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Röntgen: Orchestral, Choral & Chamber Music


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In February 1896, Clara Schumann described Julius Röntgen in a letter to Johannes Brahms: 'He has remained a child, so innocent, pure, open, enthusiastic… But we certainly can and must take him seriously.’ Brahms certainly agreed and stole from the younger composer a theme from the Serenade which opens this compilation, for use in his own Second Symphony; when Röntgen pointed this out, he was the recipient of a rare apology from Brahms. Born in 1855, Röntgen grew up in Leipzig, the son of the leader of the Gewandhaus orchestra. As a boy he met Liszt, having already composed music for the likes of Joseph Joachim. His move to Amsterdam in 1877 launched a multifaceted career as a pianist, conductor and teacher who continued to compose prolifically in all the classical genres. He became friends with Grieg, who dedicated a volume of Lyric Pieces to him, and much of his own output convincingly welds Austro-German forms with a fresh, Scandinavian-accented simplicity of expression. This portrait of Röntgen ranges across his diverse output, from the Serenade of 1876 to one of the symphonies he wrote late in life, a single-movement form composed in 1930 with a soprano vocalise. A youthful and joyous Violin Sonata of 1879 was composed for the violinist Amanda Maier, who would soon become his first wife; its high spirits are shared by the Theme and Variations for two pianos from the previous year. The Cello Sonata Op.56 is dedicated to the memory of a friend and adapts the final chorus of Bach’s St Matthew Passion. His Sixth Piano Trio Op.50 opens in high Brahmsian style with a passionate main melody and a tender slow movement. A trio of motets dates from the 1920s and features some of his most daring harmonies, before the Symphony strikes a vein of pastoral contemplation akin to the Sinfonia Espansiva of Nielsen, who had also become a friend.
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Item number BRI96104
Barcode 5028421961040
Release date 2/7/2020
Category Classical Music
Label BRILLIANT CLASSICS
Media type COMPACT DISC
Number of units 2
Performers
Classical Artist Various Artists
Disc: 1
Serenade No. 1, Op. 1400:30:59
1 I. Allegro tranquillo 00:08:36 Viotta Ensemble
2 II. Scherzo: Allegro 00:06:39 Viotta Ensemble
3 III. Andante 00:06:43 Viotta Ensemble
4 IV. Allegro 00:06:14 Viotta Ensemble
Thema mit variationen, Op. 1700:10:00
5 Thema mit variationen, Op. 17 00:10:24 Doeselaar, Leo van Jordans, Wyneke
Motetten00:00:00
6 Wieder den frieden - Klage, anklage, und trostgesa 00:08:14 Nederlands Kamerkoor Gronostay, Uwe
7 Gleichwie die grünen blätter auf einem schönen bau 00:04:19 Nederlands Kamerkoor Gronostay, Uwe
8 Kommt her zu mir, alle die ihr mein begeeret 00:04:18 Nederlands Kamerkoor Gronostay, Uwe
Symphony No. 8 in C-Sharp Minor00:18:27
9 Symphony No. 8 in C-Sharp Minor 00:18:22 Netherlands Radio Symphony Orchestra Alexander, Roberta Steen, Jac van
Piano Trio No. 6 in C Minor, Op. 5000:20:50
10 I. Allegro non troppo e serioso 00:07:28 Horsch, Gregor Grotenhuis, Sepp Kerr, Alexander
11 II. Andante 00:06:46 Horsch, Gregor Grotenhuis, Sepp Kerr, Alexander
12 III. Allegro non troppo 00:06:06 Horsch, Gregor Grotenhuis, Sepp Kerr, Alexander
Violin Sonata No. 2 in F-Sharp Minor, Op. 2000:18:00
13 I. Allegro non troppo 00:09:00 Grotenhuis, Sepp Kerr, Alexander
14 II. Con animazione 00:02:53 Grotenhuis, Sepp Kerr, Alexander
15 III. Agitato 00:08:01 Grotenhuis, Sepp Kerr, Alexander
Cello Sonata No. 5 in B Minor, Op. 5600:23:00
16 I. Molto moderato 00:05:45 Horsch, Gregor Grotenhuis, Sepp
17 II. Allegro con moto 00:04:30 Horsch, Gregor Grotenhuis, Sepp
18 III. Poco andante, teneramente 00:04:34 Horsch, Gregor Grotenhuis, Sepp
19 IV. Molto passionato e vivace 00:06:51 Horsch, Gregor Grotenhuis, Sepp
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