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Badings: Symphonies 2, 7 & 12

Henk Badings , Porcelijn , Janacek Philharmonic Orchestra Audio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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  • Orchestra: Janacek Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Conductor: Porcelijn
  • Composer: Henk Badings
  • Audio CD (January 29, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: CPO Records
  • ASIN: B000YPW5HW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #415,833 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Henk Badings Symphonies 2, 7, 12 April 7, 2009
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Relatively unknown, Dutch composer Henk Badings produced a fine ouvre -- these three symphonies demonstrate the range of his talent and thinking. Filled with that intense energy common to the great works of the 20th Century, Badings is definitely modern in his approach and loved to make the orchestra clash and bang, but with strong melodic foundation. In his second symphony from 1932 we hear ideas that American William Schuman used seven years later, and throughout the disc we find passages that recall themes used in motion picture scores decades later. In other words, Badings was inovative, modern, immediately approachable and compelling. Not for everyone's taste. but anyone interested in modern symphonic music or in classical music might want to give this disc a try. The quality of the recording is very sharp and clear, and the Janacek Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of guest Dutch conductor Cavid Porceleijn obviously have come to a deep and warm understanbding of the composer.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An outstanding recording of unfamiliar music. June 18, 2012
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I gave this four stars rather than five because I found it slightly less compelling that the other release in cpo's Badings series (containing symphonies 3, 10 and 14). I'm not sure if the symphonies collected in the other release are really better, or whether I am suffering Badings fatigue.

The symphony No 2 was my favorite from this release. It exhibits the same characteristics that attracted me to the Badings in the first place, wonderful melodic inventions, extremely skillful use of the orchestra, lots of rhythmic vitality. The central, slow movement was a high point of the work. The symphony No 7 is called the Louisville symphony, because it was part of the program led by Robert Whitney to commission a series of works to be premiered by the Louisville Symphony. I enjoyed the work, but at some points I sense some condescension to the rustic Americans, such as the broad 'new world' theme which appears in the final movement. The end of the final movement is an astonishing bit of orchestral bravada, wonderful.

As in the first release, the third symphony in the collection was written late in Badings career and was incomprehensible to me.

The performance and recorded sound are first rate, as I've come to expect from cpo. I will be looking out for further releases in this series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb music in splendid performances May 11, 2011
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Henk Badings (1907-1987) was a first-rate composer. The reason his music isn't better known is presumably partially due to the fact that his activities during World War II effectively prevented his career from going anywhere afterwards. Stylistically, there are traces of Hindemith and, perhaps even more obviously, Honegger (especially the second symphony; the later works sound a little more modern); it is all extremely well put together, often sharp and urgent, excellently scored and full of extraordinarily good ideas. The second symphony may not be an unqualified masterpiece, but it is still an extremely enjoyable work, full of perky, driven rhythms, sinewy and big-boned and with biting, memorable themes.

The seventh symphony (1954) may qualify as a genuine masterpiece, however. The harmonic language is original though the music is still tonal. Cast in four relatively short movements, the symphony packs a real punch; momentum never flags and the work is scored with a skill and imagination matched by few. It is something of a must-hear for anyone with a passing interest in 20th century symphonism.

The twelfth symphony, in one movement, incorporates aleatoric elements in a manner superficially reminiscent of Lutoslawski. It is formally taut, however, and the themes and ideas are uniformly striking and it is, again, masterly scored. Although the seventh symphony may be the best work here, the 12th is stilly a work definitely worth getting to know. The performances are incisive, sharp, colorful, vigorous, spirited and full-blooded and the sound is full and clear. A remarkable release, very strongly recommended.
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