Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra

Biography

Active: Rotterdam, The Netherlands -
The Rotterdam Philharmonic is an European orchestra with a bright, powerful sound and an extroverted musical personality.

It was 1918, when musicians of Rotterdam took steps in rebuilding the city's importance as a center of music by founding the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra (RPhO). Its first two directors were Willem Felzer and Alexander Schmuller. But the most important conductor in the pre-War period was Eduard Flipse, a famed
Read more conductor of the most modern music of the time. He remained its music director until 1962, building an ensemble noted for polish and precision.

In 1940 Rotterdam became a center of war industry and transport, and, hence, a major target for Allied bombing, and it was devastated. Its concert hall, the Doele, was destroyed along with all the orchestra's instruments and music library. However, the orchestra itself went back into independent operation at the end of the war, appearing at a number of city venues of varying suitability. The orchestra found a new home in 1966 with the completion of a new concert hall, called Die Doelen, with a large auditorium seating 2,320. The hall is of modernistic, concrete design marking it as part of the design concepts that also brought the Philharmonie of Berlin, Queen Elizabeth Hall of London, the Philharmonic (now Avery Fischer Hall) of New York into being. Its acoustics are lively, very clear, and with a strong resonant bass, though it does not add an element of warmth to the orchestral sound.

By the time the new hall was built, Franz Paul Decker had succeeded Flipse and was in turn followed by Jean Fournet. The orchestra started a tradition of finding young, energetic, and exciting music directors when, in 1973, it hired the Dutch composer Edo de Waart, who rose to conducting stardom in the position. His successors were, in turn, two Americans (David Zinman and James Conlon) and a British conductor (Jeffrey Tate). In 1995 the orchestra appointed its tenth music director, Valery Gergiev, already famed as the brilliant leader of St. Petersburg, Russia's Kirov Theater.

(The Rotterdam Philharmonic Brass, though made up of the members of the orchestra's brass and percussion sections, is a separate organization.) Read less

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Biography

Active: Rotterdam, The Netherlands -
The Rotterdam Philharmonic is an European orchestra with a bright, powerful sound and an extroverted musical personality.

