Now available in multi-channel surround SACD!
The Rotterdam Chamber Orchestra, under the direction of Conrad van Alphen, records Grieg's "Holberg Suite, Op. 40," Dvorák's "Serenade for Strings in E major, Op. 22" and Elgar's "Serenade for Strings in E minor, Op. 20."
Blending the lushness of these Romantic compositions with the richness of the Rotterdam Chamber Orchestra's strings, Maestro van Alphen interprets the serenades with great fervor.
Edward Elgar (1857-1934) would have remained an unnoticed provincial English composer if he had not married Alice Roberts, daughter of a Major General. With his wife's help, Elgar unearthed three remarkable short pieces for strings, which he re-worked into the intimate three-movement "Serenade for String Orchestra in E major."
Antonin Dvorak (1841-1904) was neither conservative nor radical in his compositional style. His works display the influences of folk music, mainly Czech, but also American. His admiration for the piano writing of Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven, Schubert and Brahms shows in his own compositional style. Dvorak's "Serenade for Strings" is an uncomplicated yet sophisticated composition.
Edvard Grieg (1843-1907) composed "From Holberg's time, Op. 40" for the 200th anniversary of the birth of the Norwegian-Danish metaphysician Ludvig Holberg.
The Rotterdam Chamber Orchestra was founded by conductor Conrad van Alphen and Japanese violinist Makiko Hirayama in March 2000 for the purpose of performing the particularly inspiring chamber orchestra repertoire. In addition to its own concert series in Rotterdam, the Orchestra is regularly invited to play in such renowned venues as the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and Queen Elizabeth Hall in Antwerp.
The Dutch/South African conductor Conrad van Alphen was born in 1963. Apart from being the artistic director of the Rotterdam Chamber Orchestra, he has also held the position of principal guest conductor with the State Philharmonic Orchestra Pleven in Bulgaria, and the Pskov Philharmonic in Russia.