HENDRIK ANDRIESSEN (1892-1981): Symphonic Works, Vol. 1 - Symphony No. 1, Ballet Suite, Symphonic Etude, Kuhnau Variations.
Catalogue Number: 02O002
Reference: 777 721-2
Description: If you're a Dutch music collector with a good memory, you'll recall that we offered a two-disc set on Etcetera which had recordings of all four Andriessen symphonies (June of 2007 - 06I003 - with various recording dates; No. 1 was 1947), the Kuhnau Variations, Symphonic Etude and two other works. Needless to say, this brand-new recording of the 13-minute symphony from 1930, whose neo-classical structure hardly obscures a more romantic soul which shows the composer's love of Roussel's orchestral music, shows far more of the score than that old radio recording. The longest piece here is the 1947 Ballet Suite, not written for any particular ballet but nevertheless an attractive piece for a choreographer to investigate; its somewhat lighter mood is in keeping with Andriessen's post-war inclinations to write less "heavy" music. The Etude (1952) is another one of those ostensibly twelve-tone works which sounds tonal because Andriessen purposely constructs melodic themes from his twelve notes. Netherlands Symphony Orchestra; David Porcelijn.