Cover Horizon 4 (Live)

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Album-Release:
2011

HRA-Release:
09.05.2014

Label: RCO Live

Genre: Classical

Subgenre: Orchestral

Album including Album cover Booklet (PDF)

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  • Gustav Mahler (1860-1911): Symphony No. 1 in D major, 'Titan'
  • 12. Nicht Zu Schnell12:07
  • Geert van Keulen (1943-): Fünf tragische Lieder
  • 2No. 1. Nirgends01:55
  • 3No. 2. Bitte an den Maler05:20
  • 4No. 3. Preis die Hohe04:27
  • 5No. 4. Wanderung03:14
  • 6No. 5. Spiel01:51
  • Detlev Glanert (1960-): Fluss ohne Ufer
  • 7Fluss ohne Ufer25:41
  • Willem Jeths (1959-): Scale, 'Le tombeau de Mahler'
  • 8Scale, Le tombeau de Mahler13:16
  • Joey Roukens (1982-): Out of Control
  • 9Out of Control16:12
  • Rodion Shchedrin (1932-): Oboe Concerto
  • 10Oboe Concerto21:42
  • Luciano Berio (1925-2003): SOLO
  • 11SOLO19:45
  • Matthew Hindson (1968-): Chrissietina's Magic Fantasy
  • 12Chrissietina's Magic Fantasy09:54
  • Total Runtime02:15:24

Info for Horizon 4 (Live)

This fourth release in the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra’s ‘Horizon’ Series brings together two forms of homage. CD 1 represents a tribute to Gustav Mahler, the orchestra having devoted itself to a large-scale project commemorating the composer’s 150th birthday and the 100th anniversary of his death during its 2009- 2011 seasons. In addition to a chronological series of performances of all the great symphonies – effectively constituting the third Mahler Festival held in Amsterdam following those of 1925 and 1995, the orchestra programmed a series of concerts featuring works exhibiting a strong connection to Mahler’s compositions. Four world premieres of works composed for this series have been brought together on CD 1, the fifth being the opening title on CD 2.

The three other recordings on CD 2 feature members of the orchestra playing high-profile roles as solo or ensemble players, thereby symbolising a hommage to the virtuosity and the musical intelligence and flexibility of the 120 individual musicians making up the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. Oboist Alexei Ogrintchouk and trombonist Jörgen van Rijen are heard here in the world premieres of two works written for their instruments by Rodion Shchedrin and Luciano Berio respectively. Assistant principal violinist Marijn Mijnders and Monica Naselow, a member of the second violin section, team up in an explosive performance of Hindson’s 'Chrissietina’s Magic Fantasy' for two violins, the discovery of the chamber music marathon with which the Society of Friends of the Concertgebouw and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra celebrated its 75th anniversary in 2009.

“The Horizon series is an audacious project presenting top-class live performances in consistently fine if soft-grained sonics...The second disc veers off into pieces old and new, randomly showcasing the attributes of distinguished orchestra members....A curate's egg then but one with plenty to titillate the open-minded consumer.” (International Record Review)

Detlef Roth, baritone
Alexei Ogrintchouk, oboe
Jörgen van Rijen, trombone
Marijn Mijnders, violin
Monica Naselow, violin
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Lothar Zagrosek, conductor
Markus Stenz, conductor
Ed Spanjaard, conductor
David Robertson, conductor
Susanna Mälkki, conductor


Bernarda Fink
Born in Buenos Aires, mezzo-soprano Bernarda Fink studied at the Arts Institute of the Teatro Colón. In 1985, she won Argentina’s New Lyric Voices prize and moved to Europe. Fink has sung with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the London Philharmonic, the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, the Dresden Staatskapelle and the Cleveland Orchestra under the direction of such conductors as Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, René Jacobs, Sir Neville Marriner, Riccardo Muti and Sir Simon Rattle. She has appeared in opera productions throughout Europe and at the Teatro Colón. In 2002, Fink won a Grammy Award for her solos in the St Matthew Passion recorded under Nikolaus Harnoncourt. She sang the arias from the first chorus with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in the March 2008 Passion performances with Iván Fischer. She gave a 2002 solo performance with the orchestra in Falla’s El amor brujo conducted by Mariss Jansons. Fink also sang the contralto part in Mahler’s Third Symphony in February 2010 (RCO 10004).

