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Symphony no. 3

Jaap van Zweden / Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra

Symphony no. 3

Price: € 12.95
Format: SACD hybrid
Label: Challenge Classics
UPC: 0608917255126
Catnr: CC 72551
Release date: 16 January 2013
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Challenge Classics
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0608917255126
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CC 72551
Release date
16 January 2013

"One cannot imagine a finer performance than this, being so wunderfully played and recorded and interpreted with genuine love and insight - rare qualities today."

Musical Opinion, 01-12-2013
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About the album

Jaap van Zweden is currently releasing the cycle of Bruckner symphonies with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic for Octavia and Challenge Records International, with symphonies 2, 4, 5, 7 and 9 already released to great critical acclaim. This is the 3rd Symphony! Van Zweden is a master real master when it comes to Bruckner. He understands this music like no other conductor at this moment.
Bruckners Derde Symfonie door de ware Bruckner dirigent
Dit album is onderdeel van de serie met alle opnames van de symfonieën van Bruckner door Jaap van Zweden en het Radio Filharmonisch Orkest. Deze editie bevat de Derde Symfonie. De albums met symfonie nr. 2, 4, 5, 7, en 9 werden hoog gewaardeerd door de critici. Als het om het uitvoeren van Bruckner gaat, is Jaap van Zweden een echte meester. Hij begrijpt Bruckners muziek als geen ander.

Nadat de een mogelijke uitvoering van de Derde Symfonie in Wenen drie keer werd afgewezen, lukte het Bruckner eindelijk om een uitvoering te regelen op 16 december 1877. Omdat er geen dirigent was die het werk wilde uitvoeren, dirigeerde Bruckner zelf. Hij was echter niet gewend om een orkest te leiden, waardoor er tijdens de repetities van alles mis ging. Het programma van het concert was ook niet in Bruckners voordeel. Zijn symfonie stond aan het einde van een zeer lang programma. Het publiek was nog wel fit genoeg om op de symfonie te reageren. Het publiek siste, floot en lachte om het werk. De kritiek was zo erg, dat Bruckner uit de concertzaal wilde vluchten. Bruckner heeft later ook meerdere aanpassingen gemaakt. Hij kreeg pas in 1890 succes met zijn derde versie. Tegenwoordig is de versie uit 1877 het populairst.

Bruckner 3 mit Jaap van Zweden
Jaap van Zweden setzt hiermit seinen exzellenten Bruckner-Zyklus fort, den er beim japanischen Label EXTON begonnen hat und nun bei Challenge Classics zu Ende führt. Ungewöhnliche Tempi und ein herausragender Klang zeichnen diese Aufnahme aus.
Jaap van Zweden wird vom Publikum gefeiert und von den Kritikern mit bedeutenden Preisen ausgezeichnet. Seine Einspielung des „Parsifal“ von Richard Wagner wurde mit dem „Edison Klassiek Award“ geehrt, das amerikanische Musikmagazin „Musical America“ kürte den Niederländer zum „Besten Dirigenten des Jahres 2012“. Seine Einspielung von Bruckners Sinfonie Nr. 3 setzt die Reihe nach den Sinfonien Nr. 2, 4, 5, 7 und 9 mit einer weiteren Referenzaufnahme fort.

Artist(s)

Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra

The Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra gave its first concert on 7 October 1945, led by its founder and ‘first conductor‘ Albert van Raalte, on Radio “Herrijzend Nederland”. Initially the orchestra spent most of its time in studios working on a large number of recordings for the public broadcasting system. The Netherlands Radio Philharmonic featured prominently in the Saturday Matinee as soon as the series started in 1961, and has continued to give frequent live performances ever since. The celebrated Saturday Matinee has hosted many legendary concerts. Illustrious soloists such as Kathleen Ferrier, Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Clara Haskil and Jean-Pierre Rampal have shared the stage with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2004, the three classical orchestral formations of the broadcasting 15 system...
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The Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra gave its first concert on 7 October 1945, led by its founder and ‘first conductor‘ Albert van Raalte, on Radio “Herrijzend Nederland”. Initially the orchestra spent most of its time in studios working on a large number of recordings for the public broadcasting system. The Netherlands Radio Philharmonic featured prominently in the Saturday Matinee as soon as the series started in 1961, and has continued to give frequent live performances ever since. The celebrated Saturday Matinee has hosted many legendary concerts. Illustrious soloists such as Kathleen Ferrier, Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Clara Haskil and Jean-Pierre Rampal have shared the stage with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra.
In 2004, the three classical orchestral formations of the broadcasting 15 system were transformed into two: the present Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra and the Netherlands Radio Chamber Philharmonic. In 2006, these two orchestras, the Netherlands Radio Choir and the Metropole Orchestra joined the Dutch public broadcasting organisation NPO.
The Radio Philharmonic Orchestra has been conducted by great names such as Bernard Haitink, Jean Fournet, Hans Vonk, Sergiu Comissiona and Edo de Waart. Jaap van Zweden was named its chief conductor in September 2005. The orchestra has also worked with numerous famed guest conductors such as Leopold Stokowski, Kirill Kondrashin, Antál Dorati, Riccardo Muti, Kurt Masur and Valery Gergiev. Soon after its founding, the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic found itself foremost in Dutch musical life in the number of performances and the diversity of its repertoire, with a predilection for Dutch and contemporary works in its programming. It has honed another facet of its striking profile with a great many opera concertante performances. The orchestra has an extensive discography, ranging from legendary LPs recorded in the 1970s under such conductors as Leopold Stokowski and Antal Doráti to Jean Fournet’s much-lauded renderings of French repertoire. Under Edo de Waart, not only did it release its legendary Wagner interpretations, but also the complete orchestral works of Rachmaninov. CDs with work by contemporary composers such as Jonathan Harvey, Klas Torstensson, Jan van Vlijmen and Stravinsky have garnered prizes and much acclaim.

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Jaap van Zweden (conductor)

Born in Amsterdam in 1960, Jaap Van Zweden began his musical career as a violinist, becoming at nineteen the youngest ever concertmaster of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra.  In 1997, van Zweden made his decision to conduct full time, played his last concert as a violinist with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and was named the chief conductor of the Netherlands Symphony Orchestra where he remained until 2003. In 2000, he added the music directorship of the Residentie Orchestra of The Hague to his credits, a post he held until 2005. Jaap van Zweden began his third season as music director of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra in September 2010. His commitment to the orchestra was recently extended through the 2015-2016 season. Under his...
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Born in Amsterdam in 1960, Jaap Van Zweden began his musical career as a violinist, becoming at nineteen the youngest ever concertmaster of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. In 1997, van Zweden made his decision to conduct full time, played his last concert as a violinist with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and was named the chief conductor of the Netherlands Symphony Orchestra where he remained until 2003. In 2000, he added the music directorship of the Residentie Orchestra of The Hague to his credits, a post he held until 2005.
Jaap van Zweden began his third season as music director of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra in September 2010. His commitment to the orchestra was recently extended through the 2015-2016 season. Under his direction, the orchestra is enhancing its programming and community outreach, continuing to champion new composers, and raising its national profile with an annual residency in Vail, CO and a 2011 appearance at Carnegie Hall in the inaugural Spring for Music Festival. Concurrently with his post in Dallas, van Zweden’s other titled positions include chief conductor and artistic director of the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra (2005-2012), and chief conductor of the Royal Flemish Philharmonic Orchestra of Belgium (2008-2012).
Under van Zweden’s leadership, the DSO has established an ongoing residency at the Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival through the summer of 2012, and debuted five world premiere works over two seasons as part of the DSO’s Texas Instruments Classical Series. Throughout the past seasons, the orchestra, under van Zweden's leadership, has received lavish praise from notable media including The New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Musical America, The Financial Times, BBC Music Magazine, The Dallas Morning News and many others. In a December 2009 article in The LA Times, Mark Swed named van Zweden one of the”Faces to Watch“ in 2010, noting van Zweden “knows how to generate tense, tactile excitement in all kinds of music.” Van Zweden has also become a highly sought-after guest artist since the DSO introduced him to US audiences in 2007. During the 2010-2011 season, van Zweden debuts with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, San Paulo Symphony, Zurich’s Tonhalle Orchestra and the Monte Carlo Philharmonic. He makes his much-anticipated fourth guest appearance with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and returns to guest conduct with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Saint Louis Symphony and the London Philharmonic Orchestra.
He also has guested with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestras, St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Orchestre National de France, Orchestre National du Capital de Toulouse, Munich Philharmonic, Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, Sydney and Melbourne Symphony Orchestras, Hong Kong Philharmonic and Tokyo Philharmonic, among others.

