Hans Vonk

Biography

Born: June 18, 1942; Amsterdam, The Netherlands   Died: August 29, 2004  
Hans Vonk established a notable career as a symphony conductor with a wide range of repertory and a strong sense of style for the various periods of music in the symphonic repertory.

His father was a violinist in the great Amsterdam Concertgebouw Orchestra, allowing Hans to grow up with a strong musical background. He chose piano for his instrument and majored in it as he studied at the Amsterdam Conservatory. He graduated with honors in
Read more 1964. Following that he majored in law at the University of Amsterdam and studied conducting with Franco Ferrara and Hermann Scherchen.

He spent the next several years in a typical conductor's apprenticeship, including guest conducting appearances and work with smaller ensembles. His first appointment to a major symphony was as chief conductor of the Residentie Orchestra of The Hague from 1980 to 1991. He led that orchestra on an extensive trip to the United States in the 1980s, his debut appearance in that country.

He was appointed chief conductor of the Dresden Staatskapelle (State Orchestra) in 1985. The Dresden Orchestra is the oldest symphony in the world and is one of the most prestigious appointments in Europe, having been occupied in the past by such starts as Heinrich Schütz, Richard Wagner, Karl Böhm, Rudolf Kempe, and Fritz Busch. While in that position, Vonk also was engaged as the head of the Dresden State Opera, the first time these two historic directorships have been held by the same musician since Böhm.

Vonk led the Opera in the historic opening of the new Semper Opera in Dresden in 1985, playing Richard Strauss' Der Rosenkavalier. The live recording of that event was widely praised, many critics ranking it as a recording as equal or even greater than the classic EMI set with Karajan and a cast headed by Schwarzkopf.

Dresden at the time was part of the German Democratic Republic (East Germany). Vonk has spoken of the distasteful aspects of working under the Communist government, subject to program changes dictated by political and party leaders and the musicians receiving meager pay. He conducted another historic event: While touring with the Staatskapelle in West Germany, the news reached the excited crowd and musicians that the hated Wall and fortified border between the two Germanys was being torn down. The rest of the tour was energized by a feeling that the visiting East German orchestra represented the coming national reunification.

Vonk served as chief conductor of the Cologne Radio Symphony Orchestra from 1990 to the end of the 1996-97 season. In 1996 he assumed the post of music director of the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, America's second oldest orchestra and among its finest. There, his performances are noted for the command of a wide variety of styles and their rich orchestral color. He toured with the orchestra to Europe and New York's Carnegie Hall. He also guest conducted many of the world's great orchestras. Read less

Biography

Born: June 18, 1942; Amsterdam, The Netherlands   Died: August 29, 2004  
Hans Vonk established a notable career as a symphony conductor with a wide range of repertory and a strong sense of style for the various periods of music in the symphonic repertory.

His father was a violinist in the great Amsterdam Concertgebouw Orchestra, allowing Hans to grow up with a strong musical background. He chose piano for his instrument and majored in it as he studied at the Amsterdam Conservatory. He graduated with honors in
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Konzert für Klarinette und Orchester A-dur KV 622 · Rekonstruierte Fassung für Bassettklarinette: I. Allegro
Konzert für Klarinette und Orchester A-dur KV 622 · Rekonstruierte Fassung für Bassettklarinette: II. Adagio
Konzert für Klarinette und Orchester A-dur KV 622 · Rekonstruierte Fassung für Bassettklarinette: III. Rondo (Allegro)
Sinfonia concertante Es-dur KV 297b für Oboe, Klarinette, Horn, Fagott und Orchester: I. Allegro
Sinfonia concertante Es-dur KV 297b für Oboe, Klarinette, Horn, Fagott und Orchester: II. Adagio
Sinfonia concertante Es-dur KV 297b für Oboe, Klarinette, Horn, Fagott und Orchester: III. Andantino con variazioni
Violinkonzert d-moll (1853) (Live-Recording): I. In kräftigem, nicht zu schnellem Tempo
Violinkonzert d-moll (1853) (Live-Recording): II. Langsam
Violinkonzert d-moll (1853) (Live-Recording): III. Lebhaft, doch nicht schnell
Cellokonzert a-moll op.129 (1850): I. Nicht zu schnell -
Cellokonzert a-moll op.129 (1850): II. Langsam - Etwas lebhafter - Schneller -
Cellokonzert a-moll op.129 (1850): III. Sehr lebhaft (Cadenza) - Tempo I - Schneller
Konzert für Klavier und Orchester a-moll op.54 (1841/45) (Live-Recording): I. Allegro affettuoso
Konzert für Klavier und Orchester a-moll op.54 (1841/45) (Live-Recording): II. Intermezzo (Andantino grazioso)
Konzert für Klavier und Orchester a-moll op.54 (1841/45) (Live-Recording): III. Allegro vivace
Symphony No. 1 in B flat major, 'Spring' Op. 38 (Live-Recording): I. Andante un poco maestoso - Allegro molto vivace
Symphony No. 1 in B flat major, 'Spring' Op. 38 (Live-Recording): II. Larghetto
Symphony No. 1 in B flat major, 'Spring' Op. 38 (Live-Recording): III. Scherzo
Symphony No. 1 in B flat major, 'Spring' Op. 38 (Live-Recording): IV. Allegro animato e grazioso
Sinfonie Nr.3 Es-Dur Op.97 "Rheinische" (Live-Recording): I. Lebhaft
Sinfonie Nr.3 Es-Dur Op.97 "Rheinische" (Live-Recording): II. Scherzo - Sehr mäßig
Sinfonie Nr.3 Es-Dur Op.97 "Rheinische" (Live-Recording): III. Nicht schnell
Sinfonie Nr.3 Es-Dur Op.97 "Rheinische" (Live-Recording): IV. Feierlich
Sinfonie Nr.3 Es-Dur Op.97 "Rheinische" (Live-Recording): V. Lebhaft
Symphony No. 2 in C major, Op. 61 (Live-Recording): I. Sostenuto assai - Allegro ma non troppo
Symphony No. 2 in C major, Op. 61 (Live-Recording): II. Scherzo (Allegro vivace) - Trio I - Trio II
Symphony No. 2 in C major, Op. 61 (Live-Recording): III. Adagio espressivo
Symphony No. 2 in C major, Op. 61 (Live-Recording): IV. Allegro molto vivace
Sinfonie Nr.4 d-moll op.120 (1841/rev.1851) (Live-Recording): I. Ziemlich langsam - Lebhaft (attacca)
Sinfonie Nr.4 d-moll op.120 (1841/rev.1851) (Live-Recording): II. Romanze (Ziemlich langsam) (attacca)
Sinfonie Nr.4 d-moll op.120 (1841/rev.1851) (Live-Recording): III. Scherzo (Lebhaft) (attacca)
Sinfonie Nr.4 d-moll op.120 (1841/rev.1851) (Live-Recording): IV. Langsam - Lebhaft
Konzert für Klavier und Orchester a-moll op.54 (1841/45) (Live-Recording): I. Allegro affettuoso
Konzert für Klavier und Orchester a-moll op.54 (1841/45) (Live-Recording): II. Intermezzo (Andantino grazioso)
Konzert für Klavier und Orchester a-moll op.54 (1841/45) (Live-Recording): III. Allegro vivace
Cellokonzert a-moll op.129 (1850): I. Nicht zu schnell -
Cellokonzert a-moll op.129 (1850): II. Langsam - Etwas lebhafter - Schneller -
Cellokonzert a-moll op.129 (1850): III. Sehr lebhaft (Cadenza) - Tempo I - Schneller
Beethoven: Piano Concert No. 1 in C Major, Op. 15: I. Allegro con brio (Kadenz: Beethoven)
Klavierkonzert Nr.1 C-dur op.15: II. Largo
Klavierkonzert Nr.1 C-dur op.15: III. Rondo: Allegro (Kadenz: Chr. Zacharias[0:16])
Klavierkonzert Nr.3 c-moll op.37 (Kadenzen: Beethoven): I. Allegro con brio (Kadenz: Beethoven)
Klavierkonzert Nr.3 c-moll op.37 (Kadenzen: Beethoven): II. Largo
Klavierkonzert Nr.3 c-moll op.37 (Kadenzen: Beethoven): III. Rondo (Allegro) (Kadenz: Beethoven)
Klavierkonzert Nr.2 B-dur op.19: I. Allegro con brio
Klavierkonzert Nr.2 B-dur op.19: II. Adagio
Beethoven: Piano Concert No. 2 in B Major, Op. 19: III. Rondo (Molto allegro)
Klavierkonzert Nr.4 G-dur op.58: I. Allegro moderato
Klavierkonzert Nr.4 G-dur op.58: II. Andante con moto
Klavierkonzert Nr.4 G-dur op.58: III. Rondo (Vivace)
Klavierkonzert Nr.5 Es-dur op.73: I. Allegro
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No..5 in E-Flat Major, Op. 73, "Emperor": II. Adagio un poco mosso
Klavierkonzert Nr.5 Es-dur op.73: III. Rondo (Allegro)
Variation 1
Variation 2
Variation 3
Variation 4
Variation 5
Variation 6
Variation 7
Variation 8
Variation 9
Variation 10
I. Allegro non troppo
II. Adagio non troppo: L'istesso tempo, ma grazioso
III. Allegretto grazioso (Quasi Andantino) - Presto ma non assai
IV. Allegro con spirito
I. Prelude: Marsyas' awakening in spiring
II. Entr'acte: Wandering through the forest
III. Marsyas and the nymphs
IV. Prelude to Act III: A summer's night
V. Finale: Dance of the nymphs and Apollo's epilogue
Klavierkonzert Nr.4 G-dur op.58: I. Allegro moderato
Klavierkonzert Nr.4 G-dur op.58: II. Andante con moto
Klavierkonzert Nr.4 G-dur op.58: III. Rondo (Vivace)
Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 5 in E flat, 'Emperor' Op. 73: Allegro
Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 5 in E flat, 'Emperor' Op. 73: Adagio un poco mosso
Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 5 in E flat, 'Emperor' Op. 73: Rondo (Allegro)
Klavierkonzert Nr.3 c-moll op.37 (Kadenzen: Beethoven): I. Allegro con brio (Kadenz: Beethoven)
Klavierkonzert Nr.3 c-moll op.37 (Kadenzen: Beethoven): II. Largo
Klavierkonzert Nr.3 c-moll op.37 (Kadenzen: Beethoven): III. Rondo (Allegro) (Kadenz: Beethoven)
Konzert für Klarinette und Orchester A-dur KV 622 · Rekonstruierte Fassung für Bassettklarinette: I. Allegro
Konzert für Klarinette und Orchester A-dur KV 622 · Rekonstruierte Fassung für Bassettklarinette: II. Adagio
Konzert für Klarinette und Orchester A-dur KV 622 · Rekonstruierte Fassung für Bassettklarinette: III. Rondo (Allegro)
Sinfonia concertante Es-dur KV 297b für Oboe, Klarinette, Horn, Fagott und Orchester: I. Allegro
Sinfonia concertante Es-dur KV 297b für Oboe, Klarinette, Horn, Fagott und Orchester: II. Adagio
Sinfonia concertante Es-dur KV 297b für Oboe, Klarinette, Horn, Fagott und Orchester: III. Andantino con variazioni


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