Willem Jeths – Recorder Concerto at the Capetown Philharmonic

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Stefan Temmingh will be the soloist at the performance of Willem Jeths – Recorder Concerto with the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra on August 30. Stefan is one of the internationally leading soloists in his field. Born in Cape Town, he now lives in Munich. Stefan Temmingh is setting new standards for his instrument, creating a new recorder tradition and crossing the boundaries of repertoire and sound…   

The Recorder Concerto was premiered by Erik Bosgraaf and performed at the ZaterdagMatinee in de Concertgebouw

My Recorder Concerto which I especially composed for Erik Bosgraaf has become one of my most personal and biographical works and has an enormous emotional impact.” (Willem Jeths)

Willem Jeths associates the recorder with both innocence and beauty. He relates the tension between the vulnerable recorder and the grand orchestra to his memories as a young child finding his way in a hostile environment, misunderstood by his father. The role of memory in the piece is implicit in the choice of instrument for the solo part. In a ‘pre-tape-recorder’ era, the musical instrument, the recorder, was the common way to remember tunes. Willem takes this century-old tradition of the recorder as a ‘remembering instrument’ to a new level using it as a magical time machine to enter childhood once more. This is both a nostalgic, as well as an uncomfortable, expedition. For Willem, and for so many other people, the recorder is the subject of a classical love/hate relationship. Thus the piece starts off with dramatic blasts in the orchestra followed by high and piercing solos in the highest register of the instrument. Later on he accompanies the recorder in its softest registers with glass harmonica and celesta.


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