Brahms, Schumann, Reinecke (2014)

Brahms, Schumann, Reinecke

Jasper de Waal

Brahms, Schumann and Reinecke

In late 1853, Johannes Brahms (1833-1897) made the acquaintance of Robert Schumann
(1810-1856) and his wife Clara. Schumann was quick to recognise the genius of the then entirely
unknown twenty-year-old composer, and devoted the October issue of the Neue Zeitschrift fu?r Musik 
to a laudatory article about him under the revealing title Neue Bahnen. Schumann hailed
Brahms as ‘an innovative musical force’ who offer ‘an astonishing glimpse of the secrets
of the world of the supernatural’. In retrospect, of course, we must put matters into perspective. For
it was Richard Wagner, rather than Brahms, who was to explore new musical paths in the second
half of the nineteenth century. Moreover, Brahms was averse to any form of spirituality – it was the
manic-depressive Schumann who had a craving for esotericism and was plagued by hallucinations: 
only a few months later, weary of life, he jumped into the Rhine and thereafter spent the  
last two years of his life in a psychiatric clinic. Whether the awakening close relationship
between Brahms and Schumann’s wife Clara played a role, remains a matter of conjecture.

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Jasper de Waal

Jasper de Waal

Jasper de Waal is not only known as the beloved principle horn of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, he is also a world class soloist, giving masterclasses and playing solo concertos and recitals around the world. He received his first instrumental lessons from his father. After winning various regional music competitions, he studied at theBrabant Conservatory with Herman Jeurissen, graduating in 1988. He continued his education at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague, with Vicente Zarzo and received hisPerformance Degree in 1990. Soon after he became principle horn of the Residentie Orchestra The Hague. From 2004 until April2012 Jasper de Waal has been principle horn of the Royal Concertgebouw OrchestraJasper de Waal has performed as a soloist with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra,Edinburgh Chamber Orchestra, The HaguePhilharmonic, Concertgebouw ChamberOrchestra, Potsdammer Philharmonie with conductors such as Jevgeni Svetlanov, Jaap van Zweden, Alexandru Lascae, George Pehlivanian. Jasper de Waal’s first CD forChannel Classics, with horn concertos byJoseph and Michael Haydn with theConcertgebouw Chamber Orchestra, was extremely well received. As a guest teacher,Jasper de Waal is affiliated with theConservatory of Amsterdam, the RoyalConservatory in The Hague and the Fontyn Academy in Tilburg. He also taught in maste rclasses at the Guildhall School of Music, theConservatory of Amsterdam and Fundácion Excelentia in Madrid.•

Candida Thompson

Candida Thompson artistic director and leader 

Candida Thompson studied with DavidTakeno at the Guildhall School of Music andDrama, where she received her soloist's graduationdiploma with honour. She developedher qualities further at the Banff Centre for theArts in Canada and played with several internationalorchestras such as Moskov ChamberOrchestra, The English String Orchestra,Wiener Symphoniker, the Netherland RadioChamber Orchestra and AmsterdamSinfonietta. Candida Thompson has been aregular guest artist at La Musica chambermusic festival in Florida. She also participatedat chamber music festivals like the KuhmoChamber Music Festival (Finland) and theGubbio Festival (Italy). In the past yearsCandida performed with artists such as BrunoGuiranna, Joseph Silverstein, Isabelle Faust,Janine Jansen. Together with cellist XeniaJankovic and pianist Paolo Giacometti sheformed the Hamlet trio. Candida Thompsonwas appointed Amsterdam Sinfonietta's artisticdirector and lead violin in the summer of2003. Under her leadership AmsterdamSinfonietta has made successful tours ofAustralia, the United States, China, Spain,Italy and Germany and has recorded a numberof highly acclaimed CD recordings.
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Brahms, Schumann, Reinecke (2014)

Brahms, Schumann, Reinecke

Jasper de Waal

    BBC Music Magazine -

Long-timeprincipal horn with Concertgebouw, JAsper de Waal leads these glowing account with a lucd ease and subtle vibrato.

    Audiophile Audition

This disc features the music of Brahms, Schumann and Reinecke. The performances are uniformly excellent, and Channel Classics reputation is all about the recorded sound, which is exemplary here. (...)

    De Telegraaf -

(…) meeslepend Hoorntrio van Brahms, hartstochtelijk ’Adagio und Allegro’ van Schumann, en spannende vertolking van het Trio opus 274 van Carl Reinecke.


(...) a truly inspired acccount of Brahms . (..) first-class performance of Reinecke and Schumann (...) the recording is perfectly balanced and real.

    International Record Review

(...) Waal and colleagues capture perfectly a level of sorrow, despair and anguish (...)

    Fonoforum -

Wunderbar flexibler, samtweicher Ton, geschmackvoll und zupackend.

Brahms, Schumann, Reinecke (2014)

Brahms, Schumann, Reinecke

Jasper de Waal

Cables: van Den Hul
Digital Converters: Grimm DSD AD
Mastering Engineer: Jared Sacks
Mastering Equipment: B&W 803 diamand series
Microphones: Bruel & Kjaer, Schoeps
Mixing Board: Rens Heijnis custom made
Producer: Hein Dekker
Recording Engineer: Jared Sacks
Recording location: Valthermond, The Netherlands
Recording Software: Pyramix
Recording Type & Bit Rate: DSD64

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