Chant d'Automne (2016)

Hartmann, Grunelius, Hindemith, Fischer

Wim Van Hasselt

Lucas Macias Navarro

The title of this album, featuring two world premieres (Grunelius and Fischer), is taken from the composition by the German pianist and composer Wilhelm von Grunelius. The inspiration for his work for flugelhorn, timpani and strings came from the poem ‘Chant d’automne’ by the French poet and art critic Charles Pierre Baudelaire (1821-1867). The use of texts is a recurring theme in this colourful programme of music for the trumpet in a variety of combinations. At the end of the final movement of his Sonata for trumpet and piano, ‘Trauermusik’, Paul Hindemith incorporates Bach’s chorale ‘Alle Menschen mussen sterben’ (BWV 634). In his Eine Deutsch-Jiddische Kantate, Iván Fischer employs texts by Avrom Sutzkever, Rainer Maria Rilke, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe and others. The recording is also of particular value in view of the fact that the two world premieres of music by Grunelius and Fischer are performed by the Budapest Festival Orchestra under Iván Fischer himself, while he also conducts his own Eine Deutsch-Jiddische Kantate, with his daughter Nora Fischer as soprano soloist.

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Wim Van Hasselt

Wim Van Hasselt is a member of the trumpet section of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam. He is professor of trumpet at the University of Music Freiburg and regulary gives recitals and masterclasses at home and abroad (Europe, N-America and Japan). He’s also an active chamber musician in different ensembles and has appeared at the festivals of Lucerne, Bad Kissingen and Schleswig Holstein among many others.

Wim Van Hasselt was born in Turnhout, Belgium. He studied at the Hochschule für Musik in Karlsruhe (Germany) with Prof. Reinhold Friedrich and Prof. Dr. Edward H. Tarr (baroque trumpet). He also attended lessons and masterclasses given by Ole Edvard Antonsen, Prof. Klaus Schuhwerk, Markus Stockhausen and Philip Smith.

After taking part in the orchestra academies of the Deutsche Oper Berlin and the State Opera Stuttgart he had a trumpet position with the Radio Symphony Orchestra Berlin, from 2005 to 2009. In addition to the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra he has played with the Berlin Philharmonic and the Lucerne Festival Orchestra.

His first solo CD “On the Road” was released on the Channel Classics label, showing his versatility and feeling for style in an impressive manner. It includes a couple of works that have been composed especially for this CD. The project was awarded the “Prix de Salon” 2010 of the Foundation Donateurs Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra.

Budapest Festival Orchestra

Ivan Fischer is founder and Music Director of the Budapest Festival Orchestra. The partnership between Iván Fischer and his Budapest Festival Orchestra has proved to be one of the greatest success stories in the past three decades of classical music. Intense international touring and a series of acclaimed recordings for Philips Classics, later for Channel Classics have contributed to Iván Fischer's reputation as one of the world's most visionary and successful orchestra leaders.

He has developed and introduced new types of concerts, "Cocoa-Concerts” for young children, "Midnight Music” concerts for students, "Surprise” concerts where the programme is not announced, "One Forint Concerts” where he talks to the audience, open-air concerts in Budapest attracting tens of thousands of people. He has founded several festivals, including a summer festival in Budapest on baroque music and the Budapest Mahlerfest which is also a forum for commissioning and presenting new compositions.

As a guest conductor Fischer works with the finest symphony orchestras of the world. He has been invited to the Berlin Philharmonic more than ten times, he leads every year two weeks of programs with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, and appears with leading US symphony orchestras, including the New York Philharmonic and the Cleveland Orchestra.

Earlier music director of Kent Opera and Lyon Opera, Principal Conductor of National Symphony Orchestra in Washington DC, his numerous recordings have won several prestigious international prizes.

Ivan Fischer studied piano, violin, cello and composition in Budapest, continuing his education in Vienna in Professor Hans Swarowsky’s conducting class. Recently he has been also active as a composer: his works have been performed in the US, Holland, Hungary, Germany and Austria, and he staged successful opera performances.

Mr. Fischer is a founder of the Hungarian Mahler Society, and Patron of the British Kodály Academy. He received the Golden Medal Award from the President of the Republic of Hungary, and the Crystal Award from the World Economic Forum for his services to help international cultural relations. The French Government named him Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres. In 2006 he was honored with the Kossuth Prize, Hungary’s most prestigious arts award. He is honorary citizen of Budapest. In 2011 he received the Royal Philharmonic Award and the Dutch Ovatie prize. In 2013 he was awarded Honorary Membership of the Royal Academy of Music in London.

As of August 2011 Ivan Fischer is music director of the Konzerthaus Berlin and principal conductor of the Konzerthausorchester Berlin.

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Chant d'Automne (2016)

Hartmann, Grunelius, Hindemith, Fischer

Wim Van Hasselt


(…) Van Hasselt is an exceptionally fine player with all the equipment in his armoury to delight, surprise and challenge the listener at every turn. (…)Van Hasselt’s latest project is testament to the brave, rich and resonant style of exceptional continental trumpet playing which, on this evidence, can be both epic and poetic.

(…) Wilhelm von Grunelius‘ 'Chant d‘automne' für Flügelhorn, Pauken und Streicher (2016) ist ein stimmungsstarkes Konzertwerk, in dem Van Hasselt die ganze Farbvielfalt seines Instruments einbringt, perfekt unterstützt durch das Budapest Festival Orchestra. (…)

    Klassieke Zaken

(...) Van Hasselt laat zijn bügel gloedvol somberen in breed welvende lamentaties (...)

    Music Frames (NL)

‘Chant d’Automne‘ bevat uitgelezen repertoire waarin we trompettist Wim van Hasselt als een veelzijdig trompettist horen die zich moeiteloos aanpast aan de composities die hij speelt. In ‘Chant d’Automne‘ (van Wilhlem von Grunelius 1942) markeert Van Hasselt de trompet als een charismatisch instrument dat fier boven het orkest uitstijgt. Terwijl we in ‘Eine Deutsch -Jiddische Kantate‘ van Iván Fisher (1951) de transparante veelzijdigheid van de trompet kunnen ontdekken.

    Music Frames (ENG.)

The album’Chant d’Automne’ contains exquisite repertoire in which we hear trumpet player Wim van Hasselt as a a versatile musician who effortlessly changes his way of playing to several compositions. n the title piece and world premiere ‘Chant d’Automne’ (by Wilhlem von Grunelius 1942) Van Hasselt shows the trumpet to be a charismatic musical instrument that proudly rises above the orchestra. In the brilliant work (and also a world premiere) ‘Eine Deutsch-Yiddish Kantate‘ by Ivan Fisher (1951) you can discover the versatility of the trumpet.

This mixed program is ambitious and rewarding thanks to the committed performances by the excellent trumpeter Wim Van Hasselt. We particularly liked to discover the short yet appealing composition Deutsch-Jiddische Kantate by Ivan Fischer.

    Luister 10 -

Wim Van Hasselt is een trompettist die zijn spel en toon feilloos aanpast aan wat de muziek behoeft. (...) een cd die je steeds opnieuw wilt horen.

Chant d'Automne (2016)

Hartmann, Grunelius, Hindemith, Fischer

Wim Van Hasselt

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Digital Converters: Grimm
Editing Software: Pyramix
Mastering Engineer: Jared Sacks
Mastering Room: Grimm LS1
Microphones: Bruel & Kyaer, Schoeps
Mixing Board: Rens Heijnis custom made
Producer: Jared Sacks, Hein Dekker (Eine Deutsche Jiddische Kantate)
Recording Engineer: Jared Sacks, Hein Dekker
Recording location: Hilversum, Budapest
Recording Software: Merging
Recording Type & Bit Rate: DSD64

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