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Jan Van der Roost (b.1956): Spartacus, symphonic tone poem; Poeme Montagnard; Sinfonietta 'Suito Sketches' / Philharmonic Winds OSAKAN, Van der Roost

Album Summary

>Van der Roost, Jan : Spartacus, symphonic tone poem
>Van der Roost, Jan : Poème Montagnard, for orchestra
>Van der Roost, Jan : Sinfonietta, for wind ensemble
Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

The prolific and internationally admired composer Jan Van der Roost is represented here by three compositions that are very different in style and inspiration. His much admired tone poem Spartacus is a homage to Ottorino Respighi, whose sense of colour and imagination have long fascinated Van der Roost. The expressive "mountain poem" Poeme Montagnard depicts the wonderful natural scenery of the Aosta Valley and the Sinfonietta "Suito Sketches" consists of four contrasting movements exploring the qualities and virtuosic possibilities of the modern wind orchestra. Based in Osaka Prefecture, Philharmonic Winds OSAKAN is Japan's first professional wind ensemble.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Daito Culture Center Thirty Hall, Osaka (09/23/2012); Izumi Hall, Osaka, Japan (09/23/2012); Daito Culture Center Thirty Hall, Osaka (09/23/2014); Izumi Hall, Osaka, Japan (09/23/2014); Daito Culture Center Thirty Hall, Osaka (09/25/2011); Izumi Hall, Osaka, Japan (09/25/2011).



Reviews

Symphonic in scope
It's really a shame. Mention "wind band" and immediately many people flash back to their high school bands. And they then assume that any works written for a wind ensemble have to be as prosaic and basic as those they played themselves.

And nothing could be farther from the truth. In the 20th Century several leading composers -- such as Paul Hindemith and Vincent Persichetti -- composed top-flight works for wind ensembles. And there are many composers adding quality music to the professional wind ensemble repertoire today, such as Jan Van der Roost.

This Belgian composer has written over 90 works for wind ensembles. And they're works of substance. Van der Roost teaches counterpoint and fugal writing -- not basic band techniques -- at the university level. Overall, his music is dynamic, imaginative, and skillfully uses the wind ensemble's resources. He writes idiomatically for the instruments, resulting in some truly engaging music.

Featured on this album is Spartacus, a 1988 tone poem dedicated to Ottorino Respighi. It's easy to hear the influence. Van der Roost's instrumental combinations are as vibrant as any in The Fountains of Rome. In the liner notes, Van der Roost states that there is "a particular connection between Pome Montagnard and Spartacus. I can hear it. Pome harkens back the renaissance, much as Respighi's Ancient Airs and Dances did. but Van der Roost's music is entirely original, not arrangements of early music. However, the recorder quartet and the use of modal harmonies seem to come from the same neo- renaissance tradition as Ancient Airs.

The largest work in the program, Sinfonietta "Suito Sketches," was a commission by the Osaka Municipal Symphonic Band. Van der Roost makes great demands on the players. The work is almost Bartok's Concerto for Orchestra (well, OK -- Concerto for Wind Ensemble), showcasing various sections of the ensemble in different movements.

If you want to hear what a professional wind ensemble is capable of, this is the work to listen to. The composer conducts the Philharmonic Winds OSAKAN in standout performances. The album is well-recorded, with a nice ensemble blend that still allows important details to shine through. A joy to listen to.
Submitted on 09/15/16 by RGraves321 
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Works Details

>Van der Roost, Jan : Spartacus, symphonic tone poem
  • Conductor: Jan Van der Roost
  • Ensemble: Philharmonic winds OSAKAN
  • Running Time: 13 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Orchestral

>Van der Roost, Jan : Poème Montagnard, for orchestra
  • Conductor: Jan Van der Roost
  • Running Time: 17 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1997

>Van der Roost, Jan : Sinfonietta, for wind ensemble
  • Conductor: Jan Van der Roost
  • Running Time: 23 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary