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Wagenaar: Saul En David, Amphitrion, Etc / Riccardo Chailly


Release Date: 02/19/2009 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 425833   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Johan Wagenaar
Performer:  Vera BadingsJean De Croos
Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 6 Mins. 

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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

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WAGENAAR Amphitrion. 2 Cyrano de Bergerac. De Cid. Taming of the Shrew. Twelfth Night. Saul and David. 1 Wiener Dreivierteltakt Riccardo Chailly, cond; Vera Badings (hp); 1 Jean De Croes (vc); 2 Royal Concertgebouw O DECCA 425 833 (66:08)


Johan Wagenaar (1862–1941) belongs Read more to the generation of composers that includes Claude Debussy, Carl Nielsen, Jean Sibelius, and Richard Strauss. Born an illegitimate child into far less than ideal circumstances, Wagenaar had to wait until his early teens to pursue his interest in music. Wagenaar studied at the music school in his hometown, Utrecht, taking composition lessons from Richard Hol (four of whose symphonies are available in the Dutch music series on Chandos). In 1892, Wagenaar went to Berlin, where he had further lessons from Heinrich von Herzogenberg.


Wagenaar was tapped to head the Utrecht music school in 1896, and was awarded an honorary doctorate at the university in Utrecht two decades later. Also active as a choral conductor in Utrecht and The Hague, Wagenaar gave first performances of music by many Dutch composers and also taught many who were important in shaping the future of Dutch music, including Willem Pijper. Conducting aside, Wagenaar was first and foremost a composer and the leading one of his generation in Holland, producing operas, cantatas, organ music, and a significant body of orchestral works.


Wagenaar’s music owes a slight debt to Berlioz for the orchestral color in his overtures and symphonic poems, but Richard Strauss can be heard throughout Wagenaar’s orchestral works. Wagenaar may not have fashioned music as detailed as that of Strauss, but the orchestral color is every bit as exquisite and masterful. A parallel can also be drawn between Wagenaar and another of his contemporaries, Elgar. The rousing opening of Elgar’s In the South is certainly reminiscent of Wagenaar’s Cyrano de Bergerac , not to mention Strauss’s Don Juan.


It’s surprising that Wagenaar’s delightful, exquisite, and satisfying music isn’t better known outside his native Holland. But it comes as no surprise that even though Wagenaar’s style was passé by the time he died in the early days of the Second World War, Wagenaar has always had his advocates, including Willem Mengelberg (along with the Concertgebouw Orchestra, the dedicatee of Wagenaar’s Twelfth Night ) and George Szell. But surprisingly, only two of Wagenaar’s concert overtures— De getemde Feeks (“Taming of the Shrew”) and Cyrano de Bergerac­— appear with any regularity on concert programs, and then usually only in Holland.


The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra is known worldwide for its eloquent playing and it lives up to its reputation in these nearly two-decade-old sessions, providing tonally exquisite recordings that supply spontaneity and intensity at the appropriate moments. Maestro Chailly and his colleagues have given us interpretations that sparkle with freshness and enthusiasm, that articulate Chailly’s understanding of the sentiment behind the notes, and that exhibit a dedication to the repertoire.


Originally issued in 1990, this CD disappeared from the catalog rather quickly; I had been looking and hoping for a budget re-release for a number of years, but just as I thought that I might be waiting for Godot, I learned that arkivmusic.com has licensed the contents of the original disc for reissue and mints copies upon order. The package includes all of the original graphics, but unfortunately no liner notes. * (Liner notes have since been included. - ArkivMusic)


This recording is definitely worth your attention, not to mention the effort required to open your wallet or purse for the plastic!


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Works on This Recording

1.
Saul en David, Op. 24 by Johan Wagenaar
Performer:  Vera Badings (Harp)
Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1906; Netherlands 
Date of Recording: 1989 
Venue:  Concertgebouw, Amsterdam 
Length: 12 Minutes 6 Secs. 
2.
Amphitrion Overture, Op. 45 by Johan Wagenaar
Performer:  Jean De Croos (Cello)
Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1938 
Date of Recording: 1989 
Venue:  Concertgebouw, Amsterdam 
Length: 8 Minutes 10 Secs. 
3.
Cyrano de Bergerac Overture, Op. 23 by Johan Wagenaar
Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Date of Recording: 1989 
Venue:  Concertgebouw, Amsterdam 
Length: 13 Minutes 51 Secs. 
4.
Taming of the Shrew Overture, Op. 25 by Johan Wagenaar
Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1909; Netherlands 
Date of Recording: 1989 
Venue:  Concertgebouw, Amsterdam 
Length: 6 Minutes 57 Secs. 
5.
Twelfth Night Overture, Op. 36 by Johan Wagenaar
Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1928 
Date of Recording: 1989 
Venue:  Concertgebouw, Amsterdam 
Length: 9 Minutes 53 Secs. 
6.
De Cid Overture, Op. 27 by Johan Wagenaar
Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1916 
Date of Recording: 1989 
Venue:  Concertgebouw, Amsterdam 
Length: 5 Minutes 7 Secs. 
7.
Wiener Dreivierteltakt, Op. 38 by Johan Wagenaar
Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1929 
Date of Recording: 1989 
Venue:  Concertgebouw, Amsterdam 
Length: 9 Minutes 37 Secs. 

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