Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Badings, Henk. (1907-1987. Symphonies No. 4 & 5.

New acquisition.
Date of purchase: September 2007.
First listen: 13-11-2017.
Label: CPO.
Recording dates: August 2012.
Venue: Ruhr Congress, Bochum, Germany.
Sound engineer: Holger Urbach.
Time: 61:31.

Works on this CD:
Symphony No. 4 & 5.

Performed by:
Bochumer Symphoniker, David Porcelijn.

In a steady stream Badings Symphonies are released by CPO, and I am always excited to hear yet again a work by this illustrious Dutch composer, who is much underrated and almost completely forgotten. That this is not how it should be proved these excellent Symphonies. Magical realism, deep images of hazy perceptions, filigree and detailed accents, and the so important dynamics, scrupulously observed by Porcelijn. Not observing them would be a catastrophe for both compositions, for it plays an all important role. There is a lot of commitment in the performances by the Bochumer Symphoniker. Thrilling quickness when needed, with a superb controlled beauty on the strings. The artistic response is magnificent. Profound sadness is an element of the music, in which all is tenderly phrased and articulated. In the end this performance has the supreme power to console. This is how committed it is.
Sound is superb.

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