Simon Diricq & Ibert
Jacques Ibert, Concertino da camera
Richard Wagner, Meistersinger: An Orchestral Tribute (symphonic compilation by Henk de Vlieger)
The Concertino da camera by the French composer Jacques Ibert is a 12-minute work for alto saxophone and ensemble. A technically challenging first movement is followed by a second movement in two parts: after a lyrical passage with a blues vibe, a virtuosic cadenza closes the Concertino da camera with great bravura.
The Dutch percussionist, composer and arranger Henk de Vlieger writes symphonic compilations of works by figures including Wagner, Schumann and Brahms. In 2005 he turned his attention to Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg. Henk de Vlieger reduced this four-hour comic musical drama by Richard Wagner to a 50-minute score with a rapid succession of orchestral high points. The focus here is not Walther Stolzing, who seeks in a singing contest to win the hand of Eva, the daughter of the goldsmith Viet Pogner, but rather the impressive symphonic force of Wagner’s music. In comparison with the musical drama Tristan und Isolde, which Wagner himself referred to as one long chromatic nocturne, the music of Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg is refreshingly diatonic, predominantly in C Major and radiantly light in character.
Antony Hermus, conductor
Simon Diricq, saxophone
Antony Hermus was recently appointed Chief Conductor of the Belgian National Orchestra, starting an initial four-year term in September 2022 with a Designate year.
Simon Diricq est un jeune saxophoniste belge au parcours déjà considérable.