Willem van Otterloo

The Original Recordings 1951-1966

Format: CD
Label: Challenge Classics
UPC: 0608917238327
Catnr: CC 72383
Release date: 04 March 2011
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Challenge Classics
UPC
0608917238327
Catalogue number
CC 72383
Release date
04 March 2011

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About the album

Van Otterloo’s recording career began in 1946, while he was still conductor of the Utrechts Stedelijk Orkest. He made twenty recordings for Decca with The Hague Philharmonic, all on fragile 78-rpm black shellac discs, mainly accompanying Dutch opera singers and a single violin soloist, Zoltan Szekely (Glazunov’s Violin Concerto). One exception – much to the displeasure of The Hague Philharmonic’s then-conductor – was Brahms’s Tragic Overture, recorded in 1947. In 1950 Philips introduced the long-playing record, the ‘LP’, and from the outset Van Otterloo was the label’s ‘house conductor’ and The Hague Philharmonic the house orchestra.

Of Philips’ first eight LPs releases, half are with WvO/RO. This collaboration would continue until 1961: he recorded a total of 121 compositions with The Hague Philharmonic, all but one in the spacious acoustics of the Concert-gebouw in Amsterdam. In addition to his own orchestra (RO), Van Otterloo made two recordings with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, two with the Berliner Philharmoniker, seventeen with the Wiener Symphoniker and two with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra for Philips Phonographische Industrie. Philips also brought Van Otterloo to Paris in 1953 to record six compositions by Hector Berlioz with the Orchestre des Concerts Lamoureux – works that by all rights should have been included in this collection, were it not for the fact that they are substandard recordings, made in a bone-dry hall devoid of all acoustics.

After the contract with Philips ended in 1961, WvO/RO made six recordings for DGG, including two particularly fine performances of Haydn’s Symphony No. 45 and Symphony No. 55 (WvO/RO Box 1, Challenge Classics CC 72142).

Following a lull in his recording career – just ten recordings for the budget label Muzikale Meesterwerken (Concert Hall) – Van Otterloo resumed his recording activities in Australia: six recordings with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra for ABC and twentysix with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, issued by WRC, ABC, AMC, RCA and Chandos. In addition to a number of contemporary Australian composers, highlights from this period include Mozart (Gran Partita), Frank Martin (Petite Symphonie Concertante), various works by Debussy and Ravel, and an album with seven works by Beethoven. In July 1978 he recorded Stravinsky’s Le sacre du printemps with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. Two days after the final recording session Van Otterloo was killed in an automobile accident in Melbourne. He was 70 years old. (source: linernotes with cd The Original Recordings 1951-1966 )
Herontdekking van een 's Nederlands beste dirigenten
Dit unieke album bevat originele opnames van de beroemde dirigent Willem van Otterloo's repertoire van 1951 tot 1966. Deze opnames zijn gemaakt met wereldberoemde orkesten zoals het Residentie Orkest, het Koninklijk Concertgebouworkest, de Wiener Symfoniker en de Berliner Philharmoniker.

Herontdek een van de beste dirigenten uit de Nederlandse geschiedenis dankzij deze gedigitaliseerde historische opnames. Het album is een initiatief van de Stichting Willem van Otterloo en is mede mogelijk gemaakt door de genereuze bijdrage van Het Kersjes Fonds.

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Willem van Otterloo
Willem van Otterloo was born in 1907. He studied medicine briefly in Utrecht and played saxophone in the student dance orchestra Tower Town Band.
 He subsequently studied cello and composition at the Amsterdam Conservatory. One of his first large-scale compositions, the Third Orchestral Suite (1932), won first prize in a competition held by the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. When conductor Willem Mengelberg withdrew due to illness, the young composer was invited to conduct the work himself.

In 1932 Van Otterloo joined the cello section of the Utrechts Stedelijk Orkest (Utrecht Municipal Orchestra); in 1933 he became the orchestra’s assistant conductor and in 1937 was promoted to principal conductor. From 1946-1948 he also conducted at De Nederlandse Opera, and from 1947-1949 was conductor of the Radio Philharmonic Orchestra.

In 1949 he took up the post of chief conductor of the The Hague Philharmonic (Residentie Orkest), at that time a lacklustre ensemble. He is credited with boosting the quality of the orchestra in a remarkably short period of time. Let us not forget what it meant in those days to be a chief conductor: eight months a year with the orchestra, active participation in the orchestra’s organization and structure, and the responsibility for a huge number of concerts – nearly a hundred per year. By January 1961 he had already conducted his 1000th concert with The Hague Philharmonic.

Before long, the RO had become an outstanding ensemble that, in those years, even vied with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. The Hague Philharmonic also attracted the world’s top guest conductors: Pierre Monteux, Charles Munch, Eugen Jochum, Carlo Maria Giulini, Hans Rosbaud, Karl Böhm, Rafaël Kubelik, John Barbirolli, Antal Dorati, Günter Wand, Jean Martinon and Leopold Stokowski.

Van Otterloo’s composers of choice in those days were Haydn, Schubert, 
Berlioz, Brahms, Franck, Bruckner, Reger, Ravel, Bartók and Stravinsky. But he also conducted works such as Alban Berg’s Lulu Symphony, excerpts from Wozzeck, the Drei Orchesterstücke and the Kammerkonzert; the Fünf Orchesterstücke, Variationen für Orchester, Begleitungsmusik z.e. Lichtspielszene by Schoenberg; Anton Webern’s Fünf and Sechs Orchesterstücke and Variations für Orchester; the Fifth and Sixth Symphony by Karl Amadeus Hartmann; works by Varèse (Arcana), Ives (Three Places in New England) and more than three hundred works by contemporary Dutch composers.

