Serenade no. 1, Variations on a Theme by Haydn (2016)

Brahms

The Hague Philharmonic (Residentie Orkest)

Jan Willem de Vriend

In the nineteenth century, the old principality of Lippe-Detmold lay hidden away on the edge of the Teutoburg Forest, which at that time was still inaccessible to the outside world by train and where paper money had yet to be introduced. Prince Leopold III resided at the castle dating from the Renaissance. His court still showed many traces of the protocol observed in the eighteenth century, and it goes without saying that music thus played an important role there. Leopold himself loved to sing, and his sister Princess Friederike was a competent pianist.
Johannes Brahms was offered a post at the court in 1857. It was an attractive offer – he would be paid a good salary simply for being present during the last three months of the year, conducting choral concerts, performing as a soloist with the court orchestra and playing in the prince’s private chamber ensemble. He would also give piano lessons to the princess. The young Brahms would have plenty of time to compose and, not least, to take long walks in the woods. Here Brahms could relax after a particularly trying and emotional period in his life.

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Jan Willem de Vriend

Jan Willem de Vriend is the artistic director of Combattimento Consort Amsterdam and since 2006 the chief conductor and artistic director of the Netherlands Symphony Orchestra.

In addition to having served as concertmaster with various ensembles, De Vriend developed a career as a conductor with several orchestras both in The Netherlands, Switzerland, Austria, Italy Germany, Sweden, as well as China and Australia. Opera conducting has come to play a significant role. He has led Combattimento Consort Amsterdam in unknown operas by Gassmann, Rameau, Heinchen and Haydn, among others, as well as familiar operas by such composers as Monteverdi, Handel, Rossini and Mozart. For the opera houses of Lucern, Strasbourg, Barcelona and Enschede, he has conducted operas by Handel, Mozart, Verdi, Strauss and others.
He was invited by the Stanislavsky Theatre of Moscow to conduct an opera by Handel.

De Vriend was awarded the Dutch Radio 4 Prize of the year 2012. The Radio 4 Prize is awarded to a musician (or ensemble or institution) who has distinguished himself in bringing classical music to a broad public.

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Serenade no. 1, Variations on a Theme by Haydn (2016)

Brahms

The Hague Philharmonic (Residentie Orkest)

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Recording location: Schönbergzaal Royal Conservatory, The Hague, the Netherlands
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Serenade no. 1 in D major op. 11- Allegro molto
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Serenade no. 1 in D major op. 11- Scherzo- Allegro non troppo ? Trio- Poco pi? moto
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Serenade no. 1 in D major op. 11- Adagio non troppo
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Serenade no. 1 in D major op. 11- Menuetto I ? Menuetto II
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Serenade no. 1 in D major op. 11- Scherzo- Allegro-Trio
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Serenade no. 1 in D major op. 11- Rondo- Allegro
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Variations on a Theme by J. Haydn op. 56a- Theme- St Anthony Chorale. Andante
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Variations on a Theme by J. Haydn op. 56a- Variation 1- Poco pi? animato (Andante con moto)
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Variations on a Theme by J. Haydn op. 56a- Variation 2- Pi? vivace (Vivace)
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Variations on a Theme by J. Haydn op. 56a- Variation 3- Con moto
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Variations on a Theme by J. Haydn op. 56a- Variation 4- Andante con moto (Andante)
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Variations on a Theme by J. Haydn op. 56a- Variation 5- Vivace (Poco presto)
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Variations on a Theme by J. Haydn op. 56a- Variation 6- Vivace
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Variations on a Theme by J. Haydn op. 56a- Variation 7- Gracioso
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Variations on a Theme by J. Haydn op. 56a- Variation 8- Presto non troppo (Poco presto)
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Variations on a Theme by J. Haydn op. 56a- Finale. Andante
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