Cello Concertos and Symphony (2006)

Haydn

Combattimento Consort Amsterdam

Jan Willem de Vriend

‘I find Haydn’s music to be more earthly than Mozart’s — it’s more surprising as well. As a solo cellist I’m of course very grateful to Haydn for composing his two fine cello concertos, and although the D major concerto is more lyrical than the C major concerto that was composed twenty years earlier, I love both works equally. They both demand a virtuoso style of playing, but the D major concerto has more depth. I first played the C major concerto when I was ten years old, the D major concerto somewhat later. At that time my playing was very much based upon my own intuition, but it was thanks to my father, the cellist Yke Viersen, that I was made to study scores as closely as possible from a very young age and to know how important it was to realise the composer’s intentions as embodied in the score as closely as possible.

 

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Jan Willem de Vriend

Jan Willem de Vriend is the artistic director of Combattimento Consort Amsterdam and since 2006 the chief conductor and artistic director of the Netherlands Symphony Orchestra.

In addition to having served as concertmaster with various ensembles, De Vriend developed a career as a conductor with several orchestras both in The Netherlands, Switzerland, Austria, Italy Germany, Sweden, as well as China and Australia. Opera conducting has come to play a significant role. He has led Combattimento Consort Amsterdam in unknown operas by Gassmann, Rameau, Heinchen and Haydn, among others, as well as familiar operas by such composers as Monteverdi, Handel, Rossini and Mozart. For the opera houses of Lucern, Strasbourg, Barcelona and Enschede, he has conducted operas by Handel, Mozart, Verdi, Strauss and others.
He was invited by the Stanislavsky Theatre of Moscow to conduct an opera by Handel.

De Vriend was awarded the Dutch Radio 4 Prize of the year 2012. The Radio 4 Prize is awarded to a musician (or ensemble or institution) who has distinguished himself in bringing classical music to a broad public.

Combattimento Consort Amsterdam

Founded in 1982 by violinist Jan Willem de Vriend, the Combattimento Consort Amsterdam developed into a close-knit ensemble specialising in music from 1600-1800. The musicians' wish not to focus solely on the standard repertoire resulted in many interesting programmes featuring remarkable and little-known works, some of which were only available in manuscript. The performance of these compositions in conjunction with more familiar works proved to be refreshing and inspiring to listeners and performers alike.

Over the years the ensemble gave many memorable concerts and operatic performances including Handel’s Rodelinda, Alcina, also by Handel, and Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo, in collaboration with De Nationale Reisopera.
In September 2002 the ensemble made its debut at the Early Music Holland Festival in Utrecht, giving two performances of Rameau's opera Platée in a co-production with Onafhankelijk Toneel and the Nationale Reisopera.

In addition to numerous concerts in the Netherlands, the Combattimento Consort also appeared in various European countries and in venues outside of Europe. Successful tours in the United States, Japan and South America have always been attracting attention in national and international media.
Concerts often had solo performances by members of the ensemble, but the Combattimento Consort also worked with great performers such as Barbara Bonney, Andreas Scholl and Anthony Rolfe Johnson, Thomas Zehetmair and Sabine Meyer as well as joining forces with Collegium Vocale Gent and other groups.

Quirine Viersen

The Dutch cellist Quirine Viersen, born in 1972, is one of the foremost musical personalities of the younger generation on the international music scene today. Her intense, powerful and virtuoso playing has thoroughly convinced her colleagues, the press and the public of her great musical talent and strength.

Quirine Viersen is often among the winners in international competitions, including the 1990 Rostropovich Competition in Paris and the 1991 International Cello Competition in Helsinki. In 1994, Quirine became the first Dutch musician to win a prize at the prestigious Tchaikovsky Competition. The biggest award that Quirine Viersen has won thus far was the 2000 Young Artist Award, awarded by the Credit Suisse Group. This award came complete with a concert appearance with the Wiener Philharmoniker under conductor Zubin Mehta during the 2000 Luzerner Festival.

She was given her first cello lessons by her father Yke Viersen, a cellist with the Koninklijk Concertgebouworkest. At the conservatory in Amsterdam, she started with Jean Decroos and later Dmitri Ferschtman as her teachers. She finished her studies in 1997 as a pupil of Heinrich Schiff at the Mozarteum in Salzburg. Varied concerts with the biggest Dutch orchestras as well as with major international orchestras laid the foundations for the development of her musical personality and career, turning Quirine Viersen into a soloist in great demand.

Some of the most important orchestras and conductors she has worked with include the Koninklijk Concertgebouworkest with Herbert Blomstedt and Bernard Haitink, the Hessischer Rundfunkorchester with Hugh Wolff, the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra with Valery Gergiev, the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra with Jean Fournet and the Wiener Philharmoniker with Zubin Mehta. Quirine is also highly sought after in terms of chamber music. She is a much-coveted guest at festivals such as the Delft Chamber Music Festival, the Klangspuren Festival in Schwaz and the Mondsee Tage and the Salzburger Festspiele.

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Cello Concertos and Symphony (2006)

Haydn

Combattimento Consort Amsterdam

    SA_CD.Net

A disc of extraordinary playing - this is so good that the playing on "period" instruments that it really does sound as though they could be using modern instruments in HIP. It has me smiling from ear to ear every time it graces my player. With fast tempi, although never rushed, the ebullient music is frequently absolutely exhilarating - a very refreshing change from the staid approaches that used to abound the catalogues of LP & RBCD. The more reflective movements are given space to breath and sing. Throughout Quirine Viersen has sufficient technique and an informed musicianship to shape the lines most convincingly as well as adding "impromptu" ornamentation that beautifully embellishes the music. The only manners portrayed in the concertos are that of good taste. The sheer energy and sense of vivaciousness is awe inspiring.

    Kwadratuur Belgium

In de concerti speelt Quirine Viersen met een donkere, wat zware klank die haar cello bij momenten de nodige ernst verleent. De mineur passage uit het concerto in Do groot bijvoorbeeld, krijgt zo een extra dramatisch kantje. Maar het is opmerkelijk hoeveel kleur Quirine Viersen in beide concerten kan steken, binnen het wat monochrome palet dat de darmsnaren op haar cello toelaten. In de hoogte klinkt zij met een gesluierde, wat hese klank, bijna volledig vlak, die deze muziek veel beter past dan een opgewonden 'prima donna' toon met een veel te snelle vibrato. En hoewel ze behoorlijk scherpe accenten kan geven, verliezen snelle passages nooit hun lichtheid.

    MusicWeb

Viersen proves to be an engaging soloist. She brings great imagination, colour and above all spontaneity to her performances of Haydn’s two cello concertos. Her turns of phrase can be surprising: with an array of subtle shades of colour and dynamics at her disposal no two phrases are the same. She happily deploys vibrato, not indiscriminately but as a targeted colouristic device. This variety makes for riveting accounts of the outer movements of each concerto but does not get in the way in the slower music. Her account of the slow movement of the C major concerto has a wonderful singing quality and her generous legato phrasing in the first movement of the D major is simply ravishing, but not at all overblown.

Cello Concertos and Symphony (2006)

Haydn

Combattimento Consort Amsterdam

Mastering Engineer: Arnout Probst
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Recording Engineer: Tom Peters, Arnout Probst
Recording location: Waalse Kerk Amsterdam Holland
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