Franz Schubert: Symphonies Nos. 4 & 5 (2009)

Schubert

Netherlands Chamber Orchestra

Gordan Nikolic

Franz Schubert is not considered a heavyweight with regard to the development of symphonic music. In fact, during his own lifetime his symphonies were hardly ever performed. The crowning glory of his oeuvre – the Great C-major Symphony – even had to wait until 1839 to receive its première, over 10 years after the death of the composer. Robert Schumann, who was the one to dust off this symphony, said the following of Schubert on that occasion: “The imaginative artist, whose paintbrush was drenched as much in moonbeams as in sunbeams, and who following Beethoven’s nine muses might well have borne us a tenth”. Though this remark mirrors Schumann’s admiration for Schubert as a symphonic composer, it also places his oeuvre in Beethoven’s shadow; a rather uncomfortable position for many a composer.

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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.

Gordan Nikolic

He has conducted the Chamber Orchestra of the London Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre National d'Île-de-France, the Manchester Camerata, and the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, among others: during the 2005/2006 season, he conducted the Orchestre de Lille. Since 2004, he has been Artistic Director of the Nederlands Kamerorkest (= Netherlands Chamber Orchestra), which is based in Amsterdam. With this orchestra, he has programmed various memorable productions, such as Stravinsky's L'histoire du soldat with kinetic painter Norman Perryman, and Weill's Die sieben Todsünden with theatre company Dogtroep. Nikoli´ c has already recorded several CDs with the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra, which include works by Britten, Bartók and Hartmann, among others. In 2000, he was appointed "Prince Consort Professor" for string ensembles at the Royal College of Music. Since September 2003, he has also been a professor at the Guildhall School of Music. In the Netherlands, Nikoli´c also teaches at the Rotterdam Academy for Classical Music. Gordan Nikolic´ has a special interest in chamber music, and is regularly invited to perform at various festivals. These include the Musique à l'Empéri Festival, Edinburgh Festival, Daytona Music Festival, Chaise-Dieu Festival and the London Proms, where he has performed with such musicians as Vladimir Mendelssohn, Pieter Wispelwey, Christophe Coin, Eric Le Sage, Maria João Pires, Mikhaïl Pletnev, Emmanuel Ax, Leif Ove Andsnes and Tim Hugh. Recently, he has joined the Vellinger String Quartet. He has performed as a soloist with the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, the Orchestre Symphonique de Bâle, the Combattimento Consort Amsterdam, the Israel Chamber Orchestra and the London Symphony Orchestra. In 2001, he played the Walton Violin Concerto with the London Symphony Orchestra under André Previn. In 2003, he performed the Brahms Double Concerto with the London Symphony Orchestra under Bernard Haitink, which was recorded for the ‘LSO Live' label, as well as Paganini's Violin Concerto No. 1 in five concerts in Holland. He gave the première of James MacMillan's Violin Concerto, Deep But Dazzling Darkness, under the baton of the composer with the London Symphony Orchestra. Gordan Nikolic´ has made many recordings for various labels (including Olympia, Lyrinx and Syrius), exploring the lesser-known violin repertoire. One of his recordings, dedicated to Vivaldi, was nominated "Recording of the Month" in Holland, and his Bach recording received an award from DRS3, Switzerland's cultural radio channel. Gordan Nikolic´ plays a Lorenzo Storioni violin dating from 1794.

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Franz Schubert: Symphonies Nos. 4 & 5 (2009)

Schubert

Netherlands Chamber Orchestra

Producer: Job Maarse
Recording Engineer: Jean Marie Geijsen
Recording location: Yakult Hall, Beurs van Berlage, Amsterdam
Recording Software: Merging
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Symphony No. 4 in C minor, D. 417 Tragische - Adagio molto - Allegro vivace
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Andante
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