WGBH Radio WGBH Radio theclassicalstation.org
Welcome to ArkivMusic, the retail store for CLOFO!

Verhulst: Symphony In E, Overtures /Bamert, Hague Residentie


Release Date: 04/27/2004 
Label:  Chandos   Catalog #: 10179   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Johannes Verhulst
Conductor:  Matthias Bamert
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hague Residentie Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 59 Mins. 

In Stock: Usually ships in 24 hours.  

Notes and Editorial Reviews

Full review from FANFARE Magazine:
Matthias Bamert’s ongoing Chandos cycle of Romantic Dutch composers brings another attractive recording of the music of Johannes Verhulst (1816–91), confirming the impression of his Mass, op. 20 (Chandos CHAN 10020), that he was one of those delightful second-rankers without whose music we would be the poorer.

The B-Minor Overture, op. 2, which opens the disc, immediately suggests a blend of Schubert and Mendelssohn, which puts it at the cutting edge for its day: Schubert had been dead only seven years when Verhulst began to compose the work in 1835, and it was three more years before Verhulst went off to Leipzig to study with Mendelssohn; the jolly second subject even looks
Read more ahead to Offenbach and Sullivan. The C-Minor Overture, op. 3, written before 1837, likewise seems to offer a rather grandiose pre-echo of music that was to come later in the century—a heroic foretelling of the von Suppé overtures, perhaps. And the confident, outgoing, even heraldic D-Minor, op. 8, sounds something like Rossini after a bodybuilding course.

The Symphony in E-Minor, op. 46, the only one Verhulst was to compose, came into being in mid-1841 in Leipzig. That, of course, was Schumann’s “symphony year”—and Leo Samama’s booklet essay points out that his No. 1 was premiered in March. The evidence of Verhulst’s op. 46 is that its composer was within earshot, although Beethoven is another omnipresent influence, as, too, is Schubert. The first movement, nearly a quarter of an hour in length, works diligently through its material in textbook fashion, slightly overstaying its welcome. The lyrical Andante that follows has a Mendelssohnian elegance; and the rhythmic inventiveness and jolly bustle of the scherzo and Con brio finale call another composer to mind, Franz Berwald—except that none of his symphonies had been written yet. The dancing string writing of the finale also bears witness to a familiarity with Mendelssohn’s Midsummernight’s Dream music.

My roll-call of names might suggest that Verhulst’s voice is a conflation of those of other composers, and to some extent, I fear, that’s true: I’m not sure that if I bumped into any of these pieces a year or three down the line, I’d say: “Ah, yes—Verhulst!” But even if they’re not distinctly individual, the music is always charming at the very least and sometimes imposing and dignified. The textures are warm and welcoming, the orchestration expertly handled. Verhulst may not have been one of life’s radicals, but he was certainly abreast of his times, and his craftsmanship is never in doubt.

As elsewhere in this series, Matthias Bamert proves a safe pair of hands, keeping the music bright and buoyant, with the committed playing of his Hague musicians showing that this rediscovery of their national heritage is far more than mere duty. Excellent sound, too. Nothing here to shake you to the roots of your being, then, but you do get an hour of consistently enjoyable music in fine performances, and there are worse things in life, after all. Give it a try.

Martin Anderson, FANFARE
Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony in E minor, Op. 46 by Johannes Verhulst
Conductor:  Matthias Bamert
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hague Residentie Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1841; Leipzig, Germany 
2.
Overture in C minor, Op. 3 by Johannes Verhulst
Conductor:  Matthias Bamert
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hague Residentie Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1839; Netherlands (Holland 
3.
Overture in B minor, Op. 2 by Johannes Verhulst
Conductor:  Matthias Bamert
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hague Residentie Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1835; Netherlands (Holland 
4.
Overture in D minor, Op. 8 by Johannes Verhulst
Conductor:  Matthias Bamert
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hague Residentie Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1840; Leipzig, Germany 

Customer Reviews

Be the first to review this title
Review This Title