Hendrik Andriessen: Symphonic Works, Vol. 2

Hendrik Andriessen: Symphonic Works, Vol. 2

by David Porcelijn


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Release Date: 01/28/2014
Label: Cpo Records
UPC: 0761203772223
catalogNumber: 777722
Rank: 117914


  1. Wilhelmus van Nassouwe, for orchestra
  2. Mascherata, for orchestra

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Hendrik Andriessen: Symphonic Works, Vol. 2 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Matthew15 More than 1 year ago
Hendrik Andriessen was the father of the more well-known living composer, Louis Andriessen.  Known mostly for his organ works and his Kuhnau Variations, Hendrik Andriessen’s orchestral works are finally getting the attention they deserve.  The Netherlands Symphony Orchestra, with conductor David Porcelijn, is releasing a series of symphonies and orchestral pieces by Andriessen on the cpo label.  I am excited about getting introduced to this composer’s works, primarily because I don’t hear a single note being wasted.  Andriessen composed with economy, and while he is not making any bold, original statements, he is still presenting the listener with something unique. Andriessen’s blissful use of winds in the Symphony No. 2 interweave with sharp attacks of brass and percussion.  The symphony is not programmatic, but it still sounds as though he is trying to paint a picture or tell a story.  Very dramatic, especially in the third movement.  The three remaining pieces are less intense, but no less interesting.  The string section in the Ricercare is lush and full.  The four-movement Mascherata is a suite written for the Concertgebouw Orchestra in 1962.  This is a work that has some creative ideas, and deserves more recognition in the concert hall.  The final composition, Wilhelmus van Nassouwe, is a respectful concert overture which is based on the Dutch national anthem.  I missed the first volume of Andriessen’s symphonic works (but I’ve already ordered it), and I’m looking forward to the release of the third volume.  The arresting artwork on the CD booklet is a great match for the music. David Porcelijn and other conductors have recorded Andriessen’s symphony cycle previously with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra.  While I have not heard these recordings, I can say that the recordings this cpo disc sound full and clear, and the documentation is authoritative.