Willem Jeths - Symphony no.1, Recorder Concerto
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Label: Challenge Classics
Cat No: CC72693
Number of Discs: 1
Release Date: 26th February 2016
ArtistsKarin Strobos (mezzo-soprano)
Erik Bosgraaf (recorder)
Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra
ConductorsEdo de Waart
Jeths, born in 1959, had written an opera, three string quartets, eleven solo concertos and a large number of orchestral and chamber music works before attempting the most important genre of the orchestral repertoire. In fact, his is not a traditional symphony in the classical-romantic sense, but rather a piece with four movements themed around the cycle of life, death and transformation. Just under 45 minutes in length, the Symphony consists of one single build-up of tension in which its musical and philosophical aspects - the opening and closing vocal movements incorporate poems by Goethe that revolve around the cyclic dimension of existence - are seen to be all interconnected.
Before composing his Recorder Concerto for Erik Bosgraaf, Willem Jeths heard him play a number of different instuments, one of which was a 16th-century renaissance recorder by Silvestro Ganassi. ‘That instrument is more powerful than the more common baroque variant, so I composed my concerto specifically for the Ganassi recorder.’ As the composition progressed, Jeths was increasingly captivated by what he calls the ‘essence of the instrument’: ‘To me, the sound of the recorder represents innocence and fragile purity. I had to give the soloist enough scope to let him put these qualities across to the best possible effect…(to) emerge in the limelight.’
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