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Complete Works For Violin & Orchestra

Johannes Leertouwer

Complete Works For Violin & Orchestra

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Format: CD
Label: Challenge Classics
UPC: 0608917215526
Catnr: CC 72155
Release date: 04 September 2006
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Challenge Classics
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0608917215526
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CC 72155
Release date
04 September 2006
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Mozart composed his five violin concertos as a group, in quick succession, in 1775, his nineteenth year. (The first concerto was probably written earlier.) He was at that time a young but experienced composer: he had already written around 30 symphonies, nine operas, eight masses and a great deal of dance music and chamber music. But his experience with solo concertos was still quite limited.

"With the passing of years it has become increasingly clear to me that Mozart, who was still active as a violinist during the period when he was writing his violin concertos, was used to exploiting the qualities of different registers in his compositions.(-) Mozart's text evoked a colourful response from my instrument, from which I could then benefit as a performer. Articulation was another area where my choices were guided to a substantial extent by the possibilities of the instrument. In this respect my Amati is like an inspiring teacher, encouraging me to apply and convert into sound the knowledge I have accumulated from other historical sources"

Johannes Leertouwer is a violinist and conductor with a distinct personal style and a very broad repertoire. As one of the leading Dutch specialists in the interpretation of 18th century repertoire he conducts both traditional symphony orchestras and period instrument groups and his repertoire ranges from baroque to contemporary. As a guest conductor he works regularly with the renowned choir and orchestra of the Netherlands Bach Society, the North Netherlands Orchestra, and the Osaka Symphoniker of Japan. Since 1998 he has been the artistic director and principal conductor of the Netherlands Youth String Orchestra. He made a large number of CD recordings. He teaches violin at the Conservatory of Amsterdam since 1990.

La Borea Amsterdam was founded by Johannes Leertouwer in 1990. Since then the ensemble has realised a select number of unusual projects in co-operation with the Holland Festival of Early Music, Studium Chorale in Maastricht and other organisations. La Borea is made up of leading musicians specialising in historical performance on period instruments.
De vijf vioolconcerten van Mozart
Mozart componeerde in 1775 op negentienjarige leeftijd zijn vijf vioolconcerten als een groep, vlak achter elkaar. Op dat moment had hij al zo’n 30 symfonieën, negen opera’s, acht missen en een groot aantal kamermuziekwerken. Met het componeren van soloconcerten had hij toen nog veel minder ervaring. In tegenstelling tot zijn voorgangers baseerde Mozart zijn vioolconcerten niet op één thema, maar op een veelvoud van melodieën, wat zorgt voor een rijk scala aan verschillende klanken en stijlen. Hij was in deze tijd zelf ook nog zeer actief als violist, waardoor hij wist hoe men het uiterste uit het instrument kon halen. Deze uitersten − kleuren, texturen en gebreken − worden op dit album ook ervaren door Johannes Leertouwer, die de vioolconcerten ten gehore brengt. Hij speelt namelijk op een Amativiool: een historische viool die stamt uit 1619.

Johannes Leertouwer is een violist en dirigent met een eigen stijl en een heel breed repertoire. Als één van de leidende specialisten in de uitvoering van 18e-eeuwse muziek heeft hij zowel traditionele symfonieorkesten als kleine ensembles op historische instrumenten geleid. Zo heeft hij ook veel muziek uit verschillende repertoires gespeeld: van barokmuziek tot hedendaags. Hij treedt regelmatig op als gastdirigent met het koor en orkest van de Nederlandse Bachvereniging, het Noord Nederlands Orkest en de Osaka Symphoniker van Japan. Hij heeft een groot aantal albums opgenomen en is sinds 1990 actief als docent op het Conservatorium van Amsterdam.

