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Hans Vonk: The Final Sessions: Johannes Brahms: Academic Festival Overture - Alto Rhapsody - Haydn Variations

Yvonne Naef, Netherlands Radio Choir, Netherlands Radio Symphony Orchestra, Hans Vonk

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Academic Festival Overture, Op. 80
Johannes Brahms; Netherlands Radio Symphony Orchestra; Hans Vonk
11:38
2
Rhapsody for Alto, Male Chorus and Orchestra, Op. 53
Johannes Brahms; Yvonne Naef; Netherlands Radio Choir; Netherlands Radio Symphony Orchestra; Hans Vonk
12:39
Variations on a Theme by Haydn, Op. 56a, "St. Anthony Variations"  
3
Variation 1
Johannes Brahms; Netherlands Radio Symphony Orchestra; Hans Vonk
2:03
4
Variation 2
Johannes Brahms; Netherlands Radio Symphony Orchestra; Hans Vonk
1:21
5
Variation 3
Johannes Brahms; Netherlands Radio Symphony Orchestra; Hans Vonk
1:05
6
Variation 4
Johannes Brahms; Netherlands Radio Symphony Orchestra; Hans Vonk
1:49
7
Variation 5
Johannes Brahms; Netherlands Radio Symphony Orchestra; Hans Vonk
1:57
8
Variation 6
Johannes Brahms; Netherlands Radio Symphony Orchestra; Hans Vonk
1:00
9
Variation 7
Johannes Brahms; Netherlands Radio Symphony Orchestra; Hans Vonk
1:23
10
Variation 8
Johannes Brahms; Netherlands Radio Symphony Orchestra; Hans Vonk
2:32
11
Variation 9
Johannes Brahms; Netherlands Radio Symphony Orchestra; Hans Vonk
1:06
12
Variation 10
Johannes Brahms; Netherlands Radio Symphony Orchestra; Hans Vonk
3:52
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    42:25
"Beautiful playing for what became a fine conductor’s epitaph … this is an essential disc for admirers Hans Vonk. The performances, beautifully played and vividly recorded, are marked by Vonk’s characteristic qualities of fine balancing of sound, with clear textures and a firm control of structure ..."
- Gramophone

Recorded in August 2003, exactly a year before his death, this album marks Dutch conductor Hans Vonk's last sessions with the Netherlands Radio Symphony Orchestra. The all-Brahms programme also highlights the talent of Swiss mezzo-soprano Yvonne Naef and the Male Chorus of the Netherlands Radio Choir.
96 kHz / 24-bit PCM and 2.8224 MHz DSD – PentaTone Studio Masters

Recording venue: Hilversum MCO Studio 1, The Netherlands, 18 - 21 August, 2003
Producer: Job Maarse
Balance engineer: Jean-Marie Geijsen
Recording engineer: Josh Blair
Editing: Daan van Aalst, Ientje Mooij

Recording facility: Polyhymnia International BV
Microphones: Neumann KM 130, Schoeps MK 21, DPA 4006 with Polyhymnia microphone buffer electronics
Microphone preamps: 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 5.0
Monitored on B&W Nautilus loudspeakers
Microphone, interconnect and loudspeaker cables by van den Hul

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