Orchestral Works and Chamber Music

KTC 1359 . 2CD . 8711801101965 . 01/01/2008 . Etcetera Records

Orchestral Works and Chamber Music

Composer(s):
  • Léon Orthel (1905-1985)

Léon Orthel’s generation – including Flothuis, Van Hemel, Van Delden, Landré and Henkemans – is almost a lost generation: between 1940 and 1970 they were well-known and frequently performed, now they are almost forgotten. At the same time, this period was a golden age for Dutch composers. During the war, at least 20% of music to be played by orchestras was Dutch. This interest in Dutch mu sic continued after the war, when every symphony orchestra had a Dutch conductor and Dutch compositions were performed on international tours. Orthel’s music played a substantial role in Dutch music life and both the Concertgebouw Orchestra and the Residentie Orchestra played Orthel’s Second Symphony on major tours of America. Léon Orthel’s compositions are mostly expressive and at times romantic. From time to time they have an unexpectedly dark undertone, rather like the works by his American colleague Samuel Barber. Some works are utterly amazing and overwhelming: concise, well-built, yet capricious with unexpected impulses, and with influences of Ravel and Stravinsky. Others reminisce of a blues à la Gershwin, of folk songs, and childhood memories. Orthel’s vocal oeuvre consists entirely of songs, mostly written on texts by Rainer Maria Rilke. Written with great skill, Orthel’s best works deserve being remembered. At the age of sixteen Léon Orthel (1905-1985) studied composition with Johan Wagenaar. In 1928 he went to Berlin, where he studied with Paul Juon and Curt Sachs. A year later he went back to Johan Wagenaar. A few short works for piano and orchestra and a cello concerto date from the 30s; the composer withdrew nine opus numbers. In those years he was busy renewing his idiom, but he did not feel comfortable with atonality. He discovered his own style in his First Symphony (1936) and especially his Second Symphony (1940). At the same time he developed into an excellent pianist. For thirty years he taught the piano at the Conservatory of The Hague and for more than twenty years he taught composition at the Conservatory of Amsterdam.

