Britten-Hartmann-Bartok (2005)

Britten, Hartmann, Bartók

Netherlands Chamber Orchestra

Gordan Nicolic

 Music from the silence before the storm

1937: an imminent holocaust was threatening Europe. In November, during his so-called ‘Fu?hrer’ conference, Adolf Hitler revealed his war plans. He was planning to use aggression in order to extend the German Empire and expand the Lebensraum’ of the German people. On the one hand, Hitler tried to create the necessary goodwill by means of treaties: thus he signed a non-aggression pact with the British prime minister Chamberlain during the Munich conference. On the other hand, these treaties turned out to be worth less than the paper on which they had been written. Hitler’s urge to expand could not be checked. Before the year 1939 came to an end, Czechoslovakia and Austria had already been annexed and Poland attacked. What could a composer do in these uncertain times? Could he make a stand in his work against aggression and violence? Could music be used to propagate political ideas? The three works on this CD were written between 1937 and 1939 in England, Germany and Hungary. The three composers were both pacifists and humanists. All three were finally forced to flee: be it literally, by leaving for the United States, or figuratively speaking, by means of self-imposed exile.

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Netherlands Chamber Orchestra

The Nederlands Kamerorkest (= Netherlands Chamber Orchestra) was founded in 1955 and gave its first concert that year during the Holland Festival. Szymon Goldberg – the legendary violinist, conductor and pedagogue – was artistic director of the ensemble for the first 22 years.Goldberg then appointed David Zinman as second conductor (alongside himself) and, jointly, they raised the level of the orchestra to equal that of any top international chamber ensemble. They were succeeded in 1979 by Antoni Ros Marbà, who led the orchestra until 1986. From 1986 to 2002, Hartmut Haenchen was chief conductor of the ensemble, with Philippe Entremont as permanent guest conductor. Since 2003, Yakov Kreizberg has been chief conductor of the Nederlands Kamerorkest. In September 2004, top violinist Gordan Nikoli´c was appointed Artistic Director and Leader of the Nederlands Kamerorkest. As such, he regularly leads the orchestra from within.

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Britten-Hartmann-Bartok (2005)

Britten, Hartmann, Bartók

Netherlands Chamber Orchestra

Producer: Job Maaarse
Recording Engineer: Jean Marie Geijsen, Erdo Groot, Jin Choi
Recording location: doopsgezinde Singelkerk, Amsterdam
Recording Software: Merging
Recording Type & Bit Rate: DSD64

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Britten- Frank Bridge Variations - Introduction and Theme - Lento maestoso - Allegretto poco lento
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Britten- Frank Bridge Variations - Adagio
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Britten- Frank Bridge Variations - March - Presto alla marcia
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Britten- Frank Bridge Variations - Romance - Allegretto grazioso
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Britten- Frank Bridge Variations - Aria Italiana - Allegro brillante
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Britten- Frank Bridge Variations - Bourr?e Classique - Allegro e pesante
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Britten- Frank Bridge Variations - Wiener Walzer - Lento - Vivace
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Britten- Frank Bridge Variations - Moto Perpetuo - Allegro molto
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Britten- Frank Bridge Variations - Funeral March - Andante ritmico
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Britten- Frank Bridge Variations - Chant - Lento
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Britten- Frank Bridge Variations - Fugue and Finale - Allegro molto vivace - Molto animato - Lento e
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Hartmann- Concerto funebre - Introduction (Largo)
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Hartmann- Concerto funebre - Adagio
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Hartmann- Concerto funebre - Allegro di molto
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Hartmann- Concerto funebre - Choral (Langsamer Marsch)
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Bartok- Divertimento - Allegro non troppo
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Bartok- Divertimento - Molto adagio
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Bartok- Divertimento - Allegro assai
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