It was 1918, when musicians of Rotterdam took steps in rebuilding the city's importance as a center of music by founding the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra (RPhO). Its first two directors were Willem Felzer and Alexander Schmuller. But the most important conductor in the pre-War period was Eduard Flipse, a famed
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WORKS ALBUMS
TITLE/COMPOSER
LABEL
1. Allegro ma non tanto
2. Intermezzo (Adagio)
3. Finale (Alla breve)
1. Adagio - Allegro non troppo
2. Allegro con grazia
3. Allegro molto vivace
4. Finale: Adagio lamentoso - Andante
1. Slowly And Expressively
2. Rather Fast
1. Introduzione - attacca:
2. Allegro
3. Siciliana
4. Allegro giusto
1. Adagio - Allegro
2. Adagio
3. Rondo (Vivace)
Der Held (The Hero) -
Des Helden Widersacher (The Hero's Enemies) -
Des Helden Gefahrtin (The Hero's Companion) -
Des Helden Walstatt (The Hero's Field of Battle) -
Des Helden Friedenswerke (The Hero's Works of Peace) -
Des Helden Weltflucht und Vollendung (The Hero's Withdrawal from the World)
No. 1. Fruhling (Spring)
No. 2. September
No. 3. Beim Schlafengehen (At Bedtime)
No. 4. Im Abendrot (In the Evening Glow)
I. Reveries: Largo - Passions: Allegro agitato e appassionato assai
II. Un Bal (Valse): Allegro non troppo
III. Scene aux Champs: Adagio
IV. Marche au Supplice: Allegretto non troppo
V. Songe d'une Nuit du Sabbat: Larghetto - Allegro
Recitative: C'en est donc fait! ma honte est assuree
Meditation: Grands Pharaons, nobles Lagides
Daphnis et Chloé - Suite No.2: Lever du jour -
Daphnis et Chloé - Suite No.2: Lever du jour -
Daphnis et Chloé - Suite No.2: Pantomime -
Daphnis et Chloé - Suite No.2: Pantomime -
Daphnis et Chloé - Suite No.2: Danse générale
Daphnis et Chloé - Suite No.2: Danse générale
Valses nobles et sentimentales: Modéré - Très franc
Valses nobles et sentimentales: Modéré - Très franc
Valses nobles et sentimentales: Assez lent (aves une expression intense)
Valses nobles et sentimentales: Assez lent (aves une expression intense)
Valses nobles et sentimentales: Modéré
Valses nobles et sentimentales: Modéré
Valses nobles et sentimentales: Assez animé
Valses nobles et sentimentales: Assez animé
Valses nobles et sentimentales: Presque lent (dans un sentiment intime)
Valses nobles et sentimentales: Presque lent (dans un sentiment intime)
Valses nobles et sentimentales: Vif
Valses nobles et sentimentales: Vif
Valses nobles et sentimentales: Moins vif
Valses nobles et sentimentales: Moins vif
Valses nobles et sentimentales: Epilogue - Lent
Valses nobles et sentimentales: Epilogue - Lent
La Valse
La Valse
Ma Mère l'oye, cinq pièces enfantines: I. Pavane de la Belle au Bois dormant
Ma Mère l'oye, cinq pièces enfantines: I. Pavane de la Belle au Bois dormant
Ma Mère l'oye, cinq pièces enfantines: II. Petit Poucet
Ma Mère l'oye, cinq pièces enfantines: II. Petit Poucet
Ma Mère l'oye, cinq pièces enfantines: III. Laideronnette, Impératrice des Pagodes
Ma Mère l'oye, cinq pièces enfantines: III. Laideronnette, Impératrice des Pagodes
Ma Mère l'oye, cinq pièces enfantines: IV. Les entretiens de la Belle et de la Bête
Ma Mère l'oye, cinq pièces enfantines: IV. Les entretiens de la Belle et de la Bête
Ma Mère l'oye, cinq pièces enfantines: V. Le jardin féerique
Ma Mère l'oye, cinq pièces enfantines: V. Le jardin féerique
1. Prélude
2. Nocturne
3. Valse
4. Mazurka
5. Mazurka
6. Prélude
7. Valse
8. Valse
1. Overture
2. March of the Young Ivan
3. The Broad Expanse of the Sea
4. I Shall Be Tsar!
5. The Uspensky Cathedral
6. Many Years!
7. The Simpleton
8. The Swan
8a. Glorification
9. On the Bones of Our Enemies
10. The Tartars
11. The Cannon-founders
12. Forward to Kazan!
12a. At the Polish Court
13. Ivan Intreats the Boyars
14. Yefrosiniya and Anastasiya
15. Song About the Beaver (Yefrosiniya's Lullaby)
16. Ivan at the Grave of Anastasiya
17. Chorus of the Oprichniks
17a. The Oath of the Oprichniks
18. Song of Fyodor Basmanov and the Oprichniks
19. The Dance of the Oprichniks
20. Final
1. Allegretto
2. Moderato (poco allegretto)
3. Adagio
4. Allegro non troppo
Four Symphonic Interludes from 'Intermezzo': Reisefieber und Walzerscene ; Lebhaft - etwas ruhig - etwas breit
Four Symphonic Interludes from 'Intermezzo': Träumerei am Kamin : Ruhig schwebend
Four Symphonic Interludes from 'Intermezzo': Am Spieltisch : Sehr gemächlich
Four Symphonic Interludes from 'Intermezzo': Fröhlicher Beschluß : Sehr lebhaft und fröhlich
1. Allegretto
2. Moderato (poco allegretto)
3. Adagio
4. Allegro non troppo
Fauré: Requiem, Op.48 - 1. Introitus: Requiem aeternam - Kyrie
Fauré: Requiem, Op.48 - 2. Offertorium: Domine Jesu Christe
Fauré: Requiem, Op.48 - 3. Sanctus
Fauré: Requiem, Op.48 - 4. Pie Jesu
Fauré: Requiem, Op.48 - 5. Agnus Dei
Fauré: Requiem, Op.48 - 6. Libera me
Fauré: Requiem, Op.48 - 7. In paradisum
Fauré: Pelléas et Mélisande, Op.80 - 1. Prelude
Fauré: Pelléas et Mélisande, Op.80 - 2. Andantino quasi allegretto
Fauré: Pelléas et Mélisande, Op.80 - 3. Lento (The King's Three Blind Daughters)
Fauré: Pelléas et Mélisande, Op.80 - 4. Sicilienne
Fauré: Pelléas et Mélisande, Op.80 - 5. Andante
Fauré: Pelléas et Mélisande, Op.80 - 6. Molto adagio
1. Allegro molto moderato
2. Adagio
3. Allegro moderato molto e marcato - Quasi presto - Andante maestoso
1. Maestoso
2. Larghetto
3. Allegro vivace
1. Overture
2. March of the Young Ivan
3. The Broad Expanse of the Sea
4. I Shall Be Tsar!
5. The Uspensky Cathedral
6. Many Years!
7. The Simpleton
8. The Swan
8a. Glorification
9. On the Bones of Our Enemies
10. The Tartars
11. The Cannon-founders
12. Forward to Kazan!
12a. At the Polish Court
13. Ivan Intreats the Boyars
14. Yefrosiniya and Anastasiya
15. Song About the Beaver (Yefrosiniya's Lullaby)
16. Ivan at the Grave of Anastasiya
17. Chorus of the Oprichniks
17a. The Oath of the Oprichniks
18. Song of Fyodor Basmanov and the Oprichniks
19. The Dance of the Oprichniks
20. Final
1. Alborada
2. Variazioni
3. Alborada
4. Scena e canto gitano
5. Fandango asturiano
1. Introduction
2. Dance of the Birds (Danse des oiseaux)
3. Cortège
4. Dance of the Tumblers (Danse des bouffons)
1. Tsar's Farewell and Departure
2. Tsarina in a Barrel at Sea
3. The Flight Of The Bumble-Bee
4. The Three Wonders
1. Tsar Dodon in his Palace
2. Tsar Dodon on Campaign
3. Tsar Dodon as Guest of the Queen of Shemakha
4. The Wedding and Lamentable End of Dodon


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