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Score of Pianoconcerto II, marked with tempo modifications

Score of Pianoconcerto II, marked with tempo modifications

Description: The tempo modifications marked in the score are the result of studying the music through the lens of my previous research which can be found in the articles about tempo modification in the research section of the website. I have also looked closely at recordings with Fiedler and Ney (1939), Coates and Rubinstein (1929) and others. These will serve as a starting point in the rehearsals with Olga Pashchenko in the third project week.
Category: Research
Publication date: September 9, 2021
Wilhelm Furtwängler

A Critical Review of Two Recordings of the Finale of Brahms’s Third Symphony

Description: During the 20th Century tempo modifications in orchestral performances, other than the ones written in the score, became increasingly rare. In this essay, I look closely at two exciting recordings that in spite of this general trend, have an abundance of tempo modification: a live recording by the Berlin Philharmonic and Furtwängler, from 1949, and a live recording by the Australian Chamber Orchestra and Tognetti, from 2020.
Category: Research
Publication date: August 20, 2021
Re-inventing Rhythmic Dislocation in Orchestral Practice

Re-inventing Rhythmic Dislocation in Orchestral Practice

Description: In this essay, I look at melodic rhythmic dislocation. I discuss historical examples and look at opportunities in upcoming projects.
Category: Research
Publication date: August 16, 2021
Annotated score of Brahms Third Symphony with intended tempo modifications

Annotated score of Brahms Third Symphony with intended tempo modifications

Description: In this score (not an urtext score) I marked all the tempo modifications I intend to apply in the performance of the Third Symphony in September 2021. My ideas are based on historical research as described in my study of 6 historical recordings of the Second Symphony and the evaluation of the recording of the Second Symphony, that can both be found on this website, as well as my more recent analysis and study of recordings of this Symphony. After analyzing the recordings of Tognetti and Furtwängler, I have made some adjustments in my markings. This is an updated version of the earlier score.
Category: Research
Publication date: July 8, 2021
NRC recensie Brahms Stadsgehoorzaal september 2020

NRC recensie Brahms Stadsgehoorzaal september 2020

Description: A review in the National Newspaper NRC of our concert in Leiden, September 2020 (Dutch language)
Category: In the media
Publication date: June 16, 2021
Mengelberg's score opus 15 Maestoso

Brahms First Piano Concerto opus 15 Maestoso (1) Soloist Paolo Giacometti (Blüthner 1857)

Description: The recordings on this website are reduced (mp3) versions of the high fidelity recordings that were made during the projects. These recordings can be seen as documentation of the ongoing research. The full size recordings will be published as integral part of my dissertation.
Category: Audio
Publication date: June 16, 2021
Mengelberg's score opus 15 Adagio

Brahms First Piano Concerto opus 15 Adagio (2) Solist Paolo Giacometti (Blüthner 1857)

Description: The recordings on this website are reduced (mp3) versions of the high fidelity recordings that were made during the projects. These recordings can be seen as documentation of the ongoing research. The full size recordings will be published as integral part of my dissertation.
Category: Audio
Publication date: June 16, 2021
Mengelberg's score opus 15 Rondo

Brahms First Piano Concerto opus 15 Rondo Allegro non troppo (3) Soloist Paolo Giacometti (Blüthner 1857)

Description: The recordings on this website are reduced (mp3) versions of the high fidelity recordings that were made during the projects. These recordings can be seen as documentation of the ongoing research. The full size recordings will be published as integral part of my dissertation.
Category: Audio
Publication date: June 16, 2021
Mngelberg's score opus 102 Allegro

Brahms Double Concerto opus 102, Allegro (1) Soloists Shunske Sato, violin Pieter Wispelwey, cello

Description: The recordings on this website are reduced (mp3) versions of the high fidelity recordings that were made during the projects. These recordings can be seen as documentation of the ongoing research. The full size recordings will be published as integral part of my dissertation.
Category: Audio
Publication date: June 15, 2021
Mengelberg's score opus 102 Andante

Brahms Double Concerto opus 102, Andante (2) Soloists Shunske Sato, violin Pieter Wispelwey, cello

Description: The recordings on this website are reduced (mp3) versions of the high fidelity recordings that were made during the projects. These recordings can be seen as documentation of the ongoing research. The full size recordings will be published as integral part of my dissertation.
Category: Audio
Publication date: June 15, 2021
Mengelberg's score opus 102 Vivace non troppo

Brahms Double Concerto opus 102, Vivace non troppo. (3) Soloists Shunske Sato, violin Pieter Wispelwey, cello

Description: The recordings on this website are reduced (mp3) versions of the high fidelity recordings that were made during the projects. These recordings can be seen as documentation of the ongoing research. The full size recordings will be published as integral part of my dissertation.
Category: Audio
Publication date: June 15, 2021
A new Brahms

