Dutch Hidden Gems (Badings, Koetsier, Bosmans, Werkman)

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Tracklist

1.
Badings: Viola Concerto: I. Quasi lento
11:51
2.
Badings: Viola Concerto: II. Adagio
06:27
3.
Badings: Viola Concerto: III. Allegro molto
05:30
4.
Werkman: Pavane for Viola and Orchestra
05:25
5.
Koetsier: Concertino for Viola and Orchestra: I. Allegro energico
03:37
6.
Koetsier: Concertino for Viola and Orchestra: II. Andante cantabile
04:33
7.
Koetsier: Concertino for Viola and Orchestra: III. Lento quasi recitativo
04:38
8.
Badings: Sonate for Viola and Piano: I. Allegro
08:42
9.
Badings: Sonate for Viola and Piano: II. Largo
06:06
10.
Badings: Sonate for Viola and Piano: III. Vivace
05:13
11.
Bosmans: Arietta - Largo
02:58

Description

Dutch Hidden Gems features a wonderful little treasure chest overflowing with musical gems for the viola, all composed in Holland in the twentieth century. It includes the first recording of the Concertino for Viola and Orchestra composed by Jan Koetsier.

Even more delightful is the thought that these pieces and their four composers abide in the twilight of Dutch musical life and seldom if ever come to the attention of soloists and orchestras. They spotlight a beautiful solo instrument – the viola – which is not exactly seen as the prima donna of the podium, and which usually occupies a modest place as a middle voice in the orchestra or string quartet.

Dana Zemtsov: “As a violist, a big mission in my professional life is to disproof the general misconception that the repertoire written for my instrument is limited. There is still so much that has not yet been played or recorded, so much to be explored or reinterpreted. It is such an interesting journey to evaluate the worth of a forgotten or lost work (as the Koetsier Viola Concerto and Badings Sonata for Viola & Piano) because at such a stage, the willingness of the artist to search and to discover what is in the pages is just as important as what might later be considered to be the objective worth of the piece. It is in this spirit of discovery and excitement that I would like to present this new album to my fellow violists, music lovers, and all those who are curious and eager for musical surprises. This album is also a homage to the Netherlands, a country which I love dearly, which has o ered me so many possibilities and where I always feel welcome and at home.”

Dana Zemtsov – Viola
Anna Fedorova – Piano
Phion Orchestra of Gelderland & Overijssel
Shizuo Kuwahara, Conductor

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Cultuurpakt (BE)

Een CD vol zalige ontdekkingen, romantiek en experiment.

Trouw

De prachtig aarzelende, maar zinderende toon van Dana Zemtsovs instrument trekken je oren meteen het Altvioolconcert van Henk Badings in. (…) Phion en dirigent Shizuo Z Kuwahara begeleiden Zemtsov mooi.

De Gelderlander 5 out of 5

Zemtsov en Fedorova voelen de muzikale verdieping perfect aan en presenteren momenten waarop de twee instrumenten op een bedwelmende wijze samensmelten en kleuren en bewegingen naadloos in elkaar overlopen. (…) Met Shizuo Kuwahara op de bok is ook hier sprake van een optimale samenwerking. Soliste en orkest geloven in hun missie en storten zich vol overgave eensgezind in de muziek.

De Volkskrant

Aan haar instrument weet ze een hele waaier aan klanken te ontlokken, van smeltend warm tot ijl en unheimisch. Hier etaleert ze haar veelzijdige virtuositeit in vrijwel onbekend Nederlands repertoire. De titel, ‘Nederlandse verborgen juwelen’, blijkt geen overdrijving te zijn.

Het Parool

Voor Zemtsov telt duidelijk slechts de muziek, die ze met grote overtuigingskracht voor het voetlicht brengt.

HRAudio / NativeDSD

Dana Zemstov demonstrates that the viola can say things the violin cannot. As an eminently accomplished player, she displays the power to communicate with her instrument the sometimes ugly, sometimes compassionate shades of the concerto to perfection. Dana doesn’t play to please, she plays to convince; to draw the listener into her world of vivid imagination, to which Badings provides all the tools she needs to that effect. This is a performance on no account to be missed.

Musicalifeiten

(…) Wanneer zich dan bovendien nog iemand van haar kaliber zich voor deze composities inzet en het klinkend resultaat zo mooi is, mogen we haar heel dankbaar zijn. Alle waardering ook voor de inzet van pianiste Anna Fedorova en het Phion orkest onder Shizuo Kuwahara.

NRC 4 out of 5

De componisten, van wie alleen de in 1960 geboren Anne Werkman nog leeft, hebben in Zemtsov (1992) met haar nu eens gulle, dan weer elegante toon en solistische temperament een ideaal pleitbezorgster. (…) Een corona-pareltje, deze cd.

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