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Track listing

CD 1 - Orchestral Works and Chamber Music
1 Evocazione 04:23
artists: ' Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra' 'Ank Reinders' 'Ruud van der Meer' 'Joan Berkhemer' 'Cor de Groot' 'Sepp Grotenhuis' 'Jaques Hendriks' 'Rudolf Jansen' 'Léon Orthel' ' Amsterdam Philharmonic Orchestra' 'Jean Fournet' 'Anton Kersjes' 'Willem van Otterloo'
composers: 'Léon Orthel (1905-1985)'
Symphony 3
2 Adagio 05:34
artists: ' Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra' 'Ank Reinders' 'Ruud van der Meer' 'Joan Berkhemer' 'Cor de Groot' 'Sepp Grotenhuis' 'Jaques Hendriks' 'Rudolf Jansen' 'Léon Orthel' ' Amsterdam Philharmonic Orchestra' 'Jean Fournet' 'Anton Kersjes' 'Willem van Otterloo'
composers: 'Léon Orthel (1905-1985)'
3 Scherzo 06:57
artists: ' Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra' 'Ank Reinders' 'Ruud van der Meer' 'Joan Berkhemer' 'Cor de Groot' 'Sepp Grotenhuis' 'Jaques Hendriks' 'Rudolf Jansen' 'Léon Orthel' ' Amsterdam Philharmonic Orchestra' 'Jean Fournet' 'Anton Kersjes' 'Willem van Otterloo'
composers: 'Léon Orthel (1905-1985)'
4 Adagio 07:27
artists: ' Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra' 'Ank Reinders' 'Ruud van der Meer' 'Joan Berkhemer' 'Cor de Groot' 'Sepp Grotenhuis' 'Jaques Hendriks' 'Rudolf Jansen' 'Léon Orthel' ' Amsterdam Philharmonic Orchestra' 'Jean Fournet' 'Anton Kersjes' 'Willem van Otterloo'
composers: 'Léon Orthel (1905-1985)'
5 Allegro non troppo - Agadio 12:46
artists: ' Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra' 'Ank Reinders' 'Ruud van der Meer' 'Joan Berkhemer' 'Cor de Groot' 'Sepp Grotenhuis' 'Jaques Hendriks' 'Rudolf Jansen' 'Léon Orthel' ' Amsterdam Philharmonic Orchestra' 'Jean Fournet' 'Anton Kersjes' 'Willem van Otterloo'
composers: 'Léon Orthel (1905-1985)'
6 Symphony 4 20:49
artists: ' Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra' 'Ank Reinders' 'Ruud van der Meer' 'Joan Berkhemer' 'Cor de Groot' 'Sepp Grotenhuis' 'Jaques Hendriks' 'Rudolf Jansen' 'Léon Orthel' ' Amsterdam Philharmonic Orchestra' 'Jean Fournet' 'Anton Kersjes' 'Willem van Otterloo'
composers: 'Léon Orthel (1905-1985)'
CD 2 - Orchestral Works and Chamber Music
Etudes Caprices
1 Perpetuum mobile 02:00
artists: ' Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra' 'Ank Reinders' 'Ruud van der Meer' 'Joan Berkhemer' 'Cor de Groot' 'Sepp Grotenhuis' 'Jaques Hendriks' 'Rudolf Jansen' 'Léon Orthel' ' Amsterdam Philharmonic Orchestra' 'Jean Fournet' 'Anton Kersjes' 'Willem van Otterloo'
composers: 'Léon Orthel (1905-1985)'
2 Andante mosso 01:14
artists: ' Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra' 'Ank Reinders' 'Ruud van der Meer' 'Joan Berkhemer' 'Cor de Groot' 'Sepp Grotenhuis' 'Jaques Hendriks' 'Rudolf Jansen' 'Léon Orthel' ' Amsterdam Philharmonic Orchestra' 'Jean Fournet' 'Anton Kersjes' 'Willem van Otterloo'
composers: 'Léon Orthel (1905-1985)'
3 Allegro vivo 02:25
artists: ' Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra' 'Ank Reinders' 'Ruud van der Meer' 'Joan Berkhemer' 'Cor de Groot' 'Sepp Grotenhuis' 'Jaques Hendriks' 'Rudolf Jansen' 'Léon Orthel' ' Amsterdam Philharmonic Orchestra' 'Jean Fournet' 'Anton Kersjes' 'Willem van Otterloo'
composers: 'Léon Orthel (1905-1985)'
4 Foute som 01:43
artists: ' Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra' 'Ank Reinders' 'Ruud van der Meer' 'Joan Berkhemer' 'Cor de Groot' 'Sepp Grotenhuis' 'Jaques Hendriks' 'Rudolf Jansen' 'Léon Orthel' ' Amsterdam Philharmonic Orchestra' 'Jean Fournet' 'Anton Kersjes' 'Willem van Otterloo'
composers: 'Léon Orthel (1905-1985)'
5 Allegro vivace 02:22
artists: ' Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra' 'Ank Reinders' 'Ruud van der Meer' 'Joan Berkhemer' 'Cor de Groot' 'Sepp Grotenhuis' 'Jaques Hendriks' 'Rudolf Jansen' 'Léon Orthel' ' Amsterdam Philharmonic Orchestra' 'Jean Fournet' 'Anton Kersjes' 'Willem van Otterloo'
composers: 'Léon Orthel (1905-1985)'
Songs opus 33
6 Tod der Geliebten 02:59
artists: ' Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra' 'Ank Reinders' 'Ruud van der Meer' 'Joan Berkhemer' 'Cor de Groot' 'Sepp Grotenhuis' 'Jaques Hendriks' 'Rudolf Jansen' 'Léon Orthel' ' Amsterdam Philharmonic Orchestra' 'Jean Fournet' 'Anton Kersjes' 'Willem van Otterloo'
composers: 'Léon Orthel (1905-1985)'
7 Ist ein Schloss 01:16
artists: ' Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra' 'Ank Reinders' 'Ruud van der Meer' 'Joan Berkhemer' 'Cor de Groot' 'Sepp Grotenhuis' 'Jaques Hendriks' 'Rudolf Jansen' 'Léon Orthel' ' Amsterdam Philharmonic Orchestra' 'Jean Fournet' 'Anton Kersjes' 'Willem van Otterloo'
composers: 'Léon Orthel (1905-1985)'
Sonatine 5
8 Poco allegro 02:46