In 1962 he returned to lead the Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, in a co-directorship with Jean Fournet. In 1972 he left The Hague Philharmonic, taking up posts with orchestras in Düsseldorf, Tokyo and Melbourne. His last position was as chief conductor of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.

Willem van Otterloo was by no means a glamour-seeker or showman. The music itself had the highest priority. His consummate knowledge of each and every score was legendary, and he conducted nearly all the larger works from memory. But above all he was a true orchestral trainer. He worked tirelessly on intonation (he could sing entire chords flawlessly), rhythmic precision and consistency in sound and timbre. He preferred taut, brisk tempos; he demanded orchestral discipline and total control; he had the uncanny ability to maintain a coherent musical line and never lost sight of the structure and form. In these respects Van Otterloo was perfectly suited to the recording studio.

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The Label Challenge, which already released a considerably collection of van Otterloo's recordings, now releases a further box with recordings from 1951 to 1966, which shows once again the wide repertoire of the consuctor and his upright handling with the score.
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Disc #1
01.
The Bartered Bride: Overture
06:32
02.
The Bartered Bride: Polka, Fyriant Dance of the Comedians
12:11
03.
Les Eolides
08:39
04.
Symphony in d: Lento Allegro non troppo Allegro
17:23
05.
Symphony in d: Allegretto
10:22
06.
Symphony in d: Allegro non troppo
09:31

Disc #2
01.
Symphony no. 5 in c op. 67: Allegro con brio
07:28
02.
Symphony no. 5 in c op. 67: Andante con moto
10:27
03.
Symphony no. 5 in c op. 67: Allegro
05:12
04.
Symphony no. 5 in c op. 67: Allegro
08:41
05.
Overture Fidelio
06:13
06.
Symphony no. 5 in B flat D 485: Allegro
06:41
07.
Symphony no. 5 in B flat D 485: Andante con moto
10:28
08.
Symphony no. 5 in B flat D 485: Minuetto - Allegro molto
04:52
09.
Symphony no. 5 in B flat D 485: Allegro Vivace
05:16
10.
Akademische Festouvertüre op. 80
10:31

Disc #3
01.
Symphony no. 7 in E: Allegro moderato
18:24
02.
Symphony no. 7 in E: Adagio
24:54
03.
Symphony no. 7 in E: Scherzo - Trio
09:43
04.
Symphony no. 7 in E: Finale
11:05

Disc #4
01.
Siegfried Iddyll
16:41
02.
Symphony no. 3 in c op. 78: Adagio - Allegro moderato
08:35
03.
Symphony no. 3 in c op. 78: Poco Adagio
08:41
04.
Symphony no. 3 in c op. 78: Allegro moderato - Presto
06:52
05.
Symphony no. 3 in c op. 78: Maestoso - Allegro
07:06
06.
Concerto for piano and orchestra no. 1 in f sharp op. 1: Vivace
12:23
07.
Concerto for piano and orchestra no. 1 in f sharp op. 1: Andante
05:43
08.
Concerto for piano and orchestra no. 1 in f sharp op. 1: Allegro vivace
07:32

Disc #5
01.
Concerto for piano and orchestra no. 2 in c op 18: Moderato
10:30
02.
Concerto for piano and orchestra no. 2 in c op 18: Adagio sostenuto
11:32
03.
Concerto for piano and orchestra no. 2 in c op 18: Allegro Scherzando
11:44
04.
Psyché: Le sommeil de Psyché
07:04
05.
Psyché: Psyché enlevée pas les Zephirs
02:19
06.
Psyché: Les jardin d'Eros
03:18
07.
Psyché: Psyché et Eros
13:55
08.
Psyché: Le Châtiment
15:36

Disc #6
01.
Symphony no. 6 in F op. 68 'Pastoral': Allegro ma non troppo
11:37
02.
Symphony no. 6 in F op. 68 'Pastoral': Andante molto mosso
12:48
03.
Symphony no. 6 in F op. 68 'Pastoral': Allegro
05:27
04.
Symphony no. 6 in F op. 68 'Pastoral': Allegro
03:27
05.
Symphony no. 6 in F op. 68 'Pastoral': Allegretto
09:20
06.
Concerto for piano an orchestra no. 3 in c op. 37: Allegro con brio
16:02
07.
Concerto for piano an orchestra no. 3 in c op. 37: Largo
08:44
08.
Concerto for piano an orchestra no. 3 in c op. 37: Rondo
08:55

Disc #7
01.
Turkish March op. 113
01:45
02.
Violin Romance no. 1 G op. 40
08:02
03.
Violin Romance no. 1 G op. 40
09:11
04.
Overture Rosamunde D 644
09:54
05.
Rákoczy March
04:15
06.
Symphony no. 2 in C: Allegro
07:09
07.
Symphony no. 2 in C: Adagio ma non troppo
05:03
08.
Symphony no. 2 in C: Minuetto (Allegro)
01:58
09.
Symphony no. 2 in C: Finale (Scherzo - Presto)
02:52
10.
Coronation March: (opera 'Le Prophete')
03:56
11.
Overture der Freischütz
08:44
12.
Two Elegiac Melodies op. 34 for string orchestra: Heart Wounds
03:39
13.
Two Elegiac Melodies op. 34 for string orchestra: Last Spring
05:05
14.
March op. 33 bis
01:36
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