Ricarda Merbeth
After completing her studies at the Leipzig Conservatory, German soprano Ricarda Merbeth successively joined the opera houses of Magdeburg and Weimar. She has been a member of the ensemble of the Vienna Staatsoper since 1999, where after making her debut as Marzelline in Fidelio and performing in operas by Mozart and Wagner, she sang the title roles in Richard Strauss’s Daphne and JenYcfa von JanáYcek. In 2000 and 2001, she sang various roles in the new production of Der Ring des Nibelungen at the Bayreuth Festival, where she returned to sing Elisabeth in Tannhäuser under the direction of Christian Thielemann. She has sung that role at the Bavarian State Opera and in Tokyo. She has made appearances at the opera houses of Toulouse, Cologne, Dresden and with the Deutsche Oper in Berlin. Performing both operatic and concert repertoire, Merbeth has worked with such conductors as Myung-Whun Chung, Iván Fischer, Valery Gergiyev, Fabio Luisi, Zubin Mehta and Giuseppe Sinopoli. This performance of Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 marked her first appearance with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra.

Mariss Jansons
was appointed as the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra’s sixth chief conductor in September 2004. From 1988, he had appeared on many occasions as a guest conductor in Amsterdam. Latvian by birth and a resident of St Petersburg, Jansons won great international acclaim for his exceptional achievements as music director of the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra from 1979 to 2000. He then went on to become music director of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, which also gained widespread recognition during his tenure.  Born in Riga, Jansons moved to Leningrad at the age of thirteen, studying violin, piano and orchestral conducting at the conservatory there. He went on to study with Hans Swarowsky in Vienna and Herbert von Karajan in Salzburg in 1969, winning the International von Karajan Foundation Competition in Berlin two years later. In 1973, Jansons was appointed Mravinsky’s assistant with the St Petersburg orchestra, which Jansons’s father Arvid had also conducted. Jansons was appointed music director of the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra in Munich in September 2003, a post he combines with his work with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra.  Jansons has received various national distinctions for his achievements, including the Star of the Royal Norwegian Order of Merit, conferred on him by His Majesty King Harald V of Norway. He is also an honorary member of the Royal Academy of Music in London and the Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde in Vienna. In May 2006, the President of Latvia conferred on him the country’s highest honour, the Three-Star Order.

The Netherlands Radio Choir
is the largest professional choir in the country and is closely connected with the Dutch public broadcasting corporation. All its concerts are broadcast on Dutch Radio 4. As part of the public broadcasting series, the choir has performed numerous world and Dutch premieres of works by composers including John Adams, Mauricio Kagel and Karlheinz Stockhausen, and by Dutch composers such as Peter-Jan Wagemans and Klaas de Vries. In addition to the great choral works by composers ranging from Bach to Messiaen, the choir can frequently be heard in older works that are rarely performed. The choir is also regularly involved in concert performances of operas. In addition to the orchestras of the Dutch public broadcasting corporation, the choir performs with various orchestras and ensembles. The choir has worked with such orchestral conductors as Riccardo Chailly, Valery Gergiyev, Bernard Haitink, Mariss Jansons and Jaap van Zweden. The choir’s relationship with the Concertgebouw Orchestra goes back almost to its establishment just after the Second World War. In the last concert season, the choir participated in performances of Stravinsky’s Symphonie de psaumes under the baton of Zubin Mehta and the Dutch premiere of James MacMillan’s St John Passion under the direction of Sir Colin Davis. It will also appear in upcoming performances of Mahler’s Third and Eighth Symphonies conducted by Mariss Jansons. The Brazilian conductor Celso Antunes serves as the choir’s principal conductor.

The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
was founded in 1888 and grew into a world renowned ensemble under the leadership of conductor Willem Mengelberg. Links were also forged at the beginning of the 20th century with composers such as Mahler, Richard Strauss, Debussy, Ravel, Stravinsky, Schönberg and Hindemith, several of these conducting their own compositions with the Concertgebouw Orchestra. Eduard van Beinum took over the leadership of the orchestra from Mengelberg in 1945 and introduced the orchestra to his passion for Bruckner and the French repertoire. Bernard Haitink first shared the leadership of the Concertgebouw Orchestra with Eugen Jochum for several years and then took sole control in 1963. Haitink was named conductor laureate in 1999; he had continued the orchestra’s musical traditions and had set his own mark on the orchestra with his highly-praised performances of Mahler, Bruckner, Richard Strauss, Debussy, Ravel and Brahms. Haitink also brought about an enormous increase in the number of gramophone recordings made and foreign tours undertaken by the orchestra. Riccardo Chailly succeeded Haitink in 1988; under his leadership the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra confirmed its primary position in the music world and continued to develop, gaining under him international fame for its performances of 20th century music as well as giving memorable performances of Italian operas. Under Chailly the orchestra made many extremely successful appearances at the most important European festivals such as the Internationale Festwochen Luzern, the Salzburger Festspiele and the London Proms, as well as performing in the United States, Japan and China. Riccardo Chailly was succeeded by Mariss Jansons in September 2004. The orchestra was named the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra by Her Majesty Queen Beatrix on the occasion of the orchestra’s hundredth anniversary on 3 November 1988.

Booklet for Horizon 4 (Live)

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