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Julius Röntgen : Œuvres chorales et orchestrales - Musique de chambre. Kerr, Horsch, Grotenhuis, Gronostay, Van Steen.
Format : 2 CD
Total Time : 02:16:53

Recording : 1990-2000
Country : Pays-Bas
Sound : Stereo

Label : Brilliant Classics
Catalog No. : BRIL96104
EAN : 5028421961040
Price Code : DM011A

Publishing Year : 2020
Release Date : 05/02/2020

Genre : Classical
Julius Röntgen (1855-1932)
Sérénade, op. 14
Thème et Variations, op. 17
Motets
Wieder den Frieden, Klage, Anklage und Trostgesang
Gleichwie die grünen Blätter auf einem schönen Baum
Kommt her zu mir, alle die ihr mein begeeret
Symphonie en do dièse mineur
Trio pour piano en do mineur, op. 50
Sonate pour violon et piano en fa dièse mineur, op. 20
Sonate pour violoncelle et piano n° 5 en si mineur, op. 56

Roberta Alexander, soprano
Alexander Kerr, violon
Gregor Horsch, violoncelle
Sepp Grotenhuis, piano
Duo piano à 4 mains
Wyneke Jordans
Leo Van Doeselaar
Ensemble Viotta
Netherlands Chamber Choir
Uwe Gronostay, direction
Netherlands Radio Symphony Orchestra
Jac van Steen, direction

A late-Romantic Symphony, Serenade, motets and chamber music by the composer and teacher who energised Dutch musical life for over half a century. In February 1896, Clara Schumann described Julius Röntgen in a letter to Johannes Brahms: 'He has remained a child, so innocent, pure, open, enthusiastic… But we certainly can and must take him seriously.’ Brahms certainly agreed, and stole from the younger composer a theme from the Serenade which opens this compilation, for use in his own Second Symphony; when Röntgen pointed this out, he was the recipient of a rare apology from Brahms. Born in 1855, Röntgen grew up in Leipzig, the son of the leader of the Gewandhaus orchestra. As a boy he met Liszt, having already composed music for the likes of Joseph Joachim. His move to Amsterdam in 1877 launched a multifaceted career as a pianist, conductor and teacher who continued to compose prolifically in all the classical genres. He became friends with Grieg, who dedicated a volume of Lyric Pieces to him, and much of his own output convincingly welds Austro-German forms with a fresh, Scandinavian-accented simplicity of expression. This portrait of Röntgen ranges across his diverse output, from the Serenade of 1876 to one of the symphonies he wrote late in life, a single-movement form composed in 1930 with a soprano vocalise. A youthful and joyous Violin Sonata of 1879 was composed for the violinist Amanda Maier, who would soon become his first wife; its high spirits are shared by the Theme and Variations for two pianos from the previous year. The Cello Sonata Op.56 is dedicated to the memory of a friend and adapts the final chorus of Bach’s St Matthew Passion. His Sixth Piano Trio Op.50 opens in high Brahmsian style with a passionate main melody and a tender slow movement. A trio of motets dates from the 1920s and features some of his most daring harmonies, before the Symphony strikes a vein of pastoral contemplation akin to the Sinfonia Espansiva of Nielsen, who had also become a friend.

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