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Horizon 1 - Premieres 2007 - Verbey, Eggert, Matthews, Glanert / Stenz, Royal Concertgebouw


Release Date: 10/14/2008 
Label:  Rco Live   Catalog #: 8003   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Moritz EggertColin MatthewsTheo VerbeyDetlev Glavnert,   ... 
Performer:  Jörgen Van Rijen
Conductor:  Markus Stenz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Multi 
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HORIZON 1: PREMIERES 2007 Markus Stenz, cond; Jörgen van Rijen (tbn); 1 Royal Concertgebouw O RCO LIVE 8003 (Hybrid multichannel SACD: 77:42)


EGGERT Read more class="ARIAL12bi">Number 9 VI: a bigger splash. MATTHEWS Turning Point. VERBEIJ LIED. 1 GLANERT Theatrum bestiarum


If you have an ensemble on the level of the Concertgebouw at your disposable, it would be artistic wastefulness, perhaps even arrogance, to write music that does not take advantage of their phenomenal virtuosity. That is not the case for these four (relatively) young artists, who are giddy in their use of this great instrument, which is made to roar and rev like a well-tuned race car. In the case of German composer Moritz Eggert, that car might be a Corvette, with the multiple American references in his large, dense, and very agile score. Snippets of music go by like a whiz, so it is hard to pin them down as direct quotes, but certainly, there is Broadway, military band music, jazz, and more. Eggert does not slow down enough for anything to jump out whole, and that seems to be his modus operandi . It makes for a cohesive larger structure, not a bunch of clever pieces, but the sum of the parts.


Colin Matthews works in a more traditionally architectural manner, but is no less shy about giving the band a good work out, with overtly emotional, but intricately constructed material. Theo Verbeij latches onto the human, vocal nature of an instrument that is surely underutilized as a soloist, the trombone, and has the service of the extraordinary RCO principal, Jörgen van Rijen. This collection concludes with yet another largely writ work, from Detlev Glanert, a one-time Henze student who shares his teacher’s sense for dark drama in a work that might work well as a film noire score.


These are all world premieres, and conducted with conviction and great flair by guest conductor Markus Stenz. Too often, new works are played by major orchestras in a perfunctory way, heard once, and then slip into an abyss. Bravos to the RCO, who self-produces these albums, for making a commitment to new music with this beautifully recorded collection of captivating new work. Keep ’em coming.


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Works on This Recording

1.
Number 9 VI: A Bigger Splash by Moritz Eggert
Conductor:  Markus Stenz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period: 21st Century 
Written: Germany 
2.
Turning Point by Colin Matthews
Conductor:  Markus Stenz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period: 21st Century 
Written: 2007; England 
Length: 20 Minutes 15 Secs. 
3.
Lied for Trombone and Orchestra by Theo Verbey
Performer:  Jörgen Van Rijen (Trombone)
Conductor:  Markus Stenz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period: 21st Century 
Written: 2007; Netherlands 
Length: 18 Minutes 16 Secs. 
4.
Theatrum Bestiarum by Detlev Glanert
Conductor:  Markus Stenz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period: 21st Century 
Written: Germany 
Length: 22 Minutes 22 Secs. 
Notes: Composition written: Germany (2004 - 2005). 
5.
Number 9 VI a bigger splash by Moritz Eggert
Conductor:  Markus Stenz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Written: 2006 
Length: 16 Minutes 4 Secs. 

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