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Jan van Gilse: Symphonies no 1 & 2 / Porcelijn, Netherlands SO

Album Summary

>van Gilse, Jan : Symphony no 1 in F major
>van Gilse, Jan : Symphony no 2 in E flat major
Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

In 1933 Richard Strauss, who knew van Gilse and valued him, asked him whether he might like to enlist himself on the international level for worldwide rights for composers. Van Gilse, who until that date had moved back and forth between Germany and Holland, turned down the offer because he feared that the Nazis might use him for their own purposes. His opposition to the new German government knew no compromises: "In a country in which art is judged not by its value but by its race, I would prefer not to have my works performed." When he died of cancer of in 1944, he was a discredited and forgotten man in the Netherlands. Now at last he is receiving the rehabilitation he deserves. Van Gilse was in no way a musical innovator; he stood firmly on the foundation of tonal late romanticism and wrote music of glistening beauty.

Gramophone Magazine
... the symphonies here... are well made, attractive to the ear and substantial concert items. David Porcelijn directs fine accounts and the Netherlands Symphony Orchestra respond warmly to the music.



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>van Gilse, Jan : Symphony no 1 in F major
  • Conductor: David Porcelijn
  • Ensemble: Netherlands Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Enschede Musikzentrum (09/03/2007-09/07/2007)
  • Running Time: 33 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>van Gilse, Jan : Symphony no 2 in E flat major
  • Conductor: David Porcelijn
  • Ensemble: Netherlands Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Enschede Musikzentrum (09/03/2007-09/07/2007)
  • Running Time: 33 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern