Rudolf Werthen

Biography

Country: Belgium  
Rudolf Werthen is a well-known Belgian violinist and conductor, founder and director of the chamber orchestra I Fiamminghi.

As a violinist, he is considered an heir to the Belgian violin school, exemplified by the great virtuoso Eugéne ?saye. His career began rapidly in 1971 when he won two major violin competitions, the first Kreisler Competition and the Queen Elisabeth of Belgium Competition, the most prestigious of all violin awards.
Read more Following these victories, the Belgian Government named him Virtuoso of the Belgian Government, a position previously held by the late Arthur Grumiaux.

In 1982, he began his conducting career by substituting for maestro Klaus Tennsted when the German conductor became indisposed while touring Europe with the North German Radio Symphony Orchestra.

In 1984, he co-founded I Fiamminghi as a string orchestra and has led it ever since. The orchestra concentrates on Romantic era and later repertory, and is especially known for his championing of the music of the post-serial era of such composers as Kancheli, Hovhaness, Vasks, and Pärt. Its Romantic era interpretations (from the times of Beethoven and Schubert to that of Mahler) are noted for Werthen's practice of researching scores and performance materials for authenticity and in using the playing techniques current when the particular composition was written.

I Fiamminghi was immediately successful, and during its first decade recorded for the SOF, RGIP, and Koch and BMG labels. In 1994, Werthen and I Fiamminghi signed an exclusive contract with the American label Telarc.

Werthen's success with I Fiamminghi led to his being appointed music director of the Flanders Opera in 1988, and his tenure has been especially praised for productions of Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin, Verdi's Macbeth, Rossini's La Cenerentola, Wagner's Flying Dutchman, and Bartók's Bluebeard's Castle.

In 1992, the Flemish government appointed him and I Fiamminghi as "Cultural Ambassador of Flanders," citing "the quality and international reputation of the orchestra." Also in 1992, Werthen enlarged I Fiamminghi to a full orchestra by adding winds and percussion.

Werthen is also a member of the faculty of the Royal Music Conservatory of Ghent, where he has taught since in 1975. He also devotes a significant part of his time to efforts on behalf of those who are disabled or in poverty, and in ecological concerns. Read less
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  • 1.
    Beautiful Wedding - Prelude - Mozart, Handel, Pachelbel, Etc
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 80716 Release Date: 05/20/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Pachelbel,  Johann Christoph Pezel,  Ralph Vaughan Williams,  Claude Debussy  ... 
    Performer:  Yolanda Kondonassis,  Robert McDuffie,  William Tritt,  Allan Vogel
    Conductor:  Leonard Slatkin,  Erich Kunzel,  Martin Pearlman,  Keith Clark  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Louis Symphony Orchestra,  Empire Brass,  Cincinnati Pops  ... 
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    The Divine Feminine
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 80689 Release Date: 10/24/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Hildegard of Bingen,  John Tavener,  Arvo Pärt,  Tomás Luis de Victoria  ... 
    Performer:  Carlo Willems,  Elly Ameling,  Sylvia McNair,  Richard Leech  ... 
    Conductor:  Rudolf Werthen,  Robert Shaw,  Jesús Lopez-Cobos,  Yoel Levi  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tapestry,  I Fiamminghi,  Robert Shaw Festival Singers  ... 
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    Breathe - The Relaxing Strings
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 80635 Release Date: 06/28/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Corigliano,  Ralph Vaughan Williams,  Thomas Canning,  Arvo Pärt  ... 
    Performer:  Paul Edmund-Davies,  Barry Griffiths,  Frances Tietov
    Conductor:  Rudolf Werthen,  Leonard Slatkin,  Jesús Lopez-Cobos,  André Previn  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Fiamminghi,  St. Louis Symphony Orchestra,  Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Bella Tuscany - Music Inspired By Tuscany
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 80644 Release Date: 06/22/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Pietro Mascagni,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Tomaso Albinoni  ... 
    Performer:  Paul Patterson,  Yolanda Kondonassis,  Angel Romero,  Fernando De La Mora
    Conductor:  Erich Kunzel,  Rudolf Werthen,  Sir Charles Mackerras,  Louis Lane  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cincinnati Pops,  Orchestra of Flanders,  May Festival Chorus  ... 
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    Music For A Perfect Day / Yolanda Kondonassis, Et Al
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 80590 Release Date: 03/26/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  George Frideric Handel,  Domenico Scarlatti,  Johann Sebastian Bach  ... 
    Performer:  Yolanda Kondonassis
    Conductor:  Rudolf Werthen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of Flanders
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  • 6.
    Piazzolla: Tango - Elegía De Quienes Ya No Son /I Fiamminghi
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 60526 Release Date: 02/28/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Astor Piazzolla,  Sebastian Piana,  Anibal Troilo
    Performer:  Osvaldo Calo,  Juan Jose Mosalini,  Leonardo Sanchez,  Laura Fernandez Lahera  ... 
    Conductor:  Rudolf Werthen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Fiamminghi
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  • 7.
    Hovhaness: Concerto For Harp, Etc / Kondonassis, Et Al
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 80530 Release Date: 04/25/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alan Hovhaness
    Performer:  Yolanda Kondonassis,  Eugenia Zukerman,  Frank Hendrickx,  Herwig Coryn  ... 
    Conductor:  Rudolf Werthen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Fiamminghi
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    Vivaldi: The Four Seasons / Kondonassis, Werthen, Et Al
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 80523 Release Date: 10/26/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Yolanda Kondonassis
    Conductor:  Rudolf Werthen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of Flanders
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  • 9.
    American Adagios
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 80503 Release Date: 08/05/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Samuel Barber,  George Gershwin,  Aaron Copland,  Christopher Rouse  ... 
    Performer:  Arietha Lockhart,  Robert McDuffie,  Carol Wincenc,  Paul Edmund-Davies
    Conductor:  Robert Shaw,  Erich Kunzel,  Yoel Levi,  Christoph Eschenbach  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Robert Shaw Festival Singers,  Cincinnati Pops,  Atlanta Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Vasks: Symphony
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 80457 Release Date: 09/23/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peteris Vasks
    Performer:  France Springuel
    Conductor:  Rudolf Werthen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Fiamminghi
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    Kancheli: Light Sorrow, Mourned By The Wind / Werthen, Et Al
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 80455 Release Date: 05/27/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giya Kancheli
    Performer:  France Springuel,  Oliver Hayes,  Ian Ford
    Conductor:  Rudolf Werthen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Fiamminghi,  Cantate Domino Chorus
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    Corigliano: Creations, To Music, Etc / Werthen, I Fiamminghi
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 80421 Release Date: 10/29/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Corigliano
    Performer:  Ian McKellen,  Paul Edmund-Davies
    Conductor:  Rudolf Werthen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Fiamminghi
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  • 13.
    Hovhaness: Celestial Gate / Werthen, I Fiamminghi
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 80392 Release Date: 08/29/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alan Hovhaness
    Conductor:  Rudolf Werthen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Fiamminghi
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    Pärt: Fratres / Werthen, I Fiamminghi
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 80387 Release Date: 04/18/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Arvo Pärt
    Performer:  Annemie Neuhard,  Mireille Gleizes,  France Springuel
    Conductor:  Rudolf Werthen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Fiamminghi,  I Fiamminghi members
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