Belle Époque (2019)

Widor, Brahms, Pierne, Trojahn, Debussy

Annelien van Wauwe

Alexandre Bloch

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The program is built around treasures of French turn-of-the-century music such as Debussy’s Première Rhapsodie, Pierné’s Canzonetta and Widor’s Introduction et Rondo (the latter two in arrangements by Jelle Tassyns). Belle époque also offers works that display a spiritual kinship to the age, such as Brahms’s first clarinet sonata, arranged by Luciano Berio, and a world-premiere recording of Paris-based contemporary composer Manfred Trojahn (Rhapsodie pour clarinette et orchestre).

Annelien van Wauwe is a former BBC New Generation Artist and winner of the ARD International Music Competition 2012 and the renowned Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award 2018. She kickstarts an exclusive collaboration with Pentatone with this first solo album.

The Orchestre National de Lille and Alexandre Bloch release their second Pentatone album, after their 2018 recording of Bizet’s Les Pêcheurs de perles, crowned with a Diapason d’or.

Quote from Annelien Van Wauwe

"Feeling enthusiastic about now being a member of the Pentatone artist’s family would be an understatement. Recording albums for a label that mirrors all aspects of my artistic personality is like having found a second voice to express the music that I care for so deeply. Both Pentatone and myself aim for outstanding quality and honest interpretations to experience the intensive emotions of music. I feel thrilled that I will be sharing these with our listeners soon. Working with Renaud Loranger and his highly qualified and charismatic team has been and will be a most inspiring experience. I am looking forward to the release of the first solo album ‘belle époque’ and future cooperations."

Quote from Renaud Loranger, Vice President Artists and Repertoire, Pentatone

“I have been following Annelien’s career with growing interest over the last couple of years, and I am thrilled that she is joining the label. She has that exceptional combination of artistry, musicianship and virtuosity, fuelled by a relentlessly curious mind and voracious appetite for repertoire and the realm of possibilities the instrument offers. We look forward to extraordinary developments.”

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Annelien van Wauwe

The Belgian clarinettist Annelien Van Wauwe, former BBC New Generation Artist and winner of the renowned Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award 2018, is known for her expressive, intensive, lyrical and honest performances. She is considered to be one of the most fascinating and original clarinettists of her generation. The Dutch record company Pentatone signed a long-term partnership with Annelien in 2018. Her remarkable debut album "belle époque" with the Orchestre National de Lille under Alexandre Bloch was released in 2019. Annelien Van Wauwe has won numerous international competitions. Her joint first prize award at the 61st International Music Competition of the ARD in Munich in 2012 was a decisive step towards international recognition. Since then, Annelien has performed with many leading orchestras including the Symphony Orchestra of the Bayerische Rundfunk, the Deutsches Symphonieorchester, the SWR Radio Symphonie Orchester Stuttgart, the Münchner Kammerorchester, Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, Brussels Philharmonic, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and the numerous symphonic orchestras of the BBC. She made her BBC Prom’s debut in the summer of 2017 at the Royal Albert Hall and the Cadogan Hall and in 2018 performed Mozart’s clarinet concerto at a televised BBC Prom with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra under Thomas Dausgaerd. Regular appearances at prestigious halls in Europe include: the Tonhalle Zurich, Bozar Brussels, Philharmonie Berlin, Konzerthaus Berlin, Konzerthaus Vienna, Wigmore Hall and Concertgebouw Amsterdam, as well as. international festivals such as the Lucerne Festival, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festspiele, Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, Kissinger Sommer and Radio France Festival in Montpellier. As an inspired chamber musician, Annelien co-founded the Brussels chamber music ensemble  CAROUSEL in 2018 with the aim of performing existing and new chamber music of the highest level. Together with pianist Lucas Blondeel, she recorded the sonatas by Weinberg and Prokofiev for the Genuin label. This album was highly appreciated by the press and Annelien won the Klara Award from the Flemish Radio in 2015. Her passion for music, and the clarinet in particular has inspired a number of composers to write for her. For example, Manfred Trojahn dedicated his "Sonata V" to Annelien in 2017. Her intensive practice of yoga and its positive influence on her clarinet playing prompted Annelien to commission SUTRA, a clarinet concerto based on breath and meditation, written by Wim Henderickx and co-commissioned by the Borletti-Buitoni Trust.  Annelien Van Wauwe originally studied with the renowned soloist Sabine Meyer in Lübeck. They have a deep musical bond and can be found on stage together on a regular basis. Among her teachers are international performers, including Yehuda Gilad in Los Angeles, Pascal Moragues in Paris, Alessandro Carbonare in Rome and Wenzel Fuchs and Ralf Forster in Berlin. Annelien has a strong affinity for early music and studied historical clarinet with Eric Hoeprich and Ernst Schlader. She is an avid pedagogue, regularly gives masterclasses and is principal teacher at the Royal Conservatory in Antwerp.

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Belle Époque (2019)

Widor, Brahms, Pierne, Trojahn, Debussy

Annelien van Wauwe

    The Telegraph

"(Debussy's Première Rhapsodie) makes a seductive start, with Wauwe's first note burgeoning from silence while the orchestra shimmers around her, and she is equally responsive to the music's sudden feline leaps into a wholly different mood.

Ivan Hewett

    Classic FM

Clarinetist Annelien Van Wauwe explores turn-of-the-century French and European repertoire on this recording, which is her debut. As well as Debussy’s Rhapsody for clarinet and orchestra, and the rare treat of a Rhapsody from German composer Manfred Trojahn, the disc includes arrangements of Widor’s Introduction and Rondo, Op. 72 and Pierné’s Canzonetta. The centerpiece is Brahms’ Clarinet Sonata No. 1 in which Van Wauwe is joined by the Lille National Orchestra, conducted by Alexandre Bloch. “The Belle époque or “beautiful era” was a period at the end of the 19th century symbolized by gold. It was a time characterized by optimism, happiness, peace and social tranquility,” Van Wauwe explains. “Art and music were inspired very much by nature, so you can see many flowing lines and curves in music, as well as in art [of the time].”

John Brunning[read full review]

Belle Époque (2019)

Widor, Brahms, Pierne, Trojahn, Debussy

Annelien van Wauwe

Clarinet: Annelien Van Wauwe plays a ‘Vintage’ clarinet by Buffet Crampon Paris
Financial Support: The Orchestre National de Lille is subsidised by Région Hauts-de-France, Ministère de la Culture, Métropole Européenne de Lille and Ville de Lille.
Producer: Erdo Groot
Recording Engineer: François Gabert
Recording Location: Auditorium of Le Nouveau Siècle, in Lille, December 2018
Recording Type & Bit Rate: DSD 64

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Claude Debussy: Premiere Rhapsodie
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Gabriel Pierne: Canzonetta
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