A newly compiled, generous 4CD collection of high-octane Russian orchestral masterpieces, celebrating the hundredth anniversary of the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra and the firebrand musicianship of Dutch maestro Edo de Waart.
‘In my profession,’ remarked Edo de Waart in a 1990 interview, ‘you need the affrontery to believe you have an alternative with something to say that isn’t already being said. Without this sort of gall 95 per cent of us should quit.’ His intensely practical and dynamic approach was formed by experience as an orchestral oboist, taught by the principal oboe of the Concertgebouw Orchestra in the days of Willem Mengelberg, nurtured by seeing Eduard van Beinum in action and further encouraged by Bernard Haitink: de Waart has the history of the Concertgebouw running through his veins. ‘I think people regarded me as a second Mengelberg, and I was very sure that I wasn’t.’ However, it was as chief of the rival Rotterdam Philharmonic that the conductor made his mark, in a series of recordings for Philips that played to his strengths in Romantic repertoire.
Symphony No. 1 in D minor, Op. 13;
The Rock - Fantasy for Orchestra, Op. 7;
Caprice Bohémien, Op. 12;
Symphony No. 2 in E minor, Op. 27;
The Isle of the Dead - Symphonic Poem, Op. 29;
Symphony No. 3 in A minor, Op. 44;
Symphonic Dances, Op. 45;
Mussorgsky, Modest: Pictures at an Exhibition;
Prokofiev, Sergei: Romeo and Juliet, Op. 64 - excerpts;