Symphony no. 2 'Lobgesang' (2012)

Mendelssohn

The Netherlands Symphony Orchestra

Jan Willem de Vriend

THE NETHERLANDS SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Jan Willem de Vriend

Judith van Wanroij soprano
Machteld Baumans soprano
Patrick Henckens tenor
Choir Consensus Vocalis
Choir conductor Klaas Stok

It is June 1840, you are in the Thomaskirche in Leipzig, the church where the famous composer Johann Sebastian Bach was once kapellmeister. You are there to attend the premiere of a piece of music on the occasion of the 400th anniversary of the invention of the printing press by Johannes Gutenberg. The successful composer Felix Mendelssohn will conduct his own music. Mild excitement takes hold of you; you feel that it is going to be a magnificent concert, with orchestra, choir, soloists. Finally, it starts. The trombones begin with a regal theme that resounds through the church. The orchestra takes over the theme. You are immediately swept up by, immersed in the music – an overwhelming experience. 
That must certainly have been the experience of the audience at this first performance of Mendelssohn’s symphony-cantata, as he liked to describe it. That the beginning of the piece is so overawing, by the nature of the theme and scoring of wind instruments, is not something you immediately expect from a composer such as Mendelssohn. He is known more for refinement, a cultivated melancholy that is fascinating, but does not threaten to make off with you. And of course, there is the virtuosity, which never stoops to affectation and always remains functional.1 As impressive as the regal trombone theme is, other passages of Lobgesang have probably moved audiences more deeply. 

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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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Symphony no. 2 'Lobgesang' (2012)

Mendelssohn

The Netherlands Symphony Orchestra

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het blijkt niet minder dan een ware prachtbijdrage, en weer het bewijs hoezeer de vaderlandse amateurkoren zich in de afgelopen kwarteeuw in positieve zin hebben ontwikkeld

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Die Stereo-Version beeindruckt schon stark, Surround überwältigt

    Gramophone

For a fresh, immediate statement that compels one's attention from start to finish, I cannot imagine anyone being disappointed by this new release which is also beautifully recorded.

    NRC Handelsblad

De Vriend weet het Nederlands Symfonieorkest te laten klinken als een bruisend barokclubje, met behoud van de diepte en betrouwbaarheid van een modern orkest.

    Music Web

Jan Willem de Vriend paces the various sections of the finale shrewdly. I particularly appreciate the energy he brings to the music ... there's no stuffiness or sentimentality.

    Irish Times

Jan Willem de Vriend tackles the symphony with hearty gusto, and the choral contributions of Consensus Vocalis are particulalrly fine.

    Fono Forum

Er entfaltet eine klangliche Aura, die dem Werk die nötige Größe verleiht.

Symphony no. 2 'Lobgesang' (2012)

Mendelssohn

The Netherlands Symphony Orchestra

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Recording location: Muziekcentrum Enschede Holland
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Lobgesang -Symphony no. 2 op. 52 - Maestoso con moto - Allegro
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Lobgesang -Symphony no. 2 op. 52 - Allegretto un poco agitato
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Lobgesang -Symphony no. 2 op. 52 - Adagio religioso
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Lobgesang -Symphony no. 2 op. 52 - Allegro moderato maestoso - Animato
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Lobgesang -Symphony no. 2 op. 52 - Allegro di molto
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Lobgesang -Symphony no. 2 op. 52 - Molto piu moderato ma con fuoco
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Lobgesang -Symphony no. 2 op. 52 - Recitativo
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Lobgesang -Symphony no. 2 op. 52 - Allegro moderato
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Lobgesang -Symphony no. 2 op. 52 - A tempo moderato
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Lobgesang -Symphony no. 2 op. 52 - Andante
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Lobgesang -Symphony no. 2 op. 52 - Allegro un poco agitato
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Lobgesang -Symphony no. 2 op. 52 - Allegro assai agitato
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Lobgesang -Symphony no. 2 op. 52 - Tempo I, moderato
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Lobgesang -Symphony no. 2 op. 52 - Die Nacht ist vergangen!
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Lobgesang -Symphony no. 2 op. 52 - Allegro maestoso e molto vivace
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Lobgesang -Symphony no. 2 op. 52 - Andante con moto
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Lobgesang -Symphony no. 2 op. 52 - Un poco piu animato
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Lobgesang -Symphony no. 2 op. 52 - Andante sostenuto assai
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Lobgesang -Symphony no. 2 op. 52 - Allegro non troppo
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Lobgesang -Symphony no. 2 op. 52 - Piu vivace
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Lobgesang -Symphony no. 2 op. 52 - Maestoso como I
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