Violin Concertos 1 & 2 (2009)

Paganini, Rossini

The Netherlands Symphony Orchestra, Rudolf Koelman

Jan Willem de Vriend

Opera played an important role in the life and works of Niccolò Paganini. Opera violinists and composers (Francesco Gnecco, Ferdinando Paër) were among his first teachers. At the age of 23 Paganini became leader of the opera orchestra of Bonaparte’s sister in Lucca. When he finally decided to espouse the career of a traveling virtuoso in late 1809 he used to perform in opera houses, eagerly attending their performances and commenting on them in his letters. As to Rossini, he was dernier cri, at least after the sensational success of his “Tancredi” in 1813. No stage in Italy or abroad could afford to ignore him. Paganini procured himself of a score at least of one Duet from this opera and tried to attend as many Rossini- performances as possible. In his own concert bills he accompanied singers singing Rossini’s arias and enriched them with spontaneous improvisations. He also improvised, composed, and performed purely instrumental variations on Rossini’s most popular themes. At least three of these Variations for violin and orchestra, on themes of “Mosé”, “La Cenerentola” and “Tancredi”, have come down to us. They seem to have been written down in 1818/19. But since Paganini rarely wrote down or mentioned the dates of his compositions we can never be sure. 

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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.

The Netherlands Symphony Orchestra

The Netherlands Symphony Orchestra is based in Enschede, in the province of Overijssel. Performing at an international level, as evidenced by its highly acclaimed CDs and invitations for international tours, the orchestra is firmly rooted in society. 
Jan Willem de Vriend has been its artistic director and chief conductor since 2006. Under De Vriend’s leadership, the orchestra has expanded its repertoire to cover music from four centuries. Its use of period instruments in the Classical repertoire gives the orchestra a distinctive and highly individual character. 
The Netherlands Symphony Orchestra performs amongst others in Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Utrecht, Enschede, Zwolle and Deventer. In addition, it often works with the Dutch National Touring Opera Company. In its home town Enschede, the orchestra builds on a symphonic tradition of more than 80 years, and it is known as one of the most modern and entrepreneurial orchestras in the Netherlands. Its international partners include the BBC Philharmonic and the Liszt School of Music Weimar. 
The Netherlands Symphony Orchestra created a number of ensembles, such as a chamber orchestra, the Baroque Academy of the Netherlands Symphony Orchestra (BANSO) and various chamber music ensembles. The orchestra’s commitment to expanding its social relevance is also reflected in the large number of projects in which education is a key element. 

Rudolf Koelman

 

Rudolf Koelman was born in Amsterdam in 1959.
At the age of seven he received his first violin lessons from Jan Bor. In 1972 he began an extensive study of the violin under Herman Krebbers at the Conservatory of Amsterdam. From 1978 to 1981 he was one of Jascha Heifetz’s last pupils at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.
Until 1999 he was first leader of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam. Rudolf Koelman made numerous TV-, radio- and CD recordings and perfoms worldwide as a soloist and chambermusician.
He teaches at the Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK), is frequently invited as a juror at international violin competitions and as a guest professor to many renomated universities and master courses world wide. 

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Violin Concertos 1 & 2 (2009)

Paganini, Rossini

The Netherlands Symphony Orchestra, Rudolf Koelman

Producer: Bert van der Wolf
Recording Engineer: Bert van der Wolf
Recording location: live recording Muziekcentrum Enschede
Recording Software: Merging
Recording Type & Bit Rate: DSD64

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Violin Concerto no. 1 in D major op. 6: Allegro maestoso
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Violin Concerto no. 1 in D major op. 6: Adagio
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Violin Concerto no. 1 in D major op. 6: Rondo: Allegro spirituoso
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Gioacchino Rossini: Overture Matilde di Shabran
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Violin Concerto no. 2 in b minor op. 7 ?La campanella?: Allegro maestoso
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Violin Concerto no. 2 in b minor op. 7 ?La campanella?: Adagio
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Violin Concerto no. 2 in b minor op. 7 ?La campanella?: Rondo
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