Bought in September 2015.
First listen: 6-10-2015.
Second listen: 7-11-2016.
Recording dates: June 2012 & February 2013.
Recording venue: Enschede Music Hall, The Netherlands.
Recording engineer: Holger Urbach.
Running time: 60:33.
Classical relevance: Essential.
Symphony No. 2. (1937)
Wilhelmus van Nassouwe. (1950)
Netherlands SO, David Porcelijn.
Hendrik Andriessen is a very good composer, in fact one of the best Holland ever has produced. The first thing you immediately hear in his music is the composer Alphons Diepenbrock. From this magical idiom Andriessen catapulted himself into the world of Neo classicism. In combining both influences he created a well defined musical palette that holds all the colours of geniality. For make no mistake Andriessen is a master in his trade. Every piece on this cd tells you about it.
Dukas is never far away, and in a somewhat milder form Roussel pops up now and again.
So it's no surprise that the second symphony contains all these elements that makes his music so approachable. Neglected he certainly is, but that has nothing to do with the quality of his music.
The "Ricercare" is a extremely moving work. Just to take the intro alone is devastating in it's conception. It's certainly one of the best pieces I heard from him so far. A pity that it is such a short work.
In "Mascherata" you might hear how at ease he was with contrapuntal devices. The scoring for this composition is sublime, almost a creative bomb that detonates in an instant. There is a lot of use of percussion, very effective I might add. It's a marvel of orchestral brilliance, and proof of his technical skills.
"Wilhelmus of Nassouwe" is our national anthem, and he packed it very nicely into a plethora of magnificent notes. His writing keeps impressing me.
The Dutch orchestra delivers a perfect performance, no doubt drilled by this fine conductor they've got for this recording. Everything David Porcelijn touches changes into gold.
The recording is top notch, with an enormous depth and plenty of detail.