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Vier ernste Gesänge

Vier ernste Gesänge

von Johannes Brahms, op. 121

Fassung für Alt oder Bariton und Orchester von Henk de Vlieger


  • Instrumentation: alto or baritone and orchestra
  • Edition: performance material
  • Language: German

 
description
Since my childhood, I have felt a great affinity with the music of Johannes Brahms, and towards the end of the 1990s I first had the idea of orchestrating his penultimate work Four Serious Songs Op. 121. In contrast to other orchestral versions of this composition, I planned to create an arrangement that takes into account both the principles of Brahms' instrumentation and the gentle character of the songs. I selected a fairly small orchestra with only two horns (these can be natural horns!) and double woodwind with contrabassoon. Timpani are employed in the first movement only, trombones in the third movement only, and I have dispensed completely with bass tuba, harp and trumpet. Henk de Vlieger
Details
Content text: I Denn es gehet dem Menschen
II Ich wandte mich
III O Tod, wie bitter bist du
IV Wenn ich mit Menschen- und mit Engelszungen redete
Performance duration: 20'0"
Publisher: Schott Music
Uraufführung : 1. März 2013 Utrecht, Vredenburg Leidsche Rijn (NL) · Stephan Genz, baritone · Dirigent: Philippe Herreweghe · Radio Filharmonisch Orkest
Year of composition: 2012
instrumentation: 2 · 2 · 2 · 2 · Kfg. - 2 · 0 · 3 · 0 - P. - Str.
Performances
Conductor: Tobias Wögerer
Orchestra: Ensemble Klangschmiede
2018-11-03 | Linz (Austria), Minoritenkirche — 17:00 | national Premiere
Conductor: Heiko Mathias Förster
Orchestra: Janáčkova filharmonie Ostrava
2017-09-17 | Český Těšín (Czech Republic), Evangelický kostel — 17:00
Conductor: Roman Emilius
Orchestra: Vogtland Philharmonie Greiz/Reichenbach
2016-11-13 | Regensburg (Germany), Dreieinigkeitskirche
Conductor: Philippe Herreweghe
Orchestra: Orchestre des Champs-Elysées
2016-10-17 | Paris (France)
Conductor: Philippe Herreweghe
Orchestra: Orchestre des Champs-Elysées
2016-10-16 | Gand (Belgium)
Conductor: Philippe Herreweghe
Orchestra: Orchestre des Champs-Elysées
2016-10-14 | Dijon (France)
Conductor: Philippe Herreweghe
Orchestra: Orchestre des Champs-Elysées
2016-10-13 | Poitiers (France)
Conductor: Wim van Herk
Orchestra: Holland Symfonie Orkest
2014-11-03 | Amsterdam (Netherlands), Concertgebouw — 20:15
Conductor: Karin Freist-Wissing
Orchestra: Orchester der Kreuzkirche Bonn
2014-03-29 | Bonn (Germany), Evangelische Kreuzkirche | national Premiere
Conductor: Philippe Herreweghe
Orchestra: Radio Filharmonisch Orkest
2013-03-03 | Amsterdam (Netherlands), Concertgebouw — 11:00
Conductor: Philippe Herreweghe
Orchestra: Radio Filharmonisch Orkest
2013-03-01 | Utrecht (Netherlands), Vredenburg Leidsche Rijn — 20:15 | World Premiere
Since my childhood, I have felt a great affinity with the music of Johannes Brahms, and towards the end of the 1990s I first had the idea of orchestrating his penultimate work Four Serious Songs Op. 121. In contrast to other orchestral versions of this composition, I planned to create an arrangement that takes into account both the principles of Brahms' instrumentation and the gentle character of the songs. I selected a fairly small orchestra with only two horns (these can be natural horns!) and double woodwind with contrabassoon. Timpani are employed in the first movement only, trombones in the third movement only, and I have dispensed completely with bass tuba, harp and trumpet. Henk de Vlieger
Content text: I Denn es gehet dem Menschen
II Ich wandte mich
III O Tod, wie bitter bist du
IV Wenn ich mit Menschen- und mit Engelszungen redete
Performance duration: 20'0"
Publisher: Schott Music
Uraufführung : 1. März 2013 Utrecht, Vredenburg Leidsche Rijn (NL) · Stephan Genz, baritone · Dirigent: Philippe Herreweghe · Radio Filharmonisch Orkest
Year of composition: 2012
instrumentation: 2 · 2 · 2 · 2 · Kfg. - 2 · 0 · 3 · 0 - P. - Str.
Conductor: Tobias Wögerer
Orchestra: Ensemble Klangschmiede
2018-11-03 | Linz (Austria), Minoritenkirche — 17:00 | national Premiere
Conductor: Heiko Mathias Förster
Orchestra: Janáčkova filharmonie Ostrava
2017-09-17 | Český Těšín (Czech Republic), Evangelický kostel — 17:00
Conductor: Roman Emilius
Orchestra: Vogtland Philharmonie Greiz/Reichenbach
2016-11-13 | Regensburg (Germany), Dreieinigkeitskirche
Conductor: Philippe Herreweghe
Orchestra: Orchestre des Champs-Elysées
2016-10-17 | Paris (France)
Conductor: Philippe Herreweghe
Orchestra: Orchestre des Champs-Elysées
2016-10-16 | Gand (Belgium)
Conductor: Philippe Herreweghe
Orchestra: Orchestre des Champs-Elysées
2016-10-14 | Dijon (France)
Conductor: Philippe Herreweghe
Orchestra: Orchestre des Champs-Elysées
2016-10-13 | Poitiers (France)
Conductor: Wim van Herk
Orchestra: Holland Symfonie Orkest
2014-11-03 | Amsterdam (Netherlands), Concertgebouw — 20:15
Conductor: Karin Freist-Wissing
Orchestra: Orchester der Kreuzkirche Bonn
2014-03-29 | Bonn (Germany), Evangelische Kreuzkirche | national Premiere
Conductor: Philippe Herreweghe
Orchestra: Radio Filharmonisch Orkest
2013-03-03 | Amsterdam (Netherlands), Concertgebouw — 11:00
Conductor: Philippe Herreweghe
Orchestra: Radio Filharmonisch Orkest
2013-03-01 | Utrecht (Netherlands), Vredenburg Leidsche Rijn — 20:15 | World Premiere