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Bach

Pauline Oostenrijk

Bach

Format: CD
Label: Challenge Classics
UPC: 0608917201925
Catnr: CC 72019
Release date: 01 January 2001
1 CD
 
Label
Challenge Classics
UPC
0608917201925
Catalogue number
CC 72019
Release date
01 January 2001
Album
Artist(s)
Composer(s)
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NL

About the album

On this album oboist Pauline Oostenrijk plays together with Nieuw Sinfonietta Amsterdam three oboe concertos by Johann Sebastian Bach, Johann Christian Bach and Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach.
Bach familie op prachtige wijze herenigd
Op dit album speelt hoboïste Pauline van Oostenrijk samen met Amsterdam Sinfonietta drie hobo concerto’s van Johann Sebastian Bach, Johann Christian Bach en Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach.

Johann Christian schreef Concerto in F. Hij was minder succesvol dan zijn vader en zijn broer, maar zijn werk is toch belangrijk geweest voor de muziekgeschiedenis. Concerto in A is van J.S. Bach zelf en geschreven voor hobo en strijkers. Het laatste concert op het album is Concerto in Es van Carl Philipp Emanuel, die wordt gezien als de belangrijkste nakomeling van de familie Bach na Johann Sebastian.

Pauline van Oostenrijk treedt op als lid van het Residentie Orkest en als soliste en kamermusicus. Ze soleerde bij diverse orkesten en heeft een groot aantal opnames gemaakt. Amsterdam Sinfonietta is opgericht in 1988 en is het enige professionele strijkorkest in Nederland. Het ensemble tourt over de hele wereld en wordt geleid door violiste Candida Thompson. De samenwerking met Pauline van Oostenrijk heeft dit bijzondere album opgeleverd, waarop de Bach familie op prachtige wijze wordt herenigd in de muziek.

Artist(s)

Pauline Oostenrijk

In 1999, Pauline Oostenrijk received the Music Prize of the Netherlands, the highest State Award in classical music. Before that, she had already won a number of national and international prizes, among which the first prize in the Gillet oboe competition in Baltimore, resulting in a recital in Carnegie Hall, New York. She studied oboe (with Koen van Slogteren and Jan Spronk) and piano (with Willem Brons) at the Conservatory of Amsterdam, and had lessons with Thomas Indermühle and Han de Vries. Her activities as a soloist and chamber musician have been recorded on a considerable number of highly acclaimed cd’s. Various composers wrote pieces for her, a.o. Louis Andriessen (To Pauline O for oboe solo). Pauline performs often with her sister,...
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In 1999, Pauline Oostenrijk received the Music Prize of the Netherlands, the highest State Award in classical music. Before that, she had already won a number of national and international prizes, among which the first prize in the Gillet oboe competition in Baltimore, resulting in a recital in Carnegie Hall, New York.
She studied oboe (with Koen van Slogteren and Jan Spronk) and piano (with Willem Brons) at the Conservatory of Amsterdam, and had lessons with Thomas Indermühle and Han de Vries.
Her activities as a soloist and chamber musician have been recorded on a considerable number of highly acclaimed cd’s. Various composers wrote pieces for her, a.o. Louis Andriessen (To Pauline O for oboe solo). Pauline performs often with her sister, the soprano Nienke Oostenrijk. For many years she was a teacher at the conservatories of Amsterdam and The Hague, until she decided to create more time for performing and... writing. Her first book, with short stories about music, was published in 2006.
Pauline Oostenrijk is solo-oboist of the Residentie Orchestra of The Hague.

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Amsterdam Sinfonietta

Amsterdam Sinfonietta has occupied a unique position as the only professional string orchestra in the Netherlands for the past 25 years. Founded in 1988, with Lev Markiz as its first artistic director, the ensemble has performed throughout the world, touring Europe, China, the United States and Australia. It has appeared at major venues sich as the Barbican Hall in London, Cité de la Musique in Paris, the National Centre of Performing Arts in Beijing and the Berlin Konzerthaus. The ensemble comprises 22 string players who perform under the leadership of its concertmaster and artistic leader Candida Thompson. This approach to music- making without a conductor is what distinguishes the group from ‘regular’ chamber orchestras. It calls for an extremely intense degree...
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Amsterdam Sinfonietta has occupied a unique position as the only professional string orchestra in the Netherlands for the past 25 years. Founded in 1988, with Lev Markiz as its first artistic director, the ensemble has performed throughout the world, touring Europe, China, the United States and Australia. It has appeared at major venues sich as the Barbican Hall in London, Cité de la Musique in Paris, the National Centre of Performing Arts in Beijing and the Berlin Konzerthaus.
The ensemble comprises 22 string players who perform under the leadership of its concertmaster and artistic leader Candida Thompson. This approach to music- making without a conductor is what distinguishes the group from ‘regular’ chamber orchestras. It calls for an extremely intense degree of involvement from all the musicians. The repertoire covers a variety of styles, extending from the Baroque repertoire to contemporary works. Alongside performances of mainstream repertoire, the orchestra frequently champions unjustly neglected or new works. Amsterdam Sinfonietta has recently premièred compositions by David Matthews, Michel van der Aa, Kate Moore, Tigran Mansurian and Peteris Vasks. Leading composers such as Thomas Larcher, Rozalie Hirs and Sofia Gubaidulina are currently composing new works commissioned by Amsterdam Sinfonietta.
The ensemble has gained a reputation for creating highly innovative programmes; its trademark versatility recently earned it the prestigious classical music prize De Ovatie [The Ovation] in 2013. It frequently presents original and compelling combinations of works, initiates surprising collaborations and embraces groundbreaking concepts involving video art, dance or theatre. Amsterdam Sinfonietta has worked with a host of internationally renowned musicians, such as Sergei Khachatryan, Barbara Hannigan, Thomas Hampson, David Fray, Janine Jansen, Dejan Lazic, Steven Isselis, Isabelle Faust, Alexander Melnikov, Nino Gvetadze, Christianne Stotijn, Bobby McFerrin and Wende Snijders.
Amsterdam Sinfonietta’s educational KleuterSinfonietta performances are enjoyed by thousands of young children in the Netherlands each year. It also organises the Sinfonietta Strijkersdagen [Sinfonietta String Players Days], giving young musicians the opportunity to participate in workshops and perform in public in specially formed string orchestras.
Within the past decade Amsterdam Sinfonietta has produced an impressive array of CDs under Candida Thompson’s leadership, in collaboration with the high-quality Channel Classics label. These include ‘The Mahler Album’ (2011), ‘Britten’ (2013) and ‘Shostakovich & Weinberg’ (2013). ‘The Argentinian Album’ was released in October 2014. Recently the orchestra has also recorded CDs for labels such as ECM, Sony Classical and Deutsche Grammophon.
During the last few seasons Amsterdam Sinfonietta has undertaken international tours with Sol Gabetta, Patricia Kopatchinskaja and Martin Fröst. In early 2014 it joined forces with the American baritone Thomas Hampson, performing a unique song programme in twelve concert halls across Europe. Upcoming projects include a tour of Japan and concerts in the Benelux, Germany and Austria with the cellist Jean-Guihen Queyras.

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Composer(s)

Johann Sebastian Bach

Johann Sebastian Bach was a German composer and musician of the Baroque period. He enriched established German styles through his skill in counterpoint, harmonic and motivic organisation, and the adaptation of rhythms, forms, and textures from abroad, particularly from Italy and France. Bach's compositions include the Brandenburg Concertos, the Goldberg Variations, the Mass in B minor, two Passions, and hundreds of cantatas. His music is revered for its technical command, artistic beauty, and intellectual depth.  Bach's abilities as an organist were highly respected during his lifetime, although he was not widely recognised as a great composer until a revival of interest in and performances of his music in the first half of the 19th century. He is now generally regarded as one of the greatest composers of all time.  
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Johann Sebastian Bach was a German composer and musician of the Baroque period. He enriched established German styles through his skill in counterpoint, harmonic and motivic organisation, and the adaptation of rhythms, forms, and textures from abroad, particularly from Italy and France. Bach's compositions include the Brandenburg Concertos, the Goldberg Variations, the Mass in B minor, two Passions, and hundreds of cantatas. His music is revered for its technical command, artistic beauty, and intellectual depth.

Bach's abilities as an organist were highly respected during his lifetime, although he was not widely recognised as a great composer until a revival of interest in and performances of his music in the first half of the 19th century. He is now generally regarded as one of the greatest composers of all time.


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Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach

It can't be easy to have been a son of the great Johann Sebastian Bach. Bach was undoubtedly very strict, and if you'd have any composition ambitions, you would have to find a way to step out of the shadow of your father. Luckily, his sons had everything going for them considering their music. Whereas the traditional Baroque music of their father slowly went out of fashion, most of Bach's sons managed to follow the new trends of the early Classicism. In other words: relatively simple, melodic music which is not too heavy on the listener, yet still very passionate.  Carl Philipp Emanuel, Bach's fifth son, became the most outstanding among his siblings. Like each of Bach's sons, he received a...
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It can't be easy to have been a son of the great Johann Sebastian Bach. Bach was undoubtedly very strict, and if you'd have any composition ambitions, you would have to find a way to step out of the shadow of your father. Luckily, his sons had everything going for them considering their music. Whereas the traditional Baroque music of their father slowly went out of fashion, most of Bach's sons managed to follow the new trends of the early Classicism. In other words: relatively simple, melodic music which is not too heavy on the listener, yet still very passionate.

Carl Philipp Emanuel, Bach's fifth son, became the most outstanding among his siblings. Like each of Bach's sons, he received a solid education from his father, en Carl Philipp developed into a remarkably talented keyboardist. Moreover, he became a prolific composer and of all Bach's sons, he was able to came closest to the quality of his father's work, albeit in a completely different style.


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Johann Christian Bach

The German composer Johann Christian Bach was the youngest son of Johann Sebastian Bach and Anna Magdalena Wilcken. His father and his half-brother Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach instructed him in music, and he consequently enjoyed a promising career as a composer and performer. He is referred to as both ‘the Italian Bach’ and ‘the London Bach’. From 1754 till 1762 Johann Christian lived and studied in Italy, where he became organist of the Milan cathedral and devoted much time to the composition of sacred music. He also became familiar with the Italian operas, which incited him to compose  his own operas, amongst others Artaserse, Catone in Utica and Alessandro nell’India. In 1762 Johann Christian established himself in London, the center of European...
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The German composer Johann Christian Bach was the youngest son of Johann Sebastian Bach and Anna Magdalena Wilcken. His father and his half-brother Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach instructed him in music, and he consequently enjoyed a promising career as a composer and performer. He is referred to as both ‘the Italian Bach’ and ‘the London Bach’.
From 1754 till 1762 Johann Christian lived and studied in Italy, where he became organist of the Milan cathedral and devoted much time to the composition of sacred music. He also became familiar with the Italian operas, which incited him to compose his own operas, amongst others Artaserse, Catone in Utica and Alessandro nell’India.
In 1762 Johann Christian established himself in London, the center of European opera, where three of his operas premiered that year. He was one of the first to found public concerts there, together with the gamba player and composer Karl Friedrich Abel. These so-called Bach-Abel concerts continued to took place until 1781. He also met Mozart in London, who was then eight years old. Mozart admired his music and arranged three of his sonatas into keyboard concertos. For a duration of twenty years Johann Christian was the most popular musician of London. However, at the end of his life the popularity of his music began to fade.
Just like his father, Johann Christian left a considerable oeuvre, comprising of more than 90 symphonies, some 30 sonatas, about 40 concerti and 14 operas.

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