Netherlands Symphony Orchestra


Format: CD
Label: Challenge Classics
UPC: 0608917456622
Catnr: NEDS 1301
Release date: 21 May 2013
1 CD
Challenge Classics
Catalogue number
NEDS 1301
Release date
21 May 2013

About the album

This album introduces the Netherlands Symphony Orchestra with works among others by Vivaldi, Beethoven, Rossini and Mahler.
Een introductie tot het Nederlands Symfonieorkest/Orkest van het Oosten
Dit album vormt een introductie tot het Orkest van het Oosten, dat van 2011 tot 2014 bekendstond onder de naam Nederlands Symfonieorkest. Deze naam werd gekozen omdat het orkest zich in het buitenland presenteerde als het Netherlands Symphony Orchestra. Het Nederlands Philharmonisch Orkest maakte echter bezwaar tegen de naamswijziging omdat de namen van de twee orkesten te veel op elkaar zouden lijken. In 2015 werd de oorspronkelijke naam van het orkest uit Enschede, Orkest van het Oosten, weer opgepakt.

Het Orkest van het Oosten geeft ongeveer 75 concerten per jaar, zowel in kleinere plaatsen in Overijssel als in grote zalen in de Randstad. Daarnaast heeft het tournees naar Engeland, Spanje en de Verenigde Staten gemaakt, en begeleidt het orkest producties van de Nationale Reisopera.

Het album bevat opnames van werken van onder andere Vivaldi, Beethoven, Rossini en Mahler, waarin het orkest onder leiding staat van Jan Willem de Vriend, die vanaf 2006 chef-dirigent is en in 2017 wordt opgevolgd door Ed Spanjaard.


The Netherlands Symphony Orchestra is based in Enschede, in the province of Overijssel. Performing at an international level, as evidenced by its highly acclaimed CDs and invitations for international tours, the orchestra is firmly rooted in society.

Jan Willem de Vriend has been its artistic director and chief conductor since 2006. Under De Vriend’s leadership, the orchestra has expanded its repertoire to cover music from four centuries. Its use of period instruments in the Classical repertoire gives the orchestra a distinctive and highly individual character.

The Netherlands Symphony Orchestra performs amongst others in Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Utrecht, Enschede, Zwolle and Deventer. In addition, it often works with the Dutch National Touring Opera Company. In its home town Enschede, the orchestra builds on a symphonic tradition of more than 80 years, and it is known as one of the most modern and entrepreneurial orchestras in the Netherlands. Its international partners include the BBC Philharmonic and the Liszt School of Music Weimar.

The Netherlands Symphony Orchestra created a number of ensembles, such as a chamber orchestra, the Baroque Academy of the Netherlands Symphony Orchestra (BANSO) and various chamber music ensembles. The orchestra’s commitment to expanding its social relevance is also reflected in the large number of projects in which education is a key element.
The Netherlands Symphony Orchestra has made successful tours of the United States, Spain and England, and it has performed in such famous venues as Carnegie Hall in New York and Birmingham Symphony Hall. Its CDs of the complete Beethoven symphonies (for Challenge Classics) and music by Dutch composers such as Julius Röntgen and Jan van Gilse (for the CPO label) were very well received by the international music press.

The orchestra has worked with distinguished conductors, such as its former chief conductor Jaap van Zweden, Vasily Petrenko, Edo de Waart, Hans Vonk, Gerd Albrecht, Marc Soustrot, Eri Klas, Ed Spanjaard, Claus Peter Flor and Tan Dun.

It also has accompanied many celebrated soloists, including Gidon Kremer, Ronald Brautigam, Natalia Gutman, Charlotte Margiono, Antje Weithaas, Marie-Luise Neunecker, Hélène Grimaud, Robert Holl, Fazil Say, Jean-Yves Thibaudet and Thomas Zehetmair.

The Netherlands Symphony Orchestra is financially supported by the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, the Province of Overijssel and the Municipality of Enschede, as well as annual contributions from sponsors.


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