Artist(s)

Johannes Leertouwer

Johannes Leertouwer is chief conductor and artistic director of the recently formed Nieuwe Philharmonie Utrecht. In September of 2009, he conducted this orchestra in an exciting and much praised debut which featured a program of Stravinsky and Ravel and he will continue to lead the NPU in a series of concerts and special projects in the coming years. The orchestra performs on period instruments as well as repertoire of the nineteenth- and early twentieth century. It also features an extensive educational program, and therefore clearly carries the signature of its chief conductor. Johannes Leertouwer studied conducting with David Porcelijn and the legendary Finnish professor Jorma Panula, He has worked as guest conductor with various orchestras, such as the Noord Nederlands Orkest, choir...
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Johannes Leertouwer is chief conductor and artistic director of the recently formed Nieuwe Philharmonie Utrecht.
In September of 2009, he conducted this orchestra in an exciting and much praised debut which featured a program of Stravinsky and Ravel and he will continue to lead the NPU in a series of concerts and special projects in the coming years. The orchestra performs on period instruments as well as repertoire of the nineteenth- and early twentieth century. It also features an extensive educational program, and therefore clearly carries the signature of its chief conductor.
Johannes Leertouwer studied conducting with David Porcelijn and the legendary Finnish professor Jorma Panula, He has worked as guest conductor with various orchestras, such as the Noord Nederlands Orkest, choir and orchestra of the Netherlands Bach Society. He has also worked with orchestras in Belgium, France, Japan and Mexico. From 1989 to 2006 he was artistic director and conductor of the Netherlands Youth String Orchestra, and also conducted various projects at European conservatories in Paris, Antwerp, Leipzig and Amsterdam.
After studying violin with Bouw Lemkes in Amsterdam and Josef Suk in Vienna and Prague, Johannes Leertouwer decided to specialize in historical performance practice. He worked as concertmaster and soloist with a number of international period instrument ensembles and orchestras, such as Anima Eterna, and the orchestra and choir of the Nederlandse Bach Vereniging.
Together with his duo partners Menno van Delft (harpsichord) and Julian Reynolds (fortepiano) he has made a series of CD recordings on the Globe label which feature works by Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert and Schumann. With the Schönbrunn Ensemble, of which he has been a member since its founding in 1987, he performs both in the Netherlands and abroad. He has also made a series of CD’s with this ensemble, the most recent of which contains works of Graf, Reicha and Ries. In 2006, the Mozart year, Johannes Leertouwer was the soloist and conductor in a highly acclaimed CD-recording of the complete works for violin and orchestra by Mozart (Challenge).
Since 1989 he has been a professor of violin at the Conservatory of Amsterdam. He gives masterclasses and guest teaches in many countries both within and outside of Europe. As a conductor he is able to draw not only on his years of experience with the ensembles and orchestras that are leading the way in historical performance practice, but also on his experience in Romantic and twentieth-century orchestral practice. Already during his violin studies he worked with world famous conductors such as Haitink, Abbado, Bernstein and Harnoncourt.
Johannes Leertouwer is a conductor with a broad repertoire and an exceptionally acute consciousness of style. From his specialization, the Viennese Classics, he has built up his repertoire without limiting himself to any particular style period. Among the works he has conducted are Sibelius’ Symphony No.5, Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique and Bach’s St. Matthew Passion; he has also conducted world premieres of works by Patricio Wang, Maurice Horsthuis, Frank Agsteribbe and others.

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Composer(s)

