Netherlands Wind Ensemble

Biography

Active: 1959 - ; Netherlands
The Netherlands Wind Ensemble was founded in 1959 by Thom de Klerk, principal bassoonist of the Concertgebouw Orchestra and teacher at the Conservatory of Amsterdam. He hand picked the best pupils of the Conservatory to form the ensemble. The ensemble had achieved international success by the time de Klerk died suddenly in 1966. Conductor Edo de Waart (himself a former principal oboist in the Concertgebouw Orchestra) became music director and Read more continued to establish it as an internationally recognized ensemble through tours and recordings. Although the core repertoire was music for woodwind octet (pairs of oboes, clarinets, bassoons, and horns), the ensemble regularly expanded to larger dimensions. In 1988, the ensemble re-organized with younger musicians from various Dutch orchestras replacing many long-standing members. The ensemble has cultivated a large and diverse audience through unconventional programming and juxtaposing works of Mozart and Strauss with new music (often commissioned from Dutch composers). Since 1972, the ensemble has presented a popular annual New Year concert in the Concertgebouw, which has been televised since 1995. Read less

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Biography

Active: 1959 - ; Netherlands
The Netherlands Wind Ensemble was founded in 1959 by Thom de Klerk, principal bassoonist of the Concertgebouw Orchestra and teacher at the Conservatory of Amsterdam. He hand picked the best pupils of the Conservatory to form the ensemble. The ensemble had achieved international success by the time de Klerk died suddenly in 1966. Conductor Edo de Waart (himself a former principal oboist in the Concertgebouw Orchestra) became music director and Read more
WORKS ALBUMS
TITLE/COMPOSER
LABEL
Overture
Oh my dearest, my dearest, dearest one (Parasha)
Zing-a-ling, the bells are ringing (Hussar, Parasha, Mother)
What a pity now our maid is dead and gone (Parasha, Mother)
No, no, I'll not forget our late lamented cook (Mother)
Good morning, good morning to you (Neighbour, Mother)
Why have you been so long? (Mother, Parasha, Neighbour, Cook)
Parasha! (Cook, Parasha)
Parasha! (Mother, Parasha)
Alone, I wait alone obediently my sweet Parasha (Cook)
Coda: The table wobbles, To hell with this turban (Cook, Mother, Parasha, Neighbour)
I. Sinfonia
II. Theme and variations
I. Allegro
II. Andante
III. Menuetto and Trio
IV. Finale: Presto
I. Poco sostenuto - Vivace
II. Allegretto
III. Presto
IV. Allegro con brio
Spoken Introduction -
On Being Hit on the Head -
Dance -
On Being Hit on the Head [reprise] -
On Hearing the Voice of God -
Drop -
On Hearing the Siren's Songs
I. Aria: Disembodied, singing
II. Chorale
1. Allegro moderato
2. Andante
3. Moderato
I. Allegro maestoso
II. Menuetto - Trio
III. Adagio
IV. Menuetto - Trio
V. Allegro
I. Allegro
II. Andante
III. Menuetto in canone - Trio
IV. Allegro
No. 1. Introduction
No. 2. Le parc de Nara et les lanternes de pierre
No. 3. Yamanaka: cadenza
No. 4. Gagaku
No. 5. Miyajima et le torii dans le mer
No. 6. Les oiseaux de Karuizawa
No. 7. Coda
I. Des profondeurs de l'abime, je crie vers toi, Seigneur: Seigneur, ecoute ma voix!
II. Le Christ, ressuscite des morts, ne meurt plus; la mort n'a plus sur lui d'empire
III. L'heure vient ou les morts entendront la voix du Fils de Dieu ...
IV. Ils ressusciteront, glorieux, avec un nom nouveau, dans le concert joyeux des etoiles et les acclamations des fils du Ciel
V. Et j'entendis la voix d'une foule immense ...


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