Wednesday, October 26, 2011

No danish Soldiers of Orange. Why?

Royal Danish Opera and their recently appointed Chief Conductor Jakub Hrusa has joined in the Soldier of Orange protests with this video:

Just a few days after my post, the Odense Symphony Orchestra released the first danish "Soldier of Orange" video with their chief conductor Alexander Vedernikov, and here it is:

!Original post! 
As most people in the classical music industry might have noticed, the website are hosting the many recordings of the dutch tune 'Soldier of Orange' in support of the Dutch orchestras and cultural life in general. This widespread 'happening' is an impressive show of solidarity and sympathy that our industry can be truly proud of.

The list of participating orchestras and conductors is long and impressive, and so far include 63 orchestras from Holland, England, Germany, France, Spain, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Belgium, Switzerland, Portugal, Slovenia, Israel, Colombia and Hong Kong... (Did I forget someone? I hope not...)

Among the conductors taking a stand in this matter are such notaries as Zubin Metha, Valery Gergiev, Cristoph Eschenbach, Leonard Slatkin, Esa-pekka Salonen, Mariss Jansons, Jorma Panula etc. etc.

Now my question is this: why are there no danish orchestras on the list?
This is of course as much a question to my danish colleagues as to anyone else. 

Unforteunately, I don't have 'my own' orchestra, and have - so far - had no response to the my suggestions to some of the orchestras I regularly work with of recording the Soldier of Orange

Recently there has been a change of government in Denmark, and a new Minister of Culture elected. Among his political suggestions prior to the election was the scrapping of one or more professional orchestras.
After his election, he has been met with stern critiscism from all sides, and have since recanted, but surely danish orchestras - having had the loaded gun pointed at themselves - must now have even more sympathy for their dutch colleagues? One of the Dutch orchestras on the line even has a danish Chief Conductor! (Michael Schønwandt).

What's going on?

- Jesper
P.S. Here's the list of participating orchestras/conductors: Please view as many as you can stomach on the website. It all helps.

#1 Philharmonia Orchestra with Esa-Pekka Salonen
#2 London Philharmonic with Vladimir Jurowski
#3 WDR Sinfonieorchester with Alfred Lutz
#4 Rotterdams Philharmonisch with Leonard Slatkin
#5 Orchestra Five to Twelve with Lawrence Renes
#6 Die Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen with Alexander Prior
#7 Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France with Myung-Whun Chung
#8 Metropole Orchestra with Jules Buckley
#9 Sinfonieorchester Aachen with Klaus Arp
#10 Orquestra Sinfonica do Porto with Jorma Panula
#11 La Orquesta Sinfónica de Castilla y León, Valladolid with Alejandro Posada
#12 Nordic Youth Orchestra with Stefan Solyom
#13 Edo de Waart with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra
#14 Schleswig-Holstein Festival Orchestra with Christoph Eschenbach
#15 The Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra
#16 Anhaltische Philharmonie Dessau with Antony Hermus
#17 National Symphony Orchestra of Colombia
#18 Radio Kamer Filharmonie with Thomas Zehetmair
#19 Sinfonia Toronto with Nurhan Arman
#20 Holland Opera with Niek Idelenburg
#21 The Brabant Philharmonic Orchestra with Stefan Veselka
#22 Düsseldorfer Symphoniker with Mario Venzago
#23 Bamberger Symphoniker with Jonathan Nott
#24 Beethoven Orchester Bonn with Stefan Blunier
#25 Barcelona Symphony Orchestra (OBC) with Antoni Ros Marbà
#26 Amsterdam Sinfonietta with Candida Thompson
#27 Detlev Glanert, Roland Boeer and Royal Northern College of Music Manchester
#28 Mahler Chamber Orchestra with Yannick Nézet-Séguin
#29 European Union Youth Orchestra with Jac van Steen
#30 Gothenburg Symphony with David Björkman
#31 Rheinischen Philharmonie Koblenz with Daniel Raiskin and Enrico Delamboye
#32 London Symphony Orchestra with Valery Gergiev
#33 Norrköping Symhony Orchestra with Josef Rhedin
#34 The Ricciotti ensemble with Gijs Kramers
#35 Iceland Symphony Orchestra with Ilan Volkov
#36 Basel Sinfonietta with Steven Sloane
#37 RTÉ Concert Orchestra with David Brophy
#38 Göteborg Opera Orchestra with Patrik Ringborg
#39 Belgrade Philharmonic with Darko Butorac
#40 Youth Orchestra of the Netherlands with Jurjen Hempel
#41 Brussels Philharmonic with Michel Tabachnik
#42 Neubrandenburger Philharmonie with Stefan Malzew
#43 Malmö Symphony Orchestra with Marc Soustrot
#44 Royal Phiharmonic Orchestra with Charles Dutoit
#45 WDR Rundfunkorchester Köln with Helmuth Froschauer
#46 Israel Philharmonic Orchestra with Zubin Mehta
#47 Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra with Daniel Harding
#48 Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra with Sakari Oramo
#49 Gürzenich Orchestra Köln with Markus Stenz
#50 Hamburger Philharmoniker with Simone Young
#51 Holland Symfonia with Otto Tausk
#52 Berner Symphonieorchester with Mario Venzago
#53 Sinfonieorchester Basel with Dennis Russell Davies
#54 Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra with Sakari Oramo
#55 Slovenian Philharmonic with Kenneth Montgomery
#56 The Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra with Eivind Gullberg Jensen
#57 Philharmonisches Orchester Giessen with Herbert Gietzen
#58 Trondheim Symphony Orchestra with Mika Eichenholz
#59 Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks with Mariss Jansons
#60 Kymi Sinfonietta with Yasuo Shinozaki
#61 Orquesta Sinfónica del Principado de Asturias
#62 Staatsorchester Kassel - who's the conductor??
#63 Niedersächsisches Staatsorchester Hannover with Karen Kamensek


Maria Badstue said...

Odense Symphony Orchestra recorded yesterday, because I wrote one from the programme committee WHY dont you make a version of "Soldier of Orange". So the first danish version is on its way. Perhaps a bit late, but better late than never ;-)

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