Historically Inspired Modernism

Description: Recognising that we can not recreate a historical truth is important. In this article, which I shared with the musicians before the project started, I write about my preference for the title HIM to HIPP. I believe that what I we do in the context of this project can best be described as Historically Inspired Modernism. It is an effort to apply lost expressive tools of the nineteenth century in such a way that the music speaks to an audience of the twenty first century.
Category: Research
Publication date: June 14, 2021
A closer look at some tempo modifications in my recording of the First movement of the Second Symphony

A closer look at some tempo modifications in my recording of the First movement of the Second Symphony

Description: In his article I analyze my own recording in the same way I have analyzed the historical recording in my study 'In Search of sounding evidence of traces of Fritz Steinbach's approach to Brahms's Second Symphony' which can also be found on this site. I provide examples of tempo modifications through links to the recording and I give my motivation for applying the modifications the way I did.
Category: Research
Publication date: June 13, 2021
Fiedler conducting

In Search of sounding evidence of traces of Fritz Steinbach’s approach to Brahms’s Second Symphony

Description: In this study I compare 6 historical recordings through the lens of Blume's Brahms in der Meininger Tradition. The study has links to segments of the recordings I discuss. I give my own solutions for the performance issues discussed by Blume and compare them to the recordings.
Category: Research
Publication date: June 13, 2021
Johannes

Finale of Brahms’s First Symphony in splitscreen video registration, concert 19-09-2019

Description: This filmed registration was made to show the relation between Johannes’s beating pattern and the orchestra’s tempo modifications.
Category: Video
Publication date: June 13, 2021
Video about the Second Project Week of September 2020

Video about the Second Project Week of September 2020

Description: As part of the documentation of the project, a filmed impression of each of the four project weeks is made by a team of Kurta52.
Category: Video
Publication date: June 12, 2021
Video about the First Project Week of September 2019

Video about the First Project Week of September 2019

Description: As part of the documentation of the project, a filmed impression of each of the four project weeks is made by a team from Kurta52.
Category: Video
Publication date: June 12, 2021
Lex Bohlmeijer

Johannes op Radio4 in een speciale uitzending van Discotabel

Description: Dutch national public radio station for classical music. A 90 minute special production on Johannes’s Brahms. Interview conducted by Lex Bohlmeijer. NPO website: Dirigent en violist Johannes Leertouwer is te gast bij Lex Bohlmeijer. Voor zijn promotie onderzoekt Leertouwer hoe de orkestmuziek van Johannes Brahms gespeeld werd in verschillende perioden van de geschiedenis. Wat ontdek je als je vergeten speeltechnieken uit zijn tijd gebruikt? Leertouwer experimenteert met tempovrijheid, vibrato. En ook over de verdwenen stijlfiguur portamento waarbij de strijkers in bepaalde passages van de ene toon naar de andere glijden. Een soort glijbaantjes van geluiden. Leertouwer werpt daarmee een nieuwe licht op de orkestmuziek van Johannes Brahms.
Category: In the media
Publication date: June 2, 2021
A new Brahms

Trouw interview Peter van der Lint

Description: Uitgebreid interview over het project Brahms in dagblad Trouw. (2019)
Category: In the media
Publication date: June 1, 2021
Mengelberg conducts

From score to recording. Analyzing Mengelberg’s markings and of the Second Movement of Brahms’s Second Symphony opus 73

Description: Analyzing Mengelberg's score and recording and recording of the second movement of Brahms's Second Symphony opus 73.
Category: Research
Publication date: June 1, 2021
Un poco sostenuto

Symphony 1 – Un poco sostenuto – Allegro (1)

Description: The recordings on this website are reduced (mp3) versions of the high fidelity recordings that were made during the projects. These recordings can be seen as documentation of the ongoing research. The full size recordings will be published as integral part of my dissertation.
Category: Audio
Publication date: June 1, 2021
Andante sostenuto

Symphony 1 – Andante sostenuto (2)

Description: The recordings on this website are reduced (mp3) versions of the high fidelity recordings that were made during the projects. These recordings can be seen as documentation of the ongoing research. The full size recordings will be published as integral part of my dissertation.
Category: Audio
Publication date: June 1, 2021
Un poco Allegretto e grazioso

Symphony 1 – Un poco Allegretto e grazioso (3)

Description: The recordings on this website are reduced (mp3) versions of the high fidelity recordings that were made during the projects. These recordings can be seen as documentation of the ongoing research. The full size recordings will be published as integral part of my dissertation.
Category: Audio
Publication date: June 1, 2021
Adagio (1.4)

Symphony 1 – Adagio – più Andante – Allegro non troppo, ma con brio (4)

Description: The recordings on this website are reduced (mp3) versions of the high fidelity recordings that were made during the projects. These recordings can be seen as documentation of the ongoing research. The full size recordings will be published as integral part of my dissertation.
Category: Audio
Publication date: June 1, 2021
Allegro non troppo

Symphony 2 – Allegro non troppo (1)

Description: The recordings on this website are reduced (mp3) versions of the high fidelity recordings that were made during the projects. These recordings can be seen as documentation of the ongoing research. The full size recordings will be published as integral part of my dissertation.
Category: Audio
Publication date: June 1, 2021