cello of the two friends.

 

Musicians:

 

Job ter Haar - cello
Vaughan Schlepp - Erard grand piano

 

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Clementi

 

Piano duets on Broadwood 1798

 

Musicians:

 

Galina Draganova and Vasily Ilisavsky
Fortepiano John Broadwood & Son (London 1798)

 

CD / digipack / stereo / Booklet 12p

 

The piano duets of Muzio Clementi (1752 - 1832) opus 3, opus 6 and opus 14.

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Purcell - solo songs

Maarten Koningsberger - bariton,
Fred Jacobs - theorbo

 

Perfect Purcell on a superlative release chock-full of treasures.

 

Musicians:

Bariton: Maarten Koningsberger
Theorbo: Fred Jacobs

CD / digipack / stereo / Booklet 32 p

 

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Editor's Choice

GRAMOPHONE (Editor's Choice) REVIEW:

'Perfect Purcell on a superlative release chock-full of treasures'

BACH - Alto Cantatas

Maarten Engeltjes

 

A fascinating recording of the three Cantatas for altus, with counter tenor Maarten Engeltjes, Concerto d`Amsterdam and Vincent van Laar on the beautiful Bach orgel of the Grote Kerk in Dordrecht (Holland).

 

Musicians:

Maarten Engeltjes - counter tenor
Concerto d`Amsterdam conducted by Klaas Stok
Vincent van Laar - orgel

CD / digipack / stereo / Booklet 28 p

 

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DAAN MANNEKE

La Mélodie passagère

 

- a beautiful anthology -

 

Musicians:

Van Dingstee Quartet, Mariet Kaasschieter, Henriette Feitfh), Karin van der Poel, Harry van Berne, Kees Jan de Koning, Bas Ramselaar, Marijn Simons, Studium Chorale, Hans Leenders, Klaas Hoek

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on Daan Manneke's La mélodie passagère

Puisque tout passe, faisons
la mélodie passagère;
celle qui nous désaltère,
aura de nous raison.

Chantons a qui nous quitte
avec amour et art;
soyons plus vite
que le rapide départ.

This poem by Rainer Maria Rilke is a very suitable metaphor not only for Daan Manneke's violin solo La mélodie passagère, but also for almost his whole oeuvre. His music is always 'passing' or, in Daan's own terms, it follows a 'trajectory'. As a listener one has to jump on his train and let oneself be taken into different times and dimensions.

The multi-dimensional aspects in Daan's music emerge in many ways. For instance, there might be beautiful harmonies hanging in the air which suddenly get disturbed by a percussive layer. This seems to destroy the beautiful harmonies, but in the end two layers turn out to be two independent worlds which do not appear to be influencing each other. Thus Daan gives the listener the idea of being in two or more spaces at the same time.
Talking about time, at simultaneous moments there is music which would clearly reflect on renaissance, but with harmonies or rhythms that could only exist in a post-Stravinsky or even post-Boulez era. In this way the matter of time is transformed in timeless matter. Daan works with multi-dimensionality also in his treatment of aesthetics. He can find interest and beauty in something obviously unaesthetical and maybe even ugly or out of place, and turns these "anti"-elements into "art"-qualities.

CARL MARIA von WEBER

Van Swieten Society

 

Carl Maria von Weber(1786-1826) was one of the most significant figures in the German early Romantic movement, famous for his operas and symphonies. His chamber music is less well-known, but the three fine examples of this genre recorded here illustrate his genius for instrumental writing, melodic gift and flair for showmanship and entertainment.

 

Musicians:

Marion Moonen - flut, Frank van den Brink - clarinet, Igor Rukhadze and Franc Polman - violin, Bernadette Verhagen - viola, Job ter Haar - cello, Bart van Oort - piano

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TON DE LEEUW

Complete Piano Solo Works

 

piano: René Eckhardt

 

In close co-operation with Muziekcentrum Nederland (MCN) Quintone releases the complete piano oeuvre of the important Dutch composer Ton de Leeuw on a 2CD. After a research of three years MCN presented the score of all the piano works in a new edition during a festival on January 9 2010. Several works did not appear in printed form before or were ever played in public. Quintone made the recordings of all these beautiful and important examples of 20th century piano music and presents them to you today. The CD's contain a total of 18 first recordings!

