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The clarinet as prima donna

Roeland Hendrikx

The clarinet as prima donna

Format: CD
Label: Evil Penguin
UPC: 0608917724028
Catnr: EPRC 0053
Release date: 05 May 2023
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Label
Evil Penguin
UPC
0608917724028
Catalogue number
EPRC 0053
Release date
05 May 2023

"The moving aria from Der Freischütz, whose main component is the masterful main theme of the opera - it circles through the air like a lark - works surprisingly well on the clarinet. Hendrikx knows what to do with it. Just as he audibly enjoys the breakneck antics towards the end of the finale of the Second Clarinet Concerto. Finally, the Variations on a theme from the opera Silvana provide an additional showcase for the versatility of the clarinet. The Rheinische Philharmonie under the Belgian Michel Tilkin plays excellently and the whole is beautifully captured."

Luister, 01-9-2023
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This recording celebrates Carl Maria von Weber’s unrivalled talent to turn the clarinet into an opera diva, to make it talk, sing, cry and shine. But Belgian virtuoso Roeland Hendrikx also teams up with award-winning arranger Andreas Tarkmann and the Rheinische Philharmonie to solve a number of other riddles surrounding “the first German Romantic”. What was the division of labour between Weber and his clarinettist of choice, Heinrich Baermann? How much Baermann do we have to scrape off to meet the real Weber? And crucially, how much Tarkmann do we have to inject to find the full Weber?
  • Diese Aufnahme würdigt das unvergleichliche Talent Carl Maria von Webers, die Klarinette wie eine Operndiva sprechen, singen, weinen und strahlen zu lassen. Neben dem belgischen Virtuosen Roeland Hendrikx haben sich auch der preisgekrönte Arrangeur Andreas Tarkmann und das Staatsorchester Rheinische Philharmonie an der Beantwortung einer Reihe von Fragen beteiligt, die sich über den „ersten deutschen Romantiker" stellen. Welche Arbeitsteilung bestand zwischen Weber und Heinrich Baermann, seinem favorisierten Klarinettisten? Wie viel Baermann müssen wir eliminieren, um zum echten Weber vorzudringen? Und vor allem: Wie viel Tarkmann braucht es, um den ganzen Weber zu entdecken?



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Roeland Hendrikx (clarinet)

Hendrikx is in high demand as a concert soloist, and he has appeared with a great selection of acclaimed orchestras. Especially noteworthy was his recent Mozart tour across Flanders and The Netherlands with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, under the baton of Edward Gardner.  Roeland Hendrikx’ presence on concert stages around the world should not obscure his deep love of chamber music. Hendrikx has cooperated with acclaimed colleagues like Severin Von Eckardstein, Liebrecht Vanbeckevoort, Jan Michiels, the Panocha Quartet, Tempera Quartet, Doric Quartet, Danel Quartet, Silesian String Quartet and the Berliner Philharmoniker Streichquintett. In 2015, Roeland founded the Roeland Hendrikx Ensemble, which focuses on the rich repertoire for clarinet, piano and strings. Hendrikx’s latest release “The clarinet as prima donna” features clarinet concertos...
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Hendrikx is in high demand as a concert soloist, and he has appeared with a great selection of acclaimed orchestras. Especially noteworthy was his recent Mozart tour across Flanders and The Netherlands with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, under the baton of Edward Gardner.

Roeland Hendrikx’ presence on concert stages around the world should not obscure his deep love of chamber music. Hendrikx has cooperated with acclaimed colleagues like Severin Von Eckardstein, Liebrecht Vanbeckevoort, Jan Michiels, the Panocha Quartet, Tempera Quartet, Doric Quartet, Danel Quartet, Silesian String Quartet and the Berliner Philharmoniker Streichquintett. In 2015, Roeland founded the Roeland Hendrikx Ensemble, which focuses on the rich repertoire for clarinet, piano and strings.

Hendrikx’s latest release “The clarinet as prima donna” features clarinet concertos and opera arias by Carl Maria von Weber with the Rheinische Philharmonie and award-winning arranger Andreas Tarkmann, who fashioned a new cadenza for the first concerto, and recomposed Leise, leise, the central aria from Der Freischütz, for clarinet and orchestra.

Roeland Hendrikx’s other recording activities bear testimony to an unusual versatility. In 2018, he enlisted the venerable London Philharmonic Orchestra to enregister the Mozart, Finzi and Bruch concertos, an accomplishment that “had it all”, according to Diapason: “accuracy, lyricism, elegance”. Following this large-scale extravaganza, Hendrikx scaled down to smaller line-ups. In 2020 he tackled Steve Reich’s New York Counterpoint in an immersive recording adventure (called The Harmony of Isolation), followed by a crossover project which fused Saint-Saëns Carnaval des Animaux and Apollinaire’s literary Bestiaire in a chamber-musical Animal Farm, hailed by France Musique as a “magnificent rearrangement (…) of compositions at once musical, pictorial, and poetic”.

Roeland has many acclaimed chamber music recordings to his credit, including the Mozart and Brahms Clarinet Quintets (“chamber music at its best” – De Standaard), the Debussy and Poulenc Sonatas (“a delight” –Gramophone), and the Clarinet Quintet by Piet Swerts (“infinitely seductive” – Resmusica).


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Michel Tilkin (conductor)

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Carl Maria von Weber

Carl Maria von Weber was a German composer, conductor, pianist, guitarist and critic, one of the first significant composers of the Romantic school. Weber's operas Der Freischütz, Euryanthe and Oberon greatly influenced the development of the Romantische Oper (Romantic opera) in Germany. Der Freischütz came to be regarded as the first German 'nationalist' opera, Euryanthe developed the Leitmotif technique to an unprecedented degree, while Oberon may have influenced Mendelssohn's music for A Midsummer Night's Dream and, at the same time, revealed Weber's lifelong interest in the music of non-Western cultures. This interest was first manifested in Weber's incidental music for Schiller's translation of Gozzi's Turandot, for which he used a Chinese melody, making him the first Western composer to use an...
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Carl Maria von Weber was a German composer, conductor, pianist, guitarist and critic, one of the first significant composers of the Romantic school.
Weber's operas Der Freischütz, Euryanthe and Oberon greatly influenced the development of the Romantische Oper (Romantic opera) in Germany. Der Freischütz came to be regarded as the first German "nationalist" opera, Euryanthe developed the Leitmotif technique to an unprecedented degree, while Oberon may have influenced Mendelssohn's music for A Midsummer Night's Dream and, at the same time, revealed Weber's lifelong interest in the music of non-Western cultures. This interest was first manifested in Weber's incidental music for Schiller's translation of Gozzi's Turandot, for which he used a Chinese melody, making him the first Western composer to use an Asian tune that was not of the pseudo-Turkish kind popularised by Mozart and others.

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The moving aria from Der Freischütz, whose main component is the masterful main theme of the opera - it circles through the air like a lark - works surprisingly well on the clarinet. Hendrikx knows what to do with it. Just as he audibly enjoys the breakneck antics towards the end of the finale of the Second Clarinet Concerto. Finally, the Variations on a theme from the opera Silvana provide an additional showcase for the versatility of the clarinet. The Rheinische Philharmonie under the Belgian Michel Tilkin plays excellently and the whole is beautifully captured.
Luister, 01-9-2023

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