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Re: Late Romantic music from Belgium / Ning Kam violin
« Reply #60 on: April 14, 2021, 07:41:09 AM »
Solid performance of August De Boeck and Paul Gilson. Nice coupling and lovely disc.


+ 1. I also have De Zee (The Sea) in another version, but I think this one is better.

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Re: Late Romantic music from Belgium / Ning Kam violin
« Reply #61 on: April 15, 2021, 09:56:47 AM »

Robert Herberigs, Prosper van Eechaute, Arthur Meulemans and Marinus de Jong.

Of these 4, van Eechaute is the least well known (imho). And forgotten...
https://www.svm.be/content/van-eechaute-prosper?display=biography&language=en
https://youtu.be/MOwRzXiJlsA

Meulemans isn't totally unknown on GMG. Huge oeuvre (cfr Milhaud and Martinu), he wrote in almost every genre, from simple folksy/nationalistic/religious songs, to huge symphonies (15!) operas, oratoria, chamber music, concerti.... As with most his direct contemporaries: too "modern" for his late Romantic teachers, far too romantic & tonal for the 1950-1960 generation. The fact that he kept on working during WWII (out of need to feed his family...), tainted his reputation.
https://www.svm.be/content/meulemans-arthur?display=biography&language=en
https://youtu.be/xPyvE7-qh1c

I rather like Robert Herberigs. A "burgundian, Brueghelian" type, also a writer and a painter... with an apricot plantation in the south of France. What I know of him is big, bold, often very dramatic, very colorfull. The late symphonic poems are all "heavily" orchestrated. He loved Ravel and Richard Strauss. In 1948-1949 he wrote a very monumental score for Het Lam Gods spel - an open air evocation of Van Eyck's Ghent altar piece.
https://www.svm.be/content/herberigs-robert?display=biography&language=en
https://youtu.be/ymkTef8z6BY
Marinus de Jong is my least favorite composer of these 4. He had a profound knowledge of all the technical wizardries of composing... remains quite dull to my ