The Notes Are Swallows (2020)

Bernhard van den Sigtenhorst Meyer, Alexander Voormolen

Pauline Oostenrijk

The Notes Are Swallows is a surprising and touching collection of forgotten landscape miniatures in Dutch music and poetry. With this project, a long cherished wish comes true for Pauline Oostenrijk: to combine her love for the oboe, the piano, Dutch music, Dutch literature, and Dutch landscape.

This album brings the complete oeuvre for oboe solo by Dutch composer Bernhard van den Sigtenhorst Meyer (1888-1953) out of the shadows. These atmospheric, colourful and meditative compositions were mostly written for Jaap Stotijn and his son Haakon Stotijn, both icons of the legendary Dutch Oboe School.

Pauline Oostenrijk, who is considered to be the last Dutch oboe soloist cherishing this tradition of a songful, expressive and clear-voiced oboe sound, is the designated person to record this repertoire. 

Being a pianist as well as an oboist, Pauline is delighted to be able to alternate these oboe pieces with some completely unknown early piano works of the same composer: musical portraits of flowers and birds that perfectly match the rustic atmosphere of the oboe pieces. 

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Pauline Oostenrijk

 

In 1999 Pauline Oostenrijk received the Music Prize of The Netherlands, the highest State Award for classical music. Before that, she had already won numerous prizes on national and international competitions, such as the Dutch representation in the Eurovision Young Musician of the Year Contest (1986), the first prize in the Tromp oboe competition (1988), the Decoration of the Friends of the Concertgebouw (1989), the Philip Morris Art Prize (1993), a second prize in the International Music Competition in Rome (with harpist Manja Smits), and the first prize in the Fernand Gillet oboe competition in Baltimore (1991), resulting in a recital in Carnegie Hall. 

She studied at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam with Koen van Slogteren and Jan Spronk, and continued her studies with, among others, Thomas Indermühle and Han de Vries. At the same time she completed her piano studies with Willem Brons. Since 1993, Pauline is solo oboist of the Residentie Orchestra in The Hague. Her activities as a soloist and chamber musician were recorded on a number of highly acclaimed cd’s. She plays recitals with pianist Ivo Janssen, and performs regularly with her sister, soprano Nienke Oostenrijk, in the Ensemble Oostenrijk-Jansen (with cembalo-player David Jansen and cellist Maarten Jansen). She is a member of the Orlando Wind Quintet and the ensemble Nieuw Amsterdams Peil. 

As a soloist she performed with orchestras like the Residentie Orkest, Radio Filharmonisch Orkest, Radio Kamer Orkest, Amsterdam Sinfonietta, Brabants Orkest, Orkest van het Oosten (The Netherlands Symphonie Orchestra), WDR Sinfonieorchester Cologne, Orchestre d’Auvergne, Salzburger Kammerorchester and Sonora Hungarica. 

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The Notes Are Swallows (2020)

Bernhard van den Sigtenhorst Meyer, Alexander Voormolen

Pauline Oostenrijk

    De Gelderlander, mei 2020 -

In this release of Cobra Records, twentieth-century Dutch oboe and piano music and poetry come together in an intriguing way. All this collected and housed in a stylish packaging, dominated by Dutch skies ... Coincidentally, this relaxed CD - recorded last summer in Schiedam - appears precisely in this disturbing corona crisis. But very welcome. The listener can dream away on the intense, pure, beautifully colored oboe tones of Pauline Oostenrijk. The same applies to her part on the piano. You automatically enter pastoral atmospheres ... The closing Pastorale by Voormolen is the longest piece on this CD with almost six minutes. Pauline Austria turns it into a lazy, cozy summer afternoon on oboe and piano. Complete with a touch of melancholy. Magnificently. ========== In deze release van Cobra Records komen twintigste-eeuwse Nederlandse hobo- en pianomuziek en poëzie op intrigerende wijze bij elkaar. Dat alles verzameld en ondergebracht in een stijlvolle, door Hollandse luchten gedomineerde verpakking...Toevallig dat deze relaxte cd - vorige zomer in Schiedam opgenomen - juist in deze verontrustende coronacrisis verschijnt. Maar wel heel welkom. Op de intense, pure, fraai gekleurde hobotonen van Pauline Oostenrijk kan de luisteraar heerlijk wegdromen. Voor haar aandeel op de piano geldt hetzelfde. Je komt vanzelf in pastorale sferen...Die afsluitende Pastorale van Voormolen is met bijna zes minuten het langste stuk op deze cd. Pauline Oostenrijk maakt er op hobo én piano een lome, knusse zomerse middag van. Compleet met een vleugje melancholiek. Magnifiek.

Maarten-Jan Dongelmans[read full review]

    Opus Klassiek, mei 2020

For Pauline, she says that this album fulfilled a long-cherished wish: combining her love for the oboe and the piano, Dutch music, Dutch literature and Dutch landscape. And it has to be said: every note she plays testifies to her great musical involvement in this particular not everyday project. Moreover, this is yet another textbook example of how different art forms can come together in a perfect way and how inspiring this can turn out. Pauline's performance is also perfect, but no less important is the expressive power of her utterly enchanting speech and the way in which she changes these precious, especially lyrical miniatures (most of which have never been recorded before) in ever-changing instrumental colors! awakens life. The last piece, Pastorale of Voormolen, is written for oboe and piano, but thanks to Pauline and producer Tom Peeters you would think that two different musicians are speaking here! ======== Voor Pauline ging met dit album naar eigen zeggen een lang gekoesterde wens in vervulling: het combineren van haar liefde voor de hobo en de piano, Nederlandse muziek, Nederlandse literatuur en Nederlands landschap. En gezegd moet worden: iedere noot die zij speelt getuigt van haar grote muzikale betrokkenheid bij dit bepaald niet alledaagse project. Dit is bovendien weer eens een schoolvoorbeeld van hoe verschillende kunstvormen op volmaakte wijze bij elkaar kunnen komen en hoe inspirerend dat kan uitpakken. Volmaakt ook is het spel van Pauline, maar niet minder belangrijk is de expressieve kracht van haar ronduit betoverende betoog en de wijze waarop zij in steeds weer wisselende instrumentale kleuren deze kostelijke, vooral lyrische miniaturen (waarvan het merendeel nog niet eerder werd opgenomen!) tot leven wekt. Het laatste stuk, de Pastorale van Voormolen, is geschreven voor hobo en piano, maar dankzij Pauline en producer Tom Peeters zou je denken dat hier twee verschillende musici aan het ‘woord' zijn!

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The Notes Are Swallows (2020)

Bernhard van den Sigtenhorst Meyer, Alexander Voormolen

Pauline Oostenrijk

Cables: Acoustic Revive
Digital Converters: HAPI, Merging
Editing Software: Pyramix Merging
Financial Support: Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds and with private donations via voordekunst.nl
Mastering Engineer: Tom Peeters
Microphones: Brüel & Kjaer 4003, Neumann modified by Rens Heijnis
Producer: Tom Peeters
Recording Engineer: Tom Peeters
Recording location: Westvest90-church, Schiedam, The Netherlands,
Recording Software: Pyramix, Merging
Recording Type & Bit Rate: DSD256

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Rustic Miniatures I, Moderato
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Roses
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Rustic Miniatures I, Andante
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A group of chickadees in the woods
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Rustic Miniatures I, Allegretto pastorale
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Wisteria in the monestary garden
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Rustic Miniatures II, Andante con moto
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The water lily
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Rustic Miniatures II, Allegretto giocoso
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The tiny fish
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Rustic Miniatures II, Adagio
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Night birds
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Rustic Miniatures III, Allegro
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The Swan
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Rustic Miniatures III, Allegretto grazioso
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To the ugly duckling
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Rustic Miniatures III, Lento
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The first swallo
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Sonatina op. 34, Moderato
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Cornfield in the sun
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Sonatina op. 34, Tranquillo
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The enchanted wood
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Sonatine op. 34, Ritornello. Allegro
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The wind and the mills
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Pastorale
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