 

2CD / Digipack / stereo / Booklet 24 p

 

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Simons conducts Simons

Simons Ensemble

 

Philipp Stümke, clarinet
Ron Colbers, vibraphone (& vocal)
Karina Sabac, piano
Felix Giglberger, violin (& viola)
Sandra Borchers, contrabass

Marijn Simons, conductor

 

The Legend of Kwahkaazuh

for ensemble, opus 58a
composed in 2009, arranged for ensemble in 2009

Five

for ensemble, opus 48a (concert version)
composed in 2008/2009, arranged for ensemble in 2009

Bas Continues

for ensemble, opus 40b
composed in 2007, arranged for ensemble in 2009

 

This recording was made during the debut concert (and dress rehearsal) of the Simons Ensemble on the 13th March 2010 at the Theater aan het Vrijthof in Maastricht, The Netherlands.

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ALEXANDER DROZDOV

Schumann - Rachmaninov

 

"Alexander Drozdov speaks to the hearts of the audience". That review from a leading Dutch newspaper sums up this artist in one sentence. Russian-born Alexander Drozdov is building a promising career and winning audiences in Russia and Europe, both as a recitalist and as a soloist with orchestra. "Aristocratic", "inspiring", "touching", "poetic" and of course "Russian soul" - these are some of the lasting impressions which his performances leave on his listeners.

 

ROBERT SCHUMANN - Fantasie in C major opus 17

SERGEI RACHMANINOV - Etudes-Tableaux opus 39

 

CD / digipack / stereo / booklet 8 p

 

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BRUCKNER - ROTT

 

Two great String Quartets of the Master and his Student, Anton Bruckner and Hans Rott, perfectly played by the Israel String Quartet.

Yigal Tuneh - first violin
Avital Steiner - second violin
Amit Landau - viola
Zvi Maschkowski - cello

ANTON BRUCKNER

String Quartet in C minor

HANS ROTT

String Quartet in C minor

 

CD / digipack / stereo / booklet 16 p

 

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SCHUBERT and the FLUTE

Marieke Schneemann - flute

Bart van Oort - fortepiano

Francine van der Heijden - soprano

 

With his Variations on "Trockne Blumen" (D 802), Schubert provided flutists with one of the most technically brilliant and musically rewarding pieces in the repertoire, one that is almost universally regarded as the most significant work written for the instrument in the nineteenth century. Similarly, his one work for solo clarinet, Der Hirt auf dem Felsen,(D 965) with soprano and piano, is a work that expertly mines the clarinet's capabilities. (Schubert's Octet, D 803, is also a wonderful vehicle for the clarinet.) The flute builder Theobald Böhm (1794 - 1881), who is unanimously hailed as the inventor of the modern flute, was obviously attracted to Schubert's music, turning to him for inspiration for two of his own compositions, the Fantasy on a Theme of Schubert, Op. 21, and his Arrangement of Six Schubert Lieder for Flute and Piano. Thus, it is clear that this pivotal figure in the history of the flute felt a kinship with Schubert. Similarly, flutist Marieke Schneeman felt moved to make an arrangement of Schubert's Sonatina for violin and piano in D major (D 384), and to step into the clarinet's territory and play Der Hirt auf dem Felsen, a decision that in Schubert's day would not have raised as many eyebrows as it might today.

 

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JAN VRIEND

Jets d'Orgue

 

Jets d'Orgue is a musical celebration of the acoustic and technological riches of large organs in large spaces. The music propels itself as the raw power of nature. Thousands of pipes spray their sounds through the vast space of a cathedral in a continuous eruption of colours and patterns, densities and velocities, variations and combinations. Getting immersed by the dizzying floods of sounds is like entering totally new, undreamt-of worlds.

