Willem Jeths - Symphony no.1, Recorder Concerto | Challenge Classics CC72693

Willem Jeths - Symphony no.1, Recorder Concerto

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Label: Challenge Classics

Cat No: CC72693

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Orchestral

Release Date: 26th February 2016

Contents

Artists

Karin Strobos (mezzo-soprano)
Erik Bosgraaf (recorder)
Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra

Conductors

Edo de Waart
Markus Stenz

Works

Jeths, Willem

Recorder Concerto
Symphony no.1

Artists

Karin Strobos (mezzo-soprano)
Erik Bosgraaf (recorder)
Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra

Conductors

Edo de Waart
Markus Stenz

About

World premiere recordings of a pair of orchestral works by leading Dutch composer Willem Jeths, featuring two world-famous conductors - Edo de Waart and Markus Stenz - with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra. Following his Symphony no.1, the virtuoso Erik Bosgraaf is the soloist in the Recorder Concerto.

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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