The Marine Band of the Royal Netherlands Navy returns to Native DSD Music with their newest album WorthWeill Originals from Channel Classics Records. This is the band’s 6th DSD album and it comes to our listeners 6 weeks before the album’s scheduled release date on Stereo CD.
Worthweill Originals is a DSD 256 Stereo and DSD 256 Multichannel recording produced and engineered by Jared Sacks with the Merging Technologies Horus Analog to DSD 256 Converter, van Medevoort Amplifiers, Bruel & Kjaer 4006 and Schoeps Microphones, exclusive use of Van den Hul 3T cables, and Audio Lab (recording) and Grimm LS1 (mastering) Loudspeakers. It is also available from NativeDSD in Stereo DSD 512.
On ‘WorthWeill Originals’ you hear German-Austrian gems of original compositions for military band . The first volume of works for military band by the Marine Band of the Royal Netherlands Navy on Channel Classics – Rimsky & Co: Originals – received 5 stars in BBC Music Magazine: “Astonishing clarity of sound and texture thanks both to a crack ensemble and the superb recording. Brilliant, effervescent discoveries.”
Conductor Major Arjan Tien tells us more about this 2nd Volume, WorthWeill Originals: “Embarking on a series of recordings of classical originals for symphonic wind band is an adventurous quest. We decided to compile German-Austrian gems on this second volume, illustrating the development and expansion of the symphonic wind band of nearly one and a half century: from Beethoven (1810) to Hindemith (1951). Richard Strauss composed “Variationen uber ‘Wilhelm von Oranien’ “ in 1892.
The former principal conductor of the Marine Band of the Royal Netherlands Navy, major Pieter Jansen, rediscovered this work in the archives of the Royal House of the Netherlands in 1999. It became our National Anthem in 1932, but the melody dates back to at least 1572.
Another work on this album that was published only twenty years ago is the beautiful and virtuosic Nocturne by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy. Two marches by composers no less than Beethoven and Bruckner, should naturally be included on an album by a military band, representing a different and lesser-known part of their repertoire.
We conclude our journey with three twentieth century German- Austrian giants: Paul Hindemith, Arnold Schönberg and Kurt Weill. Interestingly, their works on this album were all composed in the United States, where all three of them spent time during the course of their careers.”
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van Medevoort, Holland
Exclusive use of Van den Hul 3T cables
Horus, Merging Technologies
Grimm LS1 Loudspeakers
Bruel & Kjaer 4006, Schoeps
Rens Heijnis, Custom Design, Analog Mixing Board
|Original Recording Format|
MCO, Studio 1, Hilversum, The Netherlands on November 27-30, 2018
Pyramix, Merging Technologies
|Recording Type & Bit Rate||
Audio Lab, Holland
|Release Date||August 9, 2019|
Pleasantly Classic (Aangenaam Klassiek)
An album that proves that the Dutch wind tradition is at the highest level.
Geen twijfel mogelijk: majoor Arjan Tien en zijn mariniers timmeren mede dankzij Channel Classics goed aan de weg. (…) Wederom mag van een voltreffer worden gesproken. (…) De selectie uit de Dreigroschenoper van Kurt Weill swingt en prikkelt aan alle kanten en toont voor de zoveelste keer de veelzijdigheid van dit orkest.
Military bands are common, some are good, few are better. The Marine Band of the Royal Netherlands Navy clearly belongs to the latter category, as listening to this new release will amply confirm. (…) here we are dealing with the equivalent of a full-blown symphony orchestra, albeit that for obvious mobility reasons strings are replaced by wind instruments. (…) This DSD digital file sounds superb! Lifelike, full of detailed information, without any hint of congestion nor distortion, and mastered with a well-judged surround.
(…) Wind bands are not everybody’s cup of bromide tea but don’t be put off: this is a thoroughly entertaining and well produced disc, with some true rarities.
Majoor Arjan Tien verdient vijf sterren voor een cd die een prachtig portret schildert van de Marinierskapel, schitterend gespeeld, avontuurlijk geprogrammeerd en voorbeeldig toegelicht en opgenomen. Saluut!
(…) blaasmuziek die het ‘hoempa’ – gehalte verre overstijgt (…) de Marinierskapel weet er wel raad mee.
(…) Een bijzondere cd van een dito gezelschap (…)
(…) Verrassing volgt op verrassing, van een lichtvoetige Beethovenmars tot welluidende variaties van beroepsontregelaar Arnold Schönberg. (…)
(…) Een cd die bewijst dat de Nederlandse blaastraditie op het allerhoogste internationale niveau staat. (…)
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(…) Although this Strauss’ Pomp and Circumstance may not be entirely representative of what is to follow, it gave me already an enticingly first impression what this Marine Band is capable of: A spectacular sense of balanced, musical unity. Listening on, the band’s smooth clarinets and rounded brass do, indeed, create a thorough awareness of classy, upbeat enjoyment, whether in Beethoven (“March WoO 20, not published during the composer’s lifetime”), Mendelssohn-Bartholdy’s lovely Nocturno (“An absolute rarity … written at the age of fifteen and published only twenty years ago”) or in Bruckner’s sturdy German march (“an occasional work for the ‘Militär-Kapelle der Jäger-Truppe’”).
The menu’s ‘special’ is no doubt Paul Hindemith’s ‘Symphony in B Flat for Concert Band’, a hybrid-jazzy work (composed during his stay in the USA) conveyed by the Marines with playful inspiration, a substantial dose of Sax-virtuosity and tuba-swirls, admirably led and fed by the conductor, Major (military band obliging) Arjan Tien. (…)
A final word about the sound quality. Some people, like me, claim having ears that can tell the difference between low- and high-res, in spite of what experts say (with blind tests to substantiate it). Well then, let me put it this way: This DSD digital file sounds superb! Lifelike, full of detailed information, without any hint of congestion nor distortion, and mastered with a well-judged surround. I was not able to compare it with the physical SACD equivalent as there isn’t any. But, as a further clue, it was in any case a whole lot better than the FLAC file I played immediately after. Count your blessings.
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