Jan Hage - Organ

 

CD / digipack / stereo / booklet 8 p

 

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JOHANNES BRAHMS

Lieder
Opus 32, 72, 86, 106

 

Maarten Koningsberger - baritone
Kelvin Grout - piano

Brahms certainly made an important contribution to the lieder repertoire, composing some 200 for solo voice and piano alone. They reflect virtually his entire emotional spectrum: from jolly folksongs to the most melancholic, high romantic songs.
Because of the intense and timeless interpretation of Koningsberger and Grout the eternal big themes of love, impotence, beauty and death come surprisingly close.

"Koningsberger's innate musicality and subtle intelligence are evident in every phrase" Gramophone on Maarten Koningsberger's Purcell CD, 7-2009.

 

CD / digipack / stereo / booklet 24 p

 

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Schubert at home

early romantic chamber music
Van Swieten Society

 

Francine van der Heijden - soprano
Marion Moonen - flute
Frank van de Brink - clarinet
Izhar Elias - guitar
Igor Ruhadze - violin
Bernadette Verhagen - viola
Job ter Haar - cello
Maria Vahervuo - bass
Bart van Oort - fortepiano

 

Guitar Quartet in G major, D.96 (1814)
Der Hirt auf dem Felsen, D. 965 (1828)
Piano Quartet in A major "Trout Quintet", Op.posth.119, D 667 (1819)

 

Q11001 CD / digipack / stereo / Booklet

 

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Mendelssohn - the young genius

early romantic chamber music
Van Swieten Society

 

The Van Swieten Society:

Frank van den Brink - clarinet
Franc Polman - violin
Igor Ruhadze - violin
Bernadette Verhagen - viola
Jaring Walta - viola
Job ter Haar - cello
Bart van Oort - fortepiano

 

Sextet for Piano and Strings in D Major, op. 110 (1824)
Clarinet Sonata in Eb Major (1824)
Piano Trio in C minor (1821)

 

Q09004 CD / digipack / stereo / Booklet

 

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Schubert - Winterreise

 

Maarten Koningsberger - bariton
Roger Braun - piano

 

"Schuberts Winterreise als intiem drama - Koningsberger/Braun een weldadig koppel (...) Schubertliederen zingen is een kunst die maar weinig zangers verstaan, bij Koningsberger heb je het veilige gevoel alles van Schubert precies op zijn plaats komt. Hij heeft er de ideale stem voor - een mooie, stevige soepele bariton - en hij neemt de melodie van elk lied als richtsnoer voor zijn interpretatie. Op de stroom van een mooi legato en een smetteloos Duits legt hij de accenten die bij deze vroegromantiek passen. (...) Pianist Roger Braun blijkt Koningsbergers evenknie (...) een poetisch musicus die met de zanger mee-ademt (...) een weldadig koppel" - Haarlems Dagblad

 

Q11003 CD / digipack / stereo / Booklet

 

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Rokus de Groot

ShivaShakti

play of god and goddess

 

Dhruba Ghosh - improvisation, sarangiErnest Rombout - English horn

 

In Hinduism, Shiva and Shakti represent the balance between male and female, between meditation and energy. Shiva and Shakti go by various names and forms in India, such as Shankara and Durga, or Bhairav and Bhairavi. The performance on this CD is inspired by various sources on Shiva and Shakti. Interesting cross-cultural project of traditional Hindu music making and Western contemporary composition techniques. Of special interest to Hindu communities all over the globe and people who like both modern classics and world music.

