Symphony no. 2 ‘Lobgesang’

The Netherlands Symphony Orchestra

19.9927.49
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Original Recording Format: DSD 64

THE NETHERLANDS SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Jan Willem de Vriend

Judith van Wanroij soprano
Machteld Baumans soprano
Patrick Henckens tenor
Choir Consensus Vocalis
Choir conductor Klaas Stok

It is June 1840, you are in the Thomaskirche in Leipzig, the church where the famous composer Johann Sebastian Bach was once kapellmeister. You are there to attend the premiere of a piece of music on the occasion of the 400th anniversary of the invention of the printing press by Johannes Gutenberg. The successful composer Felix Mendelssohn will conduct his own music. Mild excitement takes hold of you; you feel that it is going to be a magnificent concert, with orchestra, choir, soloists. Finally, it starts. The trombones begin with a regal theme that resounds through the church. The orchestra takes over the theme. You are immediately swept up by, immersed in the music – an overwhelming experience. 
That must certainly have been the experience of the audience at this first performance of Mendelssohn’s symphony-cantata, as he liked to describe it. That the beginning of the piece is so overawing, by the nature of the theme and scoring of wind instruments, is not something you immediately expect from a composer such as Mendelssohn. He is known more for refinement, a cultivated melancholy that is fascinating, but does not threaten to make off with you. And of course, there is the virtuosity, which never stoops to affectation and always remains functional.1 As impressive as the regal trombone theme is, other passages of Lobgesang have probably moved audiences more deeply. 

Tracklist

1.
Lobgesang -Symphony no. 2 op. 52 - Maestoso con moto - Allegro
12:08
2.
Lobgesang -Symphony no. 2 op. 52 - Allegretto un poco agitato
05:49
3.
Lobgesang -Symphony no. 2 op. 52 - Adagio religioso
06:09
4.
Lobgesang -Symphony no. 2 op. 52 - Allegro moderato maestoso - Animato
01:37
5.
Lobgesang -Symphony no. 2 op. 52 - Allegro di molto
02:46
6.
Lobgesang -Symphony no. 2 op. 52 - Molto piu moderato ma con fuoco
02:09
7.
Lobgesang -Symphony no. 2 op. 52 - Recitativo
00:53
8.
Lobgesang -Symphony no. 2 op. 52 - Allegro moderato
01:59
9.
Lobgesang -Symphony no. 2 op. 52 - A tempo moderato
01:47
10.
Lobgesang -Symphony no. 2 op. 52 - Andante
04:40
11.
Lobgesang -Symphony no. 2 op. 52 - Allegro un poco agitato
02:05
12.
Lobgesang -Symphony no. 2 op. 52 - Allegro assai agitato
00:40
13.
Lobgesang -Symphony no. 2 op. 52 - Tempo I, moderato
01:33
14.
Lobgesang -Symphony no. 2 op. 52 - Die Nacht ist vergangen!
00:14
15.
Lobgesang -Symphony no. 2 op. 52 - Allegro maestoso e molto vivace
04:03
16.
Lobgesang -Symphony no. 2 op. 52 - Andante con moto
01:35
17.
Lobgesang -Symphony no. 2 op. 52 - Un poco piu animato
02:26
18.
Lobgesang -Symphony no. 2 op. 52 - Andante sostenuto assai
04:29
19.
Lobgesang -Symphony no. 2 op. 52 - Allegro non troppo
01:56
20.
Lobgesang -Symphony no. 2 op. 52 - Piu vivace
02:57
21.
Lobgesang -Symphony no. 2 op. 52 - Maestoso como I
00:37

Total time: 01:02:32

Additional information

Artists

Composers

Conductors

Genres

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Label

Qualities

Channels

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Original Recording Format

Cables

Siltech mono crystal

Digital Converters

dCS

Mastering Engineer

Bert van der Wolf

Mastering Equipment

Avalon monitoring

Microphones

Sonodore

Producer

Bert van der Wolf

Recording Engineer

Bert van der Wolf

Recording location

Muziekcentrum Enschede Holland

Recording Type & Bit Rate

DSD64

Recording Software

Pyramix

SKU

CC72543

Release Date June 6, 2014
SKU CC72543

Press reviews

www.opusklassiek.nl

het blijkt niet minder dan een ware prachtbijdrage, en weer het bewijs hoezeer de vaderlandse amateurkoren zich in de afgelopen kwarteeuw in positieve zin hebben ontwikkeld

hifi & records

Die Stereo-Version beeindruckt schon stark, Surround überwältigt

Gramophone

For a fresh, immediate statement that compels one’s attention from start to finish, I cannot imagine anyone being disappointed by this new release which is also beautifully recorded.

NRC Handelsblad

De Vriend weet het Nederlands Symfonieorkest te laten klinken als een bruisend barokclubje, met behoud van de diepte en betrouwbaarheid van een modern orkest.

Music Web

Jan Willem de Vriend paces the various sections of the finale shrewdly. I particularly appreciate the energy he brings to the music … there’s no stuffiness or sentimentality.

Irish Times

Jan Willem de Vriend tackles the symphony with hearty gusto, and the choral contributions of Consensus Vocalis are particulalrly fine.

Fono Forum

Er entfaltet eine klangliche Aura, die dem Werk die nötige Größe verleiht.

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