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, whose actual name is Joannes Chrysotomus Wolfgangus Theophilus Mozart, was a composer, pianist, violinist and conductor from the classical period, born in Salzburg. Mozart was a child prodigy. Already competent on keyboard and violin, he composed from the age of five and performed before European royalty. Along with Johann Sebastian Bach and Ludwig van Beethoven, Mozart is considered to be one of the most influential composers of all of music's history. Within the classical tradition, he was able to develop new musical concepts which left an everlasting impression on all the composers that came after him. Together with Joseph Haydn and Ludwig van Beethoven he is part of the First Viennese School.  At 17, Mozart was engaged as...
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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, whose actual name is Joannes Chrysotomus Wolfgangus Theophilus Mozart, was a composer, pianist, violinist and conductor from the classical period, born in Salzburg. Mozart was a child prodigy. Already competent on keyboard and violin, he composed from the age of five and performed before European royalty. Along with Johann Sebastian Bach and Ludwig van Beethoven, Mozart is considered to be one of the most influential composers of all of music's history. Within the classical tradition, he was able to develop new musical concepts which left an everlasting impression on all the composers that came after him. Together with Joseph Haydn and Ludwig van Beethoven he is part of the First Viennese School. At 17, Mozart was engaged as a musician at the Salzburg court, but grew restless and traveled in search of a better position. From 1763 he traveled with his family through all of Europe for three years and from 1769 he traveled to Italy and France with his father Leopold after which he took residence in Paris. On July 3rd, 1778, his mother passed away and after a short stay in Munich with the Weber family, his father urged him to return to Salzburg, where he was once again hired by the Bishop. While visiting Vienna in 1781, he was dismissed from his Salzburg position. He chose to stay in the capital, where he achieved fame but little financial security. During his final years in Vienna, he composed many of his best-known symphonies, concertos, and operas, and portions of the Requiem, which was largely unfinished at the time of his death.


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Disc #1
01.
'Concerto No. 1 in B flat major, K 207': I. [Allegro moderato]
07:31
(Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart) Johannes Leertouwer, La Borea Amsterdam
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'Concerto No. 1 in B flat major, K 207': II. Adagio
07:07
(Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart) Johannes Leertouwer, La Borea Amsterdam
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'Concerto No. 1 in B flat major, K 207': III. Presto
05:29
(Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart) Johannes Leertouwer, La Borea Amsterdam
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'Concerto No. 2 in D major, K 211': I. Allegro moderato
09:23
(Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart) Johannes Leertouwer, La Borea Amsterdam
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'Concerto No. 2 in D major, K 211': II. Andante
06:51
(Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart) Johannes Leertouwer, La Borea Amsterdam
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'Concerto No. 2 in D major, K 211': III. Rondeau: Allegro
04:31
(Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart) Johannes Leertouwer, La Borea Amsterdam
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'Concerto No. 3 in G major, K 216': I. Allegro
09:23
(Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart) Johannes Leertouwer, La Borea Amsterdam
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'Concerto No. 3 in G major, K 216': II. Adagio
08:16
(Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart) Johannes Leertouwer, La Borea Amsterdam
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'Concerto No. 3 in G major, K 216': III. Rondeau: Allegro – Andante – Allegretto – Tempo primo
06:49
(Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart) Johannes Leertouwer, La Borea Amsterdam
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Rondo in B flat Major, K 269 (261a): Rondeau: Allegro
07:48
(Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart) Johannes Leertouwer, La Borea Amsterdam

Disc #2
01.
Concerto No. 4 in D major, K 218: I. Allegro
08:43
(Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart) Johannes Leertouwer, La Borea Amsterdam
02.
Concerto No. 4 in D major, K 218: II. Andante cantabile
06:47
(Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart) Johannes Leertouwer, La Borea Amsterdam
03.
Concerto No. 4 in D major, K 218: III. Rondeau: Andante grazioso – Allegro ma non troppo
07:41
(Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart) Johannes Leertouwer, La Borea Amsterdam
04.
Concerto No. 5 in A major, K 219: I. Allegro aperto – Adagio – Allegro aperto
09:41
(Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart) Johannes Leertouwer, La Borea Amsterdam
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Concerto No. 5 in A major, K 219: II. Adagio
09:21
(Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart) Johannes Leertouwer, La Borea Amsterdam
06.
Concerto No. 5 in A major, K 219: III. Rondeau: Tempo di menuetto – Allegro – Tempo di menuetto
09:11
(Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart) Johannes Leertouwer, La Borea Amsterdam
07.
Adagio in E major, K 261: Adagio
07:46
(Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart) Johannes Leertouwer, La Borea Amsterdam
08.
Rondo in C major, K 373: Rondeau: Allegretto grazioso
05:58
(Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart) Johannes Leertouwer, La Borea Amsterdam
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