Haydn Works for Horn (2010)

Haydn

Jasper de Waal

Jorgen van Rijen

Any self-respecting 18th-century prince relied on enormous, extravagantly expensive hunting parties with dozens of horsemen and hundreds of dogs, whinnying horses, wild bursts of barking, and above all deafening blasts on the horns, as a reliable status symbol. But the horn was not only an outdoor instrument; it was also a well-loved denizen of many a palace music room. The instrument, in the course of the century, had evolved from being primarily an attribute of the hunt into a full-fledged member of the classical orchestra. Stopping technique became widespread around 1750: by moving the right hand inside the bell, the player was able to fill in the breaks in the horn’s natural scale, making it possible to play melodies. This changed the roaring brassiness of the hunting horn into a somewhat veiled, warmer sound associated with the French horn. (Valves were not added until the 19th century.)

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Jasper de Waal

Jasper de Waal

Jasper de Waal is not only known as the beloved principle horn of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, he is also a world class soloist, giving masterclasses and playing solo concertos and recitals around the world. He received his first instrumental lessons from his father. After winning various regional music competitions, he studied at theBrabant Conservatory with Herman Jeurissen, graduating in 1988. He continued his education at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague, with Vicente Zarzo and received hisPerformance Degree in 1990. Soon after he became principle horn of the Residentie Orchestra The Hague. From 2004 until April2012 Jasper de Waal has been principle horn of the Royal Concertgebouw OrchestraJasper de Waal has performed as a soloist with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra,Edinburgh Chamber Orchestra, The HaguePhilharmonic, Concertgebouw ChamberOrchestra, Potsdammer Philharmonie with conductors such as Jevgeni Svetlanov, Jaap van Zweden, Alexandru Lascae, George Pehlivanian. Jasper de Waal’s first CD forChannel Classics, with horn concertos byJoseph and Michael Haydn with theConcertgebouw Chamber Orchestra, was extremely well received. As a guest teacher,Jasper de Waal is affiliated with theConservatory of Amsterdam, the RoyalConservatory in The Hague and the Fontyn Academy in Tilburg. He also taught in maste rclasses at the Guildhall School of Music, theConservatory of Amsterdam and Fundácion Excelentia in Madrid.•

Jorgen van Rijen

Principal trombonist of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Jörgen van Rijen is also much in demand as a soloist with a special commitment to promoting his instrument, developing new repertoire for the trombone and bringing the existing repertoire to a broader audience. He is a specialist on both the modern and baroque trombone. He has performed as a soloist in most European countries, as well as the United States, Canada, Japan, China, Korea, Russia, Singapore and Australia and performed concertos with orchestras including the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Czech Philharmonic, the Rotterdam Philharmonic, Combattimento Consort Amsterdam and the Netherlands Symphony Orchestra. In the coming seasons Jörgen will appear as a soloist with orchestras such as the Taiwan Philharmonic, Nagoya Philharmonic, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, and on tour in Japan with Michel Becquet.

Jörgen was awarded the Netherlands Music Prize in 2004, the highest distinction in the field of music, by the Dutch Ministry of Culture. In 2006 he received the prestigious Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award, which is presented yearly to a selection of the most promising and talented young international soloists and ensembles. He has won other major prizes, including first prizes at the international trombone competitions of Toulon and Guebwiller.

In a review of his first CD, the music magazine 'Luister' wrote: 'Van Rijen is a real ambassador of his instrument, which is still not often used as a virtuoso brass instrument among composers. But there are not that many trombonists who reach the brilliant level of Van Rijen. In sound, dynamic, colour, musical understanding and expressiveness, Van Rijen is unequalled...'.

Many new pieces have been written for Jörgen, including a trombone concerto by Theo Verbey, commissioned by the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. In the season 2010 / 2011 he will appear in concerts with the Combattimento Consort Amsterdam and the Netherlands Symphony Orchestra. In the spring of 2012 Jörgen has premiered a trombone concerto by Kalevi Aho that was written for him as a commission from the Borletti-Buitoni Trust, with concerts with the The Hague Philharmonic, the Oulu Sinfonia in Finland and the BBC Symphony Orchestra. About that last concert The Times wrote: "... van Rijen and Aho turned the trombone into a fount of melodic grace and gambolling, cradled over four generous movements by an equally refined orchestra..." Plans for the future include new commissions by Florian Maier and James MacMillan.