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Composer(s)

Anton Bruckner

Anton Bruckner was an Austrian composer known for his symphonies, masses, and motets. The first are considered emblematic of the final stage of Austro-German Romanticism because of their rich harmonic language, strongly polyphonic character, and considerable length. Bruckner's compositions helped to define contemporary musical radicalism, owing to their dissonances, unprepared modulations, and roving harmonies. Bruckner was greatly admired by subsequent composers including his friend Gustav Mahler, who described him as 'half simpleton, half God'. Coming from a small farmer's village, Bruckner started his music education early, which he continued for a long time. Due to a mix of insecurity and eagerness to learn, Bruckner rushed from one study into another and he showed himself as a fanatic, but also remarkably talented,...
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Anton Bruckner was an Austrian composer known for his symphonies, masses, and motets. The first are considered emblematic of the final stage of Austro-German Romanticism because of their rich harmonic language, strongly polyphonic character, and considerable length. Bruckner's compositions helped to define contemporary musical radicalism, owing to their dissonances, unprepared modulations, and roving harmonies. Bruckner was greatly admired by subsequent composers including his friend Gustav Mahler, who described him as "half simpleton, half God".

Coming from a small farmer's village, Bruckner started his music education early, which he continued for a long time. Due to a mix of insecurity and eagerness to learn, Bruckner rushed from one study into another and he showed himself as a fanatic, but also remarkably talented, student. He started composing at an early age, but he considered everything before his 39th as mere practice. Bruckner never became a stable composer and relied on in short phases of creative energy. After these phases, he would spend ages revising his work. In particular his symphonies received countless revisions and new editions, which was also due to his insecurity, he was quite sensitive to criticism.

The premier of his Third Symphony was a disaster: a large part of the audience left the concert hall and a devastating review appeared afterwards. Luckily, appreciation for his work grew and at the time of his death, even the great Brahms attended his funeral.


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Press

One cannot imagine a finer performance than this, being so wunderfully played and recorded and interpreted with genuine love and insight - rare qualities today.
Musical Opinion, 01-12-2013

Jaap van Zweden is now the leading interpreter of Bruckner's Symphonies, and has trained his orchestra to perform them brilliantly. This is a leading recommendation. 
BBC Music Magazine, 01-10-2013

Van Zwden lets his orchestra play comfortably and that is what you hear in the loud passages, where the Radio Orchestra Philharmonich sounds smooth and warm
Kwadratuur, 24-9-2013

The orchestra plays with agility and plenty of rhythmic energy
International Record Review, 01-7-2013

This is a resplendent addition to an important cycle in the making.
Gramophone, 01-6-2013

Music lovers will not be disappointed by this record, also because of its extraordinary recording quality.
http://www.sonograma.org, 29-5-2013

5 stars Van Zweden has an enviably straightforward way with Bruckner, favouring well-blended textures at points where other conductors have sought virtuoso blaze, always managing to move with an easy, natural gait, and achieving climactic impact without even resorting to excessive force.
Irish Times, 03-5-2013

Recording of the month Jaap van Zweden is one of the most seasoned Bruckner conductors working today and this new version of Bruckner's Third is undoubtedly a major achievement.
Music Web International, 01-5-2013

For this recording the 'Zweiter Fassung' from 1877 was chosen, resulting in this impressive sound and  masterful uncomplicated performance.
Platomania, 17-2-2013

Beautiful construction of climaxes and excellent balance between the four parts.
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Symphony no. 6
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Symphony No. 8
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