 

Q11002 CD / digipack / stereo / Booklet 8 p

 

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Zachow
Christmas Cantatas

 

Accademia Amsterdam
Capella Frisiae
Constanza Backes - soprano
Ludger Remy - director

 

1. Meine Seele: erhebt den Herren
2. Herr, wenn ich nur dich habe
3. Preiset mit mir den Herren
4. Lobe de Herrn, meine Seele

 

Wilhelm Friedrich Zachow (1663-1712) is one of those composers who never became known to the great public because of the attention for Bach, Handel and Vivaldi. Onno Verschoor (Accademia Amsterdam) and Ludger Remy explore the musial archives and come with extremely interesting examples of his Church Music, that form a perfect link between Buxtehude and Bach. The project will lead to many first recordings. The Quintone recording 'Christmas Cantatas' is the first one.

 

Q10001 CD / digipack / stereo / Booklet 32p

 

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Rachmaninoff & Shostakovich

The Sonatas

Mayke Rademakers - cello
Matthijs Verschoor - piano


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Apart from their similarities, the cello sonatas of Rachmaninoff and Shostakovich are stylistically opposed. Where Rachmaninoff was strongly embedded in the romantic tradition of the 19th century, Shostakovich expressed himself in a modernistic, neo-classical style, with edgy dissonants and contrasts. Nevertheless, Rachmaninoff 's full blooded romantic sonata couples exquisitely with the more graphic and sometimes cynical musical language of Shostakovich.

The sonatas for cello & piano by Rachmaninoff and Shostakovich belong to the most important works of the 20th century written for this instrumental combination. Regarding virtuosity and lyricism, both sonatas demand the utmost of both the cellist and the pianist. Each work is made up of four movements with respectively similar tempo indications. The slow movements appear to reveal themselves as the soul of the works.

The cello-piano duo Mayke Rademakers and Matthijs Verschoor form a very inspiring musical couple. Their previous recordings with works by Bosmans and Bridge were highly acclaimed by the international press: They perform with unstinting dedication, passionate and urgently expressive..

(Gramophone, Andrew Achenbach)

Q12002 CD / digipack / stereo / Booklet

Mahler
Des Knaben Wunderhorn

Maarten Koningsberger - baritone
Ed Spanjaard - piano


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Des Knaben Wunderhorn is an extensive collection of Romantic poetry, published by Achim von Arnim (1781-1831) and Clemens Brentano (1778-1842). The idea came to them while taking a boat trip along the Rhine, during which the wine flowed freely and spirits were high.
Gustav Mahler was immediately attracted to Des Knaben Wunderhorn, so it is not surprising that he used so many of the poems in his Lieder: between 1887 and 1902 he composed twenty-four songs based on texts from the anthology. The composer himself uses the term "Humoresken". However, and that is the crux of the matter, none of these songs is truly carefree and humourous. Moreover, when humour threatens, there is always a snag. This is even the case in Rheinlegendchen with its seemingly lighthearted Ländler-like charm, also to be found for instance in Verlorne Müh. Essentially the story is about a person longing to find true love. Reading between the lines, one can only conclude that the projected events of Rheinlegendchen will forever remain a dream.
Like Mahler's other works, Des Knaben Wunderhorn is mainly concerned with the tension between the ideal and reality, more specifically the human striving towards the unattainable, against overwhelming odds; trying to find the sense in the struggle, but seldom succeeding. The anti-hero is fighting powers against which one can not, or rarely, prevail.

Maarten Koningsberger is one of the leading baritones in The Netherlands. His diversity of styles is reflected in his song recitals, with pianists as Graham Johnson and Rudolf Jansen or with lutenist Fred Jacobs. His concert tours include Europe, South Africa, the Far East, China, Israel, USA and Canada, always highly acclaimed by the press. Among the many mayor concerthalls where he performed are: The Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Wigmore Hall London, Philharmonie München, Carnegie Hall New York, Theater an der Wien, Staatsoper Berlin, Salle Pleyel Paris, Romanian Atheneum Bucharest, Amsterdam Operahouse, Esplanade Singapore and many more.

