Tintomara (2015)

Purcell, Rabe, Damase, Padding, Ravel, Maier, Michel

Wim Van Hasselt, Jorgen van Rijen

Pierre Volders

Tintomara, as this CD is called, is a dualistic figure from The Briar Rose Book by the Swedish author Jonas Love Almqvist (1793-1859); in Folke Rabe’s Tintomara it reflects the male and female character of the trumpet and trombone. Folke Rabe: ‘When I was working on this little piece I spent a lot of time thinking about the concept of male and female. The penetrating sound of the trumpet, and its role in military fanfares, are primarily associated with typically male qualities, while the trumpet is really a soprano instrument. Its warm sound and attractive glissandos (sliding notes) perhaps evoke motherly associations, but the range of the trombone corresponds to the male voice. Not to mention the trombone as a metaphor for male sexuality, when Movitz climbs into bed with his instrument! (He is a character in the songs of Carl Michael Bellman, which are set in the taverns of eighteenth-century Stockholm.)’ On this CD programme the performers explore this versatile, ambiguous character, the range of colours, possibilities and even boundaries of the combination of trumpet and trombone, in which the soprano voice of the trumpet forms a wonderful combination with the tenor of the trombone.

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Wim Van Hasselt

Wim Van Hasselt is a member of the trumpet section of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam. He is professor of trumpet at the University of Music Freiburg and regulary gives recitals and masterclasses at home and abroad (Europe, N-America and Japan). He’s also an active chamber musician in different ensembles and has appeared at the festivals of Lucerne, Bad Kissingen and Schleswig Holstein among many others.

Wim Van Hasselt was born in Turnhout, Belgium. He studied at the Hochschule für Musik in Karlsruhe (Germany) with Prof. Reinhold Friedrich and Prof. Dr. Edward H. Tarr (baroque trumpet). He also attended lessons and masterclasses given by Ole Edvard Antonsen, Prof. Klaus Schuhwerk, Markus Stockhausen and Philip Smith.

After taking part in the orchestra academies of the Deutsche Oper Berlin and the State Opera Stuttgart he had a trumpet position with the Radio Symphony Orchestra Berlin, from 2005 to 2009. In addition to the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra he has played with the Berlin Philharmonic and the Lucerne Festival Orchestra.

His first solo CD “On the Road” was released on the Channel Classics label, showing his versatility and feeling for style in an impressive manner. It includes a couple of works that have been composed especially for this CD. The project was awarded the “Prix de Salon” 2010 of the Foundation Donateurs Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra.

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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Tintomara (2015)

Purcell, Rabe, Damase, Padding, Ravel, Maier, Michel

Wim Van Hasselt, Jorgen van Rijen

    International Trombone Association Journal

Van Hasselt and Van Rijen both show great delicacy and sensivity (...) they continue to showcase a resonant, characteristic quality in all extremes of range

    NCRV gids

Prachtige, soms jazzachtige, vrolijke en virtuoze muziek van klassiek componisten. De mogelijkheden van beide instrumenten worden in deze verrassende arrangementen en originele composities optimaal benut.

    Het Parool -

(..) een fraaie staalkaart van de mogelijkheden op deze twee koperblaasinstrumenten (...) Allemaal mooie stukken, die op het hoogst denkbare niveau worden uitgevoerd.

    Opus Klassiek

Twee vakmannen, prachtig repertoire, schitterende opname. Een genot om naar te luisteren!


There is little that these players cannot project in terms of multifaceted lyricism, colour and dramatic presence, and this is matched by the very best in modern brass programming. (...) All the facets of this project are outstanding and it starts with a dazzling sound (...)


(..) musical enchantment that is off the beaten track (...) with clear and virtuoso playing, Wim van Hasselt en Jörgen van Rijen manage to win us over with a demanding and jubilatory program. Here is a SACD to listen to right away.


(...) exciting choice of music (...) unusual but thoroughly entertaining programme of music whose compositions ranges over more than 300 years.


Het luisteren is een groot feest, door het aanstekelijke spel en door de perfecte opname.


(...) Duetten dus, maar ook solowerken voor trompet en trombone én een aantal arrangementen zijn te horen op deze rijke en verrassende release. (...)

    SA-CD.net -

The blending of the two brass instruments – that replace the violin and cello – is impeccable (...) Jared Sacks's sensitive engineering ensures that both solo instruments and ensembles are presented to the listener with equal vividness whilst the fine acoustic of the MCO Studio 1 in Hilversum provides the clarity and warmth for all the music on this most novel SACD.

Graham Williams[read full review]

    De Volkskrant -

(...) als van Hasselt zijn toon laat wegsmelten, kiest van Rijen dezelfde intensiteit, dezelfde directheid, dezelfde zwaarte, en omgekeerd – als raspaarden uit hetzelfde nest. (...) Hun cd is een bonte staalkaart van originele stukken en bewerkingen, die loopt van de 17de eeuw tot nu.

    The Whole Note

(...) surprise (...) how mellow these brass instruments sound in the context (...)

    Klassiek Centraal

De combinatie van trompet en trombone, van de sopraan stem van de trompet met de tenor van de trombone is grensverleggend (...) Een cd met schitterende, sonoor verruimende klanken en klankcombinaties van beide, bronstige kopers. Virtuoos, verrassend en verruimend. Een heel, heel bijzondere cd (...)

Tintomara (2015)

Purcell, Rabe, Damase, Padding, Ravel, Maier, Michel

Wim Van Hasselt, Jorgen van Rijen

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Recording Engineer: Jared Sacks
Recording location: MCO Hilversum Holland
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