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Horizon 6: Contemporary Works of Detlev Glanert, Michel van der AA, Luc Brewaeys & Louis Andriessen / Janine Jansen, violin; Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra; Vladimir Jurowski, Xian Zhang et al.

Album Summary

>Glanert, Detlev : Frenesia, for orchestra
>Aa, Michel van der : Concerto for Violin
>Brewaeys, Luc : Symphony no 6
>Brewaeys, Luc : Along the Shores of Lorn, for orchestra
Conductors Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

With this sixth issue in the Horizon Series the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra once again confirms its commitment to contemporary music. It features a mix of world premieres, RCO-commissioned works and other recently written music, opening with house composer Detlev Glanert's expressive Frenesia. Vladimir Jurowski conducts the RCO and Janine Jansen in Michel van der Aa's eclectic Violin Concerto. The Belgian spectralist composer Luc Brewaeys is represented with two works: The Sixth Symphony and Along the Shores of Lorn, conducted by David Robertson and Otto Tausk. This SACD comes with a bonus DVD containing the world premiere of Louis Andriessen's Mysterien (Mysteries), an historic event marking the 125th birthday of the RCO.

American Record Guide, September/October 2015

American Record Guide, September/October 2015
The fun here is getting introduced to some very strong contemporary music performed by one of the world's great orchestras under five renowned conductors. Detlev Glanert's Frenesia is a sizzling, glamorous opener. Luc Brewaeys's Along the Shores of Lorn evokes "the complex taste of a good whiskey" as only the intoxicating textures of the Concertgebouw Orchestra could possibly do. The same composer's Symphony 6, a spooky, static, and captivating exercise in "spectralism" (defined as "music from the inside out"), again gets a special frisson from this amazing orchestra, which can make the most forbidding contemporary material sound tolerable and often beautiful. Michel van der Aa's Violin Concerto is a strident, somewhat sinister work that allows the theatrical violin artistry of Janine Jansen to shine.

There is also a bonus DVD included: Andriessen's Mysterien, inspired by Thomas a Kempis's Imitation of Christ. This massive work was commissioned to celebrate the RCO's 125th anniversary. The DVD is well produced, and it's fascinating to watch Mariss Jansons and the RSO just to see how they produce the work's mysterious, often peculiar, finally consoling sounds.

The entire program, gorgeously recorded, is a testament to the RSO's commitment to new music and its ability to put it over better than just about anybody.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Concertgebouw Amsterdam (01/23/2014/01/24/2014); Concertgebouw Amsterdam (11/06/2014/11/07/2014); Concertgebouw Amsterdam (12/12/2014); Concertgebouw Amsterdam (12/14/2012).



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Works Details

>Glanert, Detlev : Frenesia, for orchestra
  • Conductor: Xian Zhang
  • Ensemble: Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
  • Notes: Concertgebouw Amsterdam (01/23/2014/01/24/2014)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Aa, Michel van der : Concerto for Violin
  • Conductor: Vladimir Jurowski
  • Ensemble: Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
  • Notes: 11/06/2014/11/07/2014
  • Running Time: 8 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Concerto
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Brewaeys, Luc : Symphony no 6
  • Conductor: David Robertson
  • Ensemble: Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
  • Running Time: 13 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 2000
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Brewaeys, Luc : Along the Shores of Lorn, for orchestra
  • Conductor: Otto Tausk
  • Ensemble: Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
  • Running Time: 22 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 2004
  • Studio/Live: Live