Ed Spanjaard was music director of the Limburg Symphony Orchestra, Maastricht (untill end of the season 2012) as well as the Nieuw Ensemble (Amsterdam), which specializes in contemporary music. Additionally he is a regular guest conductor of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the orchestras of the Dutch Radio and the Netherlands Chamber Choir.

 



 

Q12001 CD / digipack / stereo / Booklet 28p

Léos Janáček

Helena Basilova - piano

In the Mists
Sonata
On an Overgrown Path

Léos Janáček composed numerous works for piano throughout his career, but they are mostly minor - dances, folksong arrangements, album leaves, occasional pieces. The three shining exceptions, brought together on this CD and all composed in the period 1900-1912, constitute his chief claim to significance and originality as a composer for the keyboard.

Helena Basilova, recently praised by the New York Times for her Shostakovich interpretation, is a young, Moscow born, promising artist, working and living in Amsterdam at this moment. For her Janáček performances she received many outstanding reviews.

Q12003 CD / digipack / stereo / Booklet 8p

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Morte Dolce

Songs of Constantijn Huygens and contemporaries

Oscar Verhaar - counter tenor
Michiel Niessen - lute

 

Review: 'Oscar Verhaar: what a talent!', preludeklassiekemuziek.nl

The programme on this CD is built around the Italian songs of Dutchman Constantijn Huygens (1596-1687). Huygens was one of the central figures in the Dutch Golden Age, as he was secretary to the princes of Orange for several decades. Next to his political duties, Huygens was a passionate music lover, especially fond of the voice and the lute. His musical output is, except for a handful of compositions, found in the volume Pathodia sacra et profana (Paris, 1647). The songs in this book are based in the tradition of the solo song, called seconda pratica, developed around 1600 by the work of Giulio Caccini and Claudio Monteverdi, among others. To show how Huygens' songs relate to genuine Italian compositions, his work is placed next to those of the most revered Italian composers of the time.

Q14001 CD / Booklet 32p

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Beethoven's Salon Symphonies

Van Swieten Society

 

Symphony no. 5 in C minor opus 67
Symphonie no. 3 in E-flat major, opus 55 "Eroica"

 

The symphonies of Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827) were immensely popular at the beginning of the 19th century. However, performances of these masterpieces were relatively rare, and not every music lover was in a position to hear orchestral concerts on a regular basis. For this reason, many were destined to enjoy their favourite symphonic works in the form of arrangements that they played at home themselves.

The Van Swieten Society is eager to bring this forgotten style of performing symphonic works back to life, complete with original period instruments of the era and the accompanying stylistic expressive language.

 

Q14002 CD / Booklet 12p

 

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Canto Ostinato

Simeon ten Holt
Toon Hagen - Orgel

 

At first glance, Canto Ostinato (completed in 1976) contains all the compositional characteristics of 20th Century minimalist music. The bigger picture, however, is that each and every performance of the work is an entirely new conception in itself. Toon Hagen's interpretation has the potential to become the classical Tubular Bells of 2013.

Recensies

NRC: "Een fascinerend nieuwe interpretatie van overbekende muziek"
TROUW: "Ritmisch onberispelijk"
ND: "Troost putten uit 'Canto Ostinato'"

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FARKAS WIND QUINTET AMSTERDAM I

Deput!

The Farkas Wind Quintet Amsterdam is a Dutch ensemble, founded in 1997.
Herman van Kogelenberg (flute),
Hans Wolters (oboe),
Marcel Geraeds (clarinet).
Remko Edelaar (bassoon)
Fons Verspaandonk (French horn)

Few small ensembles can boast the rich spectrum of colour and texture achievable with the wind quintet. The very nature of such striking differences in timbre between the instruments, and thus the myriad combinations of these when combined, grant the author a most versatile of compositional palettes. Whilst evolved from chamber ensembles of the great Classical era - Mozart and Haydn both employed wind groups of varying instrumentation - the modern version (consisting of flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon and French horn) has proved a sumptuous source of inspiration for a league of twentieth century composers.

