Symphonies nos. 2 & 3 (2011)

Beethoven

The Netherlands Symphony Orchestra

Jan Willem de Vriend

“I heard your ballet yesterday and it pleased me very much!”1 (“Nun! gestern habe ich Ihr Ballett gehört, es hat mir sehr gefallen!”), so said Haydn to Beethoven in 1801, to which Beethoven replied: “O dear Papa, you are very kind; but it is far from being a Creation!” (“O, lieber Papa! Sie sind sehr gu?tig, aber es ist doch noch lange keine Schöpfung!”). Haydn was surprised and almost insulted by this remark, and he retorted: “That is true; it is not a Creation and I can scarcely believe that it will ever become one.” (“Das ist wahr, es ist noch keine Schöpfung, glaube auch schwerlich, daß es dieselbe je erreichen wird”)
According to William Kinderman2, this anecdote – about Beethoven’s ballet The Creation of Prometheus – is very plausible and also quite typical. It shows Beethoven’s predilection for plays on words. Haydn’s great oratorio The Creation (Die Schöpfung) had recently had its first performance, and it is telling that the two composers agreed that the ballet was “far from a Creation”. According to Kinderman, the Prometheus ballet is a creation myth in its own right, but it is actually the music of the Eroica that personifies the Promethean stature and that can be seen as the “creation”.

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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. 

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Symphonies nos. 2 & 3 (2011)

Beethoven

The Netherlands Symphony Orchestra

Cables: Siltech
Digital Converters: DCS AD/DA
Microphones: Sonodore
Producer: Bert van der Wolf
Recording Engineer: Bert van der Wolf, Fir Suidema
Recording location: Muziekcentrum Enschede
Recording Software: Pyramix
Recording Type & Bit Rate: DSD64

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Symphony no. 2 op. 36 in D - Adagio - Allegro con brio
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Symphony no. 2 op. 36 in D - Larghetto
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Symphony no. 2 op. 36 in D - Scherzo - Allegro
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Symphony no. 2 op. 36 in D - Allegro molto
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Symphony no. 3 op. 55 in Eb - Allegro con brio
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Symphony no. 3 op. 55 in Eb - Marcia funebre - Adagio assai
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Symphony no. 3 op. 55 in Eb - Allegro vivace
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Symphony no. 3 op. 55 in Eb - Finale - Allegro molto
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