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Britten: Frank Bridge Variations - Bartok: Divertimento - Hartmann: Concerto funèbre

Netherlands Chamber Orchestra, Gordan Nikolić

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Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge for String Orchestra, Op. 10  
1
Introduction and Theme. Lento Maestoso - Allegretto poco lento
Benjamin Britten; Gordan Nikolić; Beverley Lunt; Richard Wolfe; Herre-Jan Stegenga; Netherlands Chamber Orchestra
2:00
2
Variation 1. Adagio
Benjamin Britten; Gordan Nikolic; Beverley Lunt; Richard Wolfe; Herre-Jan Stegenga; Netherlands Chamber Orchestra
2:29
3
Variation 2. March. Presto alla marcia
Benjamin Britten; Gordan Nikolić; Beverley Lunt; Richard Wolfe; Herre-Jan Stegenga; Netherlands Chamber Orchestra
1:01
4
Variation 3. Romance. Allegretto grazioso
Benjamin Britten; Gordan Nikolić; Beverley Lunt; Richard Wolfe; Herre-Jan Stegenga; Netherlands Chamber Orchestra
1:25
5
Variation 4. Aria italiana. Allegro brillante
Benjamin Britten; Gordan Nikolić; Beverley Lunt; Richard Wolfe; Herre-Jan Stegenga; Netherlands Chamber Orchestra
1:13
6
Variation 5. Bouree Classique. Allegro e pesante
Benjamin Britten; Gordan Nikolić; Beverley Lunt; Richard Wolfe; Herre-Jan Stegenga; Netherlands Chamber Orchestra
1:16
7
Variation 6. Wiener Walzer. Lento. Vivace
Benjamin Britten; Gordan Nikolić; Beverley Lunt; Richard Wolfe; Herre-Jan Stegenga; Netherlands Chamber Orchestra
2:43
8
Variation 7. Moto Perpetuo. Allegro molto
Benjamin Britten; Gordan Nikolić; Beverley Lunt; Richard Wolfe; Herre-Jan Stegenga; Netherlands Chamber Orchestra
1:05
9
Variation 8. Funeral March. Andante ritmico
Benjamin Britten; Gordan Nikolić; Beverley Lunt; Richard Wolfe; Herre-Jan Stegenga; Netherlands Chamber Orchestra
3:44
10
Variation 9. Chant. Lento
Benjamin Britten; Gordan Nikolić; Beverley Lunt; Richard Wolfe; Herre-Jan Stegenga; Netherlands Chamber Orchestra
1:44
11
Variation 10. Fugue and Finale. Allegro molto vivace - Molto animato - Lento e solenne
Benjamin Britten; Gordan Nikolić; Beverley Lunt; Richard Wolfe; Herre-Jan Stegenga; Netherlands Chamber Orchestra
7:31
Concerto funèbre  
12
I. Introduction. Largo
Karl Amadeus Hartmann; Gordan Nikolić; Netherlands Chamber Orchestra
1:16
13
II. Adagio
Karl Amadeus Hartmann; Gordan Nikolić; Netherlands Chamber Orchestra
6:58
14
III. Allegro di molto
Karl Amadeus Hartmann; Gordan Nikolić; Netherlands Chamber Orchestra
8:27
15
IV. Choral. Langsamer Marsch
Karl Amadeus Hartmann; Gordan Nikolić; Netherlands Chamber Orchestra
3:50
Divertimento, Sz. 113 (Live)  
16
I. Allegro non troppo
Béla Bartók; Gordan Nikolić; Beverley Lunt; Richard Wolfe; Herre-Jan Stegenga; Annette Zahn; Netherlands Chamber Orchestra
8:48
17
II. Molto adagio
Béla Bartók; Gordan Nikolić; Beverley Lunt; Richard Wolfe; Herre-Jan Stegenga; Annette Zahn; Netherlands Chamber Orchestra
9:10
18
III. Allegro assai
Béla Bartók; Gordan Nikolić; Beverley Lunt; Richard Wolfe; Herre-Jan Stegenga; Annette Zahn; Netherlands Chamber Orchestra
7:12
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    71:52
"Four Stars. The skilled players communicate successfully both the lighter moments and the heavier emotions ... their lovely string ensemble tone is perfectly captured by PentaTone’s engineers."
- Audiophile Audition

"All the elements for a great recording are present ... each of the three works is a masterpiece ... the excellent Netherlands Chamber Orchestra are powerful interpreters ... sound and performances of the highest quality."
- Fanfare

This is a collection of pieces composed in the two years leading up to World War II by Benjamin Britten, Béla Bartók and Karl Amadeus Hartmann, performed by the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra under Gordan Nikolić.
96 kHz / 24-bit PCM and 2.8224 MHz DSD – PentaTone Studio Masters

Recording venue: Doopsgezinde Singelkerk, Amsterdam, 6 + 11/2004
Producer: Job Maarse
Balance Engineer: Jean-Marie Geijsen
Recording Engineers: Erdo Groot; Jin Choi
Editing: Catherine Mooi

Recording facility: Polyhymnia International BV
Microphones: Neumann KM 130, Schoeps MK 2S, DPA 4011 with Polyhymnia microphone buffer electronics.
Microphone pre-amps: Custom build by Polyhymnia International BV and outputs directly connected to Meitner DSD AD converter.
DSD recording, editing and mixing: Pyramix Virtual Studio by Merging Technologies
Monitored on B&W Nautilus loudspeakers.
Microphone, interconnect and loudspeaker cables by van den Hul.

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