Knudåge Riisager: Violin Concerto - Etudes Ian van Rensburg, Aarhus Symphony Orchestra & Andreas Delfs
- Knudåge Riisager (1897 - 1974): Violin Concerto in A Minor, Op. 54:
- 1Violin Concerto in A Minor, Op. 54: I. Tranquillo11:47
- 2Violin Concerto in A Minor, Op. 54: II. Vivo10:57
- 3Etudes: No. 1, Overture (Exercices à la barre)01:55
- 4Etudes: No. 2, Tendus - Grands battements - Fondus - Frappes02:22
- 5Etudes: No. 3, Ronds de jambe02:00
- 6Etudes: No. 4, Silhouettes - Au milieu01:19
- 7Etudes: No. 5, Adagio04:47
- 8Etudes: No. 6, Port de bras et pas de badin03:03
- 9Etudes: No. 7, Mirror Dance01:26
- 10Etudes: No. 8, Ensemble01:31
- 11Etudes: No. 9, Pas de deux romantique02:30
- 12Etudes: No. 10, Sortie01:00
- 13Etudes: No. 11, Conclusion00:56
- 14Etudes: No. 12, Pirouettes01:48
- 15Etudes: No. 13, Relevés01:33
- 16Etudes: No. 14, Piques et grands pirouettes01:57
- 17Etudes: No. 15, Sola prima ballerina01:04
- 18Etudes: No. 16, Coda00:33
- 19Etudes: No. 17, Small Leaps04:17
- 20Etudes: No. 18, Mazurka02:36
- 21Etudes: No. 19, Tarantel01:43
- 22Etudes: No. 20, Broad Leaps03:26
Info for Knudåge Riisager: Violin Concerto - Etudes
Knudåge Riisager's highly personal contribution to the concerto genre, the Violin Concerto, is now released in a recording by Aarhus Symphony Orchestra: Knudåge Riisager (1897-1974) holds a special place in Danish music, enriching it with an extra dimension of spirituality and pithiness. Aarhus Symphony Orchestra and conductor Andreas Delfs here present two key works in Riisager’s catalogue, one of which clearly represented a turning point in his output, namely his orchestral reworking of a selection of Carl Czerny’s piano etudes for his and Harald Lander’s ballet Etudes. The other heralded a stylistic change and ranks as a highly personal contribution to the concerto genre – Riisager’s Violin Concerto is played here by Danish violinist Ian van Rensburg. Van Rensburg has been first concert master of the Aarhus Symphony Orchestra since 1993. He also enjoys a versatile international career as an active soloist, chamber musician, and teacher.
"With the Violin Concerto Riisager made a highly personal contribution to the concerto genre. From the outset, its disposition broke with ‘common practice’, since it falls into two movements: a contemplative first movement and an action-packed second movement. In the former, the violin more or less stands outside the orchestra, with which it attempts to make contact. Only in brief passages can one can speak of a truly realized interplay. The contrast between soloist and orchestra comes to expression among other ways in brusque comments on the playing of the violin from the brasses.
The second movement has two subjects, one highly capricious and one more singable. It has features from the sonata movement form, but – typically for Riisager – in a relatively free version. An important aspect of the Violin Concerto is the exquisite orchestral treatment. Here Riisager uses instruments with great contrasting effects, for example, the celesta with its bright bell-like tone and the bass clarinet with its low ‘raw’ tones." (Claus Røllum-Larsen )
Ian van Rensburg, violin
Aarhus Symphony Orchestra
Andreas Delfs, conductor
Ian van Rensburg
South-African born violinist Ian van Rensburg has been first concert master of the Aarhus Symphony Orchestra, Denmark, since 1993. He was previously first concert master with the Giessen Stadttheater (Germany), Adelaide Symphony (Australia), ORF-Radio (Vienna), Südwestdeutshes (Konstanz), Südwestfãlisches (Hilchenbach), Metropolitana (Lisbon), as well as the Aarhus Sinfonietta and Aarhus Bach Orchestra.