artists: ' Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra' 'Ank Reinders' 'Ruud van der Meer' 'Joan Berkhemer' 'Cor de Groot' 'Sepp Grotenhuis' 'Jaques Hendriks' 'Rudolf Jansen' 'Léon Orthel' ' Amsterdam Philharmonic Orchestra' 'Jean Fournet' 'Anton Kersjes' 'Willem van Otterloo'
composers: 'Léon Orthel (1905-1985)'
9 Molto tranquillo e rubato 02:41
artists: ' Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra' 'Ank Reinders' 'Ruud van der Meer' 'Joan Berkhemer' 'Cor de Groot' 'Sepp Grotenhuis' 'Jaques Hendriks' 'Rudolf Jansen' 'Léon Orthel' ' Amsterdam Philharmonic Orchestra' 'Jean Fournet' 'Anton Kersjes' 'Willem van Otterloo'
composers: 'Léon Orthel (1905-1985)'
10 Allegretto 02:15
artists: ' Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra' 'Ank Reinders' 'Ruud van der Meer' 'Joan Berkhemer' 'Cor de Groot' 'Sepp Grotenhuis' 'Jaques Hendriks' 'Rudolf Jansen' 'Léon Orthel' ' Amsterdam Philharmonic Orchestra' 'Jean Fournet' 'Anton Kersjes' 'Willem van Otterloo'
composers: 'Léon Orthel (1905-1985)'
Songs opus 54
11 Kreuzigung 03:03
artists: ' Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra' 'Ank Reinders' 'Ruud van der Meer' 'Joan Berkhemer' 'Cor de Groot' 'Sepp Grotenhuis' 'Jaques Hendriks' 'Rudolf Jansen' 'Léon Orthel' ' Amsterdam Philharmonic Orchestra' 'Jean Fournet' 'Anton Kersjes' 'Willem van Otterloo'
composers: 'Léon Orthel (1905-1985)'
12 Der Knabe 01:29
artists: ' Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra' 'Ank Reinders' 'Ruud van der Meer' 'Joan Berkhemer' 'Cor de Groot' 'Sepp Grotenhuis' 'Jaques Hendriks' 'Rudolf Jansen' 'Léon Orthel' ' Amsterdam Philharmonic Orchestra' 'Jean Fournet' 'Anton Kersjes' 'Willem van Otterloo'
composers: 'Léon Orthel (1905-1985)'
13 Capriccio 03:19
artists: ' Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra' 'Ank Reinders' 'Ruud van der Meer' 'Joan Berkhemer' 'Cor de Groot' 'Sepp Grotenhuis' 'Jaques Hendriks' 'Rudolf Jansen' 'Léon Orthel' ' Amsterdam Philharmonic Orchestra' 'Jean Fournet' 'Anton Kersjes' 'Willem van Otterloo'
composers: 'Léon Orthel (1905-1985)'
Songs opus 26
14 Schlaflied 01:53
artists: ' Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra' 'Ank Reinders' 'Ruud van der Meer' 'Joan Berkhemer' 'Cor de Groot' 'Sepp Grotenhuis' 'Jaques Hendriks' 'Rudolf Jansen' 'Léon Orthel' ' Amsterdam Philharmonic Orchestra' 'Jean Fournet' 'Anton Kersjes' 'Willem van Otterloo'
composers: 'Léon Orthel (1905-1985)'
15 Die Laute 01:28
artists: ' Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra' 'Ank Reinders' 'Ruud van der Meer' 'Joan Berkhemer' 'Cor de Groot' 'Sepp Grotenhuis' 'Jaques Hendriks' 'Rudolf Jansen' 'Léon Orthel' ' Amsterdam Philharmonic Orchestra' 'Jean Fournet' 'Anton Kersjes' 'Willem van Otterloo'
composers: 'Léon Orthel (1905-1985)'
16 Eva 03:12
artists: ' Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra' 'Ank Reinders' 'Ruud van der Meer' 'Joan Berkhemer' 'Cor de Groot' 'Sepp Grotenhuis' 'Jaques Hendriks' 'Rudolf Jansen' 'Léon Orthel' ' Amsterdam Philharmonic Orchestra' 'Jean Fournet' 'Anton Kersjes' 'Willem van Otterloo'
composers: 'Léon Orthel (1905-1985)'
Sonatine 6
17 Allegro moderato 01:28
artists: ' Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra' 'Ank Reinders' 'Ruud van der Meer' 'Joan Berkhemer' 'Cor de Groot' 'Sepp Grotenhuis' 'Jaques Hendriks' 'Rudolf Jansen' 'Léon Orthel' ' Amsterdam Philharmonic Orchestra' 'Jean Fournet' 'Anton Kersjes' 'Willem van Otterloo'
composers: 'Léon Orthel (1905-1985)'
18 Andante 02:25
artists: ' Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra' 'Ank Reinders' 'Ruud van der Meer' 'Joan Berkhemer' 'Cor de Groot' 'Sepp Grotenhuis' 'Jaques Hendriks' 'Rudolf Jansen' 'Léon Orthel' ' Amsterdam Philharmonic Orchestra' 'Jean Fournet' 'Anton Kersjes' 'Willem van Otterloo'
composers: 'Léon Orthel (1905-1985)'
19 Vivace 01:50
artists: ' Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra' 'Ank Reinders' 'Ruud van der Meer' 'Joan Berkhemer' 'Cor de Groot' 'Sepp Grotenhuis' 'Jaques Hendriks' 'Rudolf Jansen' 'Léon Orthel' ' Amsterdam Philharmonic Orchestra' 'Jean Fournet' 'Anton Kersjes' 'Willem van Otterloo'
composers: 'Léon Orthel (1905-1985)'
Hommages en forme d'étude
20 Debussy 01:55
artists: ' Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra' 'Ank Reinders' 'Ruud van der Meer' 'Joan Berkhemer' 'Cor de Groot' 'Sepp Grotenhuis' 'Jaques Hendriks' 'Rudolf Jansen' 'Léon Orthel' ' Amsterdam Philharmonic Orchestra' 'Jean Fournet' 'Anton Kersjes' 'Willem van Otterloo'
composers: 'Léon Orthel (1905-1985)'
21 Ravel 03:35
artists: ' Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra' 'Ank Reinders' 'Ruud van der Meer' 'Joan Berkhemer' 'Cor de Groot' 'Sepp Grotenhuis' 'Jaques Hendriks' 'Rudolf Jansen' 'Léon Orthel' ' Amsterdam Philharmonic Orchestra' 'Jean Fournet' 'Anton Kersjes' 'Willem van Otterloo'
composers: 'Léon Orthel (1905-1985)'