Jörgen teaches at the Amsterdam Conservatory and has been appointed International Visiting Professor at the Royal Academy of Music, London. He is also an active chamber musician. He was one of the founders of the New Trombone Collective and the RCO Brass.

He plays exclusively on instruments built by Antoine Courtois and has released 3 CDs on the label Channel Classics.

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Haydn Works for Horn (2010)

Haydn

Jasper de Waal

    HVT

Met Jasper de Waal is geen groter pleitbezorger te vinden van deze prachtige muziek uit de 18e eeuw. Laat het maar aan Haydn over om daar iets moois mee te doen, gesteund door een groep musici die met hún instrument dezelfde kwaliteit bieden. Ramen open en laat de buren meegenieten!

    Luister

De muzikant verdient de titel ‘first chair’ dubbel en dwars en hij wordt door zijn collega’s puntgaaf ondersteund (...)

    Opus Klassiek

Volgens mij is Jasper de Waal een hoornist uit duizenden die niet alleen zijn soms zeer weerbarstige instrument volledig beheerst, maar ook in puur muzikaal opzicht tot in de hoogste regionen reikt. (…) Dit is een geweldige uitgave, waar niet alleen het spelplezier vanaf straalt, maar die ook laat horen dat Jasper de Waal niet voor niets solohoornist van ons muzikale nationale boegbeeld is. Met een diep glanzende toon laat hij iedere technische barrière met speels gemak achter zich. Dat lukt alleen maar met een volmaakt embouchure. Hij maakt van iedere aanzet, iedere frase een dusdanig luisterrijk festijn dat ik deze sacd een keer of vijf achter elkaar heb gedraaid. De sonore opname mag er eveneens zijn. Jared Sacks en Hein Dekker tekenden voor een tot in de kleinste puntjes verzorgde registratie. Dit is muziek maken van de bovenste plank en daarmee een sacd om echt van te likkebaarden!

    Fanfare

gorgeously natural, warm and wholly flattering engineering to both the soloist and the larger ensemble. Jasper de Waal has an attractive tone, full but not brassy, and he negotiates the difficult leaps and rapid passages-work with utter security. Haydn’s Divertimento a Tre is a brilliant, original, and highly entertaining bit of early Haydn, and it’s virtually unknown.

    Fono forum

de Waal der sein Instrument absolut souverän beherrscht und zudem mit wunderschöner Tongebung ungemein musikalisch gestaltet. Auf gleichen Niveau agieren sein Orchesterkollege, Jörgen van Rijen und das brillante Kammerorchester.

    Audiophile Audition

His performance is first-class, expressive in the slow movement, producing lovely creamy tone and lively in the outer tones. He uses vibrato sparingly, to create a pleasant effect, and is superbly accompanied by the Concertgebouw Chamber Orchestra. In the sonically stunning Adagio for horn and trombone Jasper is joined by Jorgen van Rijen, Years of experience are evident in the results, perfect blending making the hairs on the neck stand up. What a terrific way to end this well thought-out recital programme. The sound quality on this release is up to the usual CCS standard; that is to say, it’s exemplary! This is surely another triumph for Jared Sacks and his team

    Classics Today

a brilliant, original, and highly entertaining bit of early Haydn, and it's virtually unknown. So what are you waiting for?

Haydn Works for Horn (2010)

Haydn

Jasper de Waal

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Digital Converters:Grimm A/D DSD / Meitner DA
Mastering Engineer:Jared Sacks
Mastering Equipment:B&W 803 diamond series
Microphones:Bruel & Kjaer, Schoeps
Mixing Board:Rens Heijnis custom design
Producer:Hein Dekker
Recording Engineer:Hein Dekker, Jared Sacks
Recording location:Waalse Kerk Amsterdam Holland 2010
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Concerto for Horn no.1 in D major Hob. VIId_3 - Allegro
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Concerto for Horn no.1 in D major Hob. VIId_3 - Adagio
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Concerto for Horn no.1 in D major Hob. VIId_3 - Allegro
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Romance for Horn and String Quartet
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Concerto for Horn no. 2 in D major Hob. VIId_4 - Allegro Moderato
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Concerto for Horn no. 2 in D major Hob. VIId_4 - Adagio
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Concerto for Horn no. 2 in D major Hob. VIId_4 - Allegro
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Divertimento a Tre Hob. IV_5
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Adagio and Allegro Molto for Horn and Trombone from Serenade in D major - Adagio
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Adagio and Allegro Molto for Horn and Trombone from Serenade in D major - Allegro Molto
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