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Orchestral works vol. 1

Orchestral works vol. 1

Edo de Waart / Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra

Label: Exton
Format: SACD
Barcode: 4526977001537
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Catalog number: OVCL 153
Releasedate: 07-01-11
During his tenure as the chief conductor of Netherland Radio Philharmonic, Edo de Waart established one of the best culminations the orchestra has ever had. The disc features the most popular repertoire of Wagner, and Edo de Waart, well-known as the opera conductor, directs the skillful orchestra to evoke such a dramatic Wagner world.
  • During his tenure as the chief conductor of Netherland Radio Philharmonic, Edo de Waart established one of the best culminations the orchestra has ever had
  • A disc which contains many of the most popular works of Wagner
  • According to Harrison Parrott Artists Management Edo De Waart, as an exceptional orchestral trainer has catapulted the international reputations of some of the best known orchestras in the world
  • He has most defenitely put his 'orchestral-building' mark on the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Edo de Waart has signed a six year contract to become Chief Conductor of the Royal Flemish Philharmonic (deFilharmonie) from the 2012/13 season onwards
Richard Wagner revolutionised the way composers used the orchestra, as he did so many other aspects of music and musical life. In the course of his career, he expanded the standard operatic orchestra of the earlier nineteenth century into a large assembly of instrumental families, capable of being used separately in full harmony as well as being combined in sonorous harmony and clearly defined counterpoint, with an apparently infinite variety of colourings to match the setting and mood of each work and each scene. His writing for individual instruments and sections took full advantage of contemporary developments in playing technique and in the design of the wind instruments. And the expressive and flexible orchestra of his mature operas became essentially, not an accompaniment to the singers, but the leading carrier of the musical line and the embodiment of the characters’ thoughts, feelings and memories – so that the preludes for the orchestra alone formed an integral part of the drama. (From the CD linernote by Anthony Burton © 2010)
The Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra was founded by Albert van Raalte in 1945. In the ensuing years, several distinguished conductors have stood at the orchestra’s helm: Paul van Kempen, Bernard Haitink, Willem van Otterloo, Jean Fournet, Hans Vonk, Sergiu Comissiona and Edo de Waart. Jaap van Zweden was appointed Principal Conductor and Artistic Director in September 2005. The Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra worked with the world’s foremost guest conductors, including Leopold Stokowsky, Kirill Kondrashin, Antál Dorati, Riccardo Muti, Kurt Masur, Mariss Jansons, Michael Tilson Thomas, Gennady Rozhdestvensky and Valery Gergiev.

As one of the flagship orchestras for the Dutch Broadcasting Authority, the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic occupies a prominent place in two series at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, the Saturday Matinee and the Sunday Morning Concerts as well as the Friday Vredenburg series in Utrecht. All concerts are broadcast live on the Dutch national station, Radio 4 and through the international European Broadcasting Union connection.

A leading light on the Dutch musical firmament, the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra guarantees adventurous symphonic programming, high quality performance and a plethora of concertante opera  performances. World premieres and Dutch premieres of works by among others Koechlin, Martin, Franssens, Koolmees, Padding, Francesconi, Janácek, De Raaff, Oetsvolskaja, Vriend and Rijnvos were praised by critics and audience. The orchestra’s discography is impressive and includes the complete Mahler Symphonies and orchestral works by Rachmaninoff under the direction of Edo de Waart. Ongoing recording projects include a Bruckner-cycle under the direction of Jaap van Zweden (Exton label) and the complete Shostakovich symphonies led by the British conductor Mark Wigglesworth (Bis label). Wagner’s Lohengrin and Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, performed by the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, the Netherlands Radio Choir and vocal soloists under the direction of Jaap van Zweden, were recorded for QuattroLive and met with great critical acclaim. QuattroLive is the cd label of Radio 4, the Netherlands Broadcasting Music Center, Radio Netherlands Worldwide and the broadcasters NPS, AVRO and TROS.

Edo de Waart was Chief Conductor of the Radio Philharmonic Orchestra from 1989-2004. At present he is the Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the Hong Kong Philharmonic and Conductor Laureate of the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra. Following his studies in oboe, piano and conducting at the Amsterdam Music Lyceum, Edo de Waart served as Assistant Principal Oboistof the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. Two years later, he won the Dimitri Mitropoulos Conducting Competition in New York that resulted in his appointment as Assistant Conductor to Leonard Bernstein at the New York Philharmonic. On his return to Holland he was appointed Assistant Conductor to Bernard Haitink at the Concertgebouw Orchestra. In 1967 the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra appointed him permanent Guest Conductor and six years later Chief Conductor and Artistic Director. Since then, Edo de Waart has been affiliated with several leading American orchestras as Music Director of the San Francisco Symphony and Minnesota Orchestras. Branching out to other parts of the world, Maestro de Waart was the Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and Chief Conductor of the Nederlandse Opera. He has guest conducted all the major world orchestras. His operatic experience has included appearances at Bayreuth, Covent Garden, Opéra de la Bastille, the Metropolitan Opera and the Salzburger Festspiele. Edo de Waart was recently named Artistic Director of the Santa Fe Opera.