He studied at the Juilliard School of Music, New York with Dorothy DeLay and Naoko Tanaka and later with Prof. Gerhard Schulz in Vienna. In 1984 he won 1st prize in the Cape Town Symphony’s 70th anniversary Violin Competition.
Alongside his career as concert master he is an active soloist, chamber musician and teacher.
enjoys great success in both the operatic and symphonic fields regularly collaborating with leading opera houses and orchestras throughout the world. He currently holds the position of Conductor Laureate of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra where, during twelve seasons as Music Director, he was instrumental in the orchestra's rise to national prominence through acclaimed recording projects, commissions of new works, world premieres and innovative music education programmes.
Andreas Delfs has held chief artistic posts with several distinguished institutions both in North America and Europe. He led the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra as Music Director (2001-2004) and artistic consultant (2004 -2006). In Europe, Mr. Delfs served as General Music Director of Hannover, Germany (1995-2000), conducting the symphony orchestra and opera company. Prior to his time in Hannover, Andreas Delfs was Music Director of the Bern Opera, resident conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony (during the tenure of Lorin Maazel) and Music Director, at an early age, of the celebrated Orchestre Suisse des Jeunes.
Andreas Delfs keeps an active guest conducting schedule. Highlights during the current and 10/11 season include appearances with the Tonkünster-Orchester Vienna, Calgary Philharmonic, Copenhagen Philharmonic, National Symphony Orchestra Washington and Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra. He will conduct the Britten Sinfonia in a performance of Elijah at London's Barbican Hall. He also conducted two new operatic productions, namely Turandot at Opera Lyra Ottawa and Carmen at Opera North.
A distinguishing point in Andreas Delfs' career is his continuing commitment to contemporary music. He has established a deep connection with living composers and counts among his profound musical inspirations musicians such as John Corigliano, Philip Glass, Roberto Sierra and Hans Werner Henze. Similarly, Andreas Delfs is in high demand as an esteemed collaborative conductor and is the frequent partner to many of the world's most renowned solo artists, including Emanuel Ax, Joshua Bell, Yo Yo Ma and Renée Fleming.
Andreas Delfs continues to make recordings, most recently Robert Sierra's Missa Latina with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra on the Naxos label and Beethoven Piano Concertos with the London Symphony Orchestra and pianist John O'Conor on the Telarc label. Other recording projects have included a collection of sacred songs with Renée Fleming and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra for Decca, a production of Humperdinck's Hansel and Gretel with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra for Avie, as well as a recording of Mozart's Requiem, with the St. Olaf Choir and Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra.
As a well-established conductor, Andreas Delfs has led numerous distinguished ensembles over the years. He has conducted orchestras such as the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Tonhalle Orchestra of Zurich, Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Netherlands Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Sydney Symphony and the Taipei Symphony Orchestra.
Among Andreas Delfs' most notable operatic achievements has been his highly praised debut with the New York City Opera conducting performances of Carmen and a production of the uncut version of Hans Werner Henze's monumental König Hirsch for the Württemberg State Theatre in Stuttgart. He led four productions at the Aspen Music Festival and gave the Swiss premiere of György Ligeti's Le Grand Macabre, which received special praise from the composer.
Born in Flensburg, Germany, Andreas Delfs began studying piano and music theory at age 5. He studied with Christoph von Dohnányi and Aldo Ceccato at the Hamburg Conservatory. At 20 Andreas Delfs became the youngest ever Music Director of the Hamburg University Orchestra and Musical Assistant at the Hamburg State Opera. Enrolling at The Juilliard School, Andreas Delfs studied with Jorge Mester and Sixten Ehrling and won the Bruno Walter Memorial Scholarship. He lives with his wife Amy and their four children in Ithaca, New York, and also keeps a base in Germany.