 

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List of works

Le tombeau de Couperin - Maurice Ravel
1875-1937
01 Prelude 3:04
02 Fuga 4:35
03 Forlane 4:55
04 Rigaudon 3:03
05 Menuet 4:42
06 Toccata 3:49
La cheminée du roi René - Darius Milhaud
1892-1974
07 Cortège 1:50
08 Aubade 1:37
09 Jongleurs 1:04
10 La maousinglade 2:12
11 Joutes sur l'Arc 0:45
12 Chasse à Valabre 1:27
13 Madrigal nocturne 2:51
Wind Quintet no 1 - Jean Francaix
1912-1997
14 I. Andante tranquillo - Allegro assai 4:08
15 II. Presto 4:35
16 III. Tema con variazioni 7:06
17 IV. Tempo di marcia francese 4:02

 

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DAAN MANNEKE - Soyons plus vite

'k Aanbidde u, groote God-
onschrijfbaar, onbeschreven,
en onbegrijpelijk, 't en zij alleen
van U, die al dat was, dat is, dat zijn zal, even
begrijpelijk omvat. Mij al te kleen
bekenne ik, om iets meer als enkel schaduw
van uw groot licht te zien;
maar, zie ik niet, ik rade U
aan 't werk dat Gij gedacht, gewild hebt en gedaan,
aan 't Godlijk speur, daar Gij
zijt in voorbijgegaan.

Guido Gezelle, [ 1830-1899]
9 oktober 1896

"Hoewel ik niet formeel gelovig ben kan ik deze tekst helemaal onderschrijven en de metaforen vertalen naar het mysterie van een 'werkelijkheid' waar voor onze inferieure, stoffelijke menselijke maat en taal geen beginnen aan is"

Daan Manneke, november 2014

 

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List of works

1. Faux Bourdon (1995) 06:50
Arrangement viool solo Marijn Simons (2010)  
Ingrid van Dingstee, viool  
   
Arc I (1994) strijkkwartet  
Van Dingstee Kwartet  
2. Hesperion 09:55
3. Syrinx 07:12
   
4. Soyons plus vite (1991) 09:23
Arrangement  besklarinet Coen Stuit (2011)  
Coen Stuit, besklarinet  
   
5. Tombeau pour Ton de Leeuw (1998) 03:47
Ewout van Dingstee, violoncello  
   
6. Seven Last Words (2010) 37:09
Oratorium voor koor en harmonium  
Studium Chorale o.l.v. Hans Leenders, Dirk Luijmes, harmonium  

BACH - The Cello Suites

"These days, there exists a tremendous focus upon "historic" performance practices. Besides the positive and most valuable lessons that we have learned regarding instrumentation, articulation and musical editions, one tends to forget that today's listener hears within a completely different sphere to that of one who lived 300 years ago. An authentic listening experience is, despite what we would all like to believe, simply not possible.

It is for this reason that I have strived to make a connection with today's world, by pairing the suites with works by contemporary composers, setting them in an unusual and incisive perspective.

This is designed as a modern reflection, with the hope and expectation that we will hear these suites in a different and more genuinely "authentic" manner thereby."

Mayke Rademakers, november 2014

 

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List of works

CD I
Suite nr. 1 Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
Prelude Sofia Gubaidulina (1931)
Suite nr. 2 Johann Sebastian Bach
Message-consolation György Kurtág (1926)
Suite nr. 3 Johann Sebastian Bach

CD II
Per Slava Krzysztof Penderecki (1933)
Suite nr. 4 Johann Sebastian Bach
Tema Sacher Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)
Suite nr. 5 Johann Sebastian Bach
Klingende Buchstaben Alfred Schnittke (1931-1998)

CD III
Suite nr. 6 Johann Sebastian Bach
Improvisations on electric cello
Constant
Distant

Joseph Haydn Die sieben letzten Worte

New arrangement for Wind Quintet
Farkas Quintet Amsterdam

 

The fascinating story behind the composition of Haydn's "Seven Last Words" pairs beautifully to the intriguing series of arrangements which followed. Commissioned by a canon at the cathedral in Cadiz, the work is designed as a series of meditative 'sonatas' which reflect upon sermons given during Lent, each taking one of Christ's final utterances as its subject.

Haydn's original 1786 version was scored for a fairly standard classical orchestra, with his own arrangement for string quartet appearing in the following year. There followed a reduction for piano which, although prepared by his publisher, met with the composer's approval. Then, in 1795 whilst returning home from endeavours in London, Haydn was somewhat startled upon hearing his work in a version for chorus and orchestra in the Bavarian town of Passau, prompting him to construct his own refined arrangement with this same scoring.

In this exciting and thoughtful arrangement for wind quintet made by Ere Lievonen, the story of this popular work continues to unfold. This wholly original version draws upon the sustaining possibilities of the stringed instruments, yet offers an entirely new world of tone colours and effects. These five distinctly different instruments create a magnificent range of timbral combinations, and this fresh and new approach to a well-loved masterpiece is equally innovative, respectful and musically ravishing.

Chris Cartner Sidney, February 25, 2015

 

Q15001 Digipack, CD, booklet 16p

 

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Joseph Haydn Die sieben letzten Worte

New arrangement for Wind Quintet
Farkas Quintet Amsterdam

 

With short meditations of Antoine Bodar (in Dutch)

 

The fascinating story behind the composition of Haydn's "Seven Last Words" pairs beautifully to the intriguing series of arrangements which followed. Commissioned by a canon at the cathedral in Cadiz, the work is designed as a series of meditative 'sonatas' which reflect upon sermons given during Lent, each taking one of Christ's final utterances as its subject.

Haydn's original 1786 version was scored for a fairly standard classical orchestra, with his own arrangement for string quartet appearing in the following year. There followed a reduction for piano which, although prepared by his publisher, met with the composer's approval. Then, in 1795 whilst returning home from endeavours in London, Haydn was somewhat startled upon hearing his work in a version for chorus and orchestra in the Bavarian town of Passau, prompting him to construct his own refined arrangement with this same scoring.

In this exciting and thoughtful arrangement for wind quintet made by Ere Lievonen, the story of this popular work continues to unfold. This wholly original version draws upon the sustaining possibilities of the stringed instruments, yet offers an entirely new world of tone colours and effects. These five distinctly different instruments create a magnificent range of timbral combinations, and this fresh and new approach to a well-loved masterpiece is equally innovative, respectful and musically ravishing.

Chris Cartner Sidney, February 25, 2015

 

Q15002 Digipack, CD, booklet 16p

 

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Picturing Scriabin - Helena Basilova

 

Picturing Scriabin marks a century since the passing of Alexander Scriabin (1872-1915). Released in April 2015, the album pays homage to this Russian composer, who has remained one of the most mysterious and controversial artistic figures of all time. His music evokes a sense of elation and weightlessness, as if the law of gravity were reversed. Scriabin developed his own harmonic language, his own idiom and principles of musical construction. Stravinsky called him a "man without citizenship," he does not fit in any particular musical or cultural tradition.

Helena Basilova's Picturing Scriabin maps Scriabin's journey from innocence to experience. With the exception of the first Mazurka, the pieces are in chronological order. The program is similar to recitals Scriabin gave in the last months of his life. By then he had toured Russia and Europe extensively as a concert pianist, often playing full concerts of exclusively his own repertoire. We begin with two works from Scriabin's first and most lyric period. Mazurka, Op. 25, Nr. 3 shows a contemplative and improvisatory Scriabin while 24 Preludes Op. 11 are heavily influenced by Chopin's 24 Preludes, Op. 28.

Ter gelegenheid van de 100-ste sterfdag van Alexander Scriabin presenteert Quintone de nieuwe CD van Helena Basilova onder de titel 'Picturing Scriabin'. Helena geeft een prachtig beeld van zowel de bijzonder delicate als de grillige kant van Scriabin's oeuvre. Daarnaast is een drietal preludes te horen van de jongste zoon van Alexander, Julian Scriabin, die op zeer jonge leeftijd (11 jaar) is gestorven. Deze werken zijn niet eerder op CD uitgegeven. De CD sluit af met 'Ask me now' van Thelonius Monk waarmee Helena een verrassende link laat zien tussen het idioom van de beide Scriabins en het werk van deze legendarische jazzmusicus. Het voorziet de klassieke pianomuziek van Scriabin daarmee van een nieuwe actualiteit.

 

Q15003 Digipack, CD, booklet 8p

 

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Le salon de Chausson - The Atlantic Trio

 

"De toewijding van het Atlantic Trio is hoorbaar in elke maat: met warme toon en hecht samenspel krijgen deze twee prachtige en ontroerende werken hier exemplarische uitvoeringen."

Benjamin Rous, Klassieke Zaken, November 2015

 

The Atlantic Trio:

Janneke van Prooijen - violin

Ansfried Plat - cello

Bas Verheijden - piano

 

In 1871 the Société Nationale de Musique (SNM) was founded in Paris by Vincent d'Indy, Camille Saint-Saëns, Ernest Chausson and others, to provide French composers with a stage. Auditions and concerts were set up in several venues and salons in the city. A few years later Chausson's new residence at Rue de Courcelles 22 became one of the headquarters of the SNM:

Le Salon de Chausson.

The entire Parisian elite frequented the concerts here (Debussy, Duparc, d'Indy, Cortot, Albéniz, Fauré, Ysaÿe, Mallarmé, Gide, Monet, Rodin et al.). A touching photograph was taken in 1893 showing Debussy playing his Clair de Lune with Chausson looking on.

At that time, French music was largely dominated by opera. Thanks to the stage provided by the SNM, French composers started to write chamber music again. Many gems were created in this period; the two piano trios presented here are perfect examples.

In 1880, Cécile Chaminade auditioned succesfully for the Société playing - amongst other repertoire - her first Piano Trio opus 11. On April 8th 1882, the official premiere of Chausson's Piano Trio opus 3 took place with the famous Jules Delsart (still known today for his cello transcription of César Francks Sonata for Piano and Violin) playing the cello part. On February 4th 1886, Chaminade's second Piano Trio opus 34 was premiered, again with Delsart playing the cello. He was also the dedicatee of the piece. Without a doubt both works will have been played at Le Salon de Chausson...

In spite of the remarkable similarities between these piano trios the pieces could not be more different in style.

 

Q15004 Digipack, CD, booklet 8p

 

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Schumann/Heine

 

Maarten Koningsberger about the Schumann/Heine project for baritone and string quartet

Schumann Lieder in an arrangement for baritone and string quartet? Schumann's piano accompaniments are extremely beautiful and among the best ever written. However, in 2010 the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam asked me to sing Dichterliebe at a celebration concert for Schumann's 200th birthday. It was to be a special concert and an arrangement for baritone and four string players from the Orchestra had been commissioned. This seemed a little odd at first, but I was also quite excited by the idea. The premiere turned out to be a great success. Wim ten Have is a great connoisseur of Schumann's music, and his score follows the original meticulously and with great respect.

I was told by some that they had heard 'new voices' in the accompaniment, although none were added. Another comment was that 'my ears opened in a new way' while listening to strings playing this famous piano score. I myself had had rather similar experiences during the rehearsals, probably due to the fact that now four musicians were playing the score instead of one, which inevitably stimulates musical dialogue. The singer and listener both experience new sounds, new colours, different tempi, other expressions.

The arrangement stayed on the shelf until I asked the Matangi Quartet to join me in this adventure. Since then we have performed this wonderful music at many concerts, always with great joy and enthousiasm of the audiences, which has led to this cd.

 

Q15005, CD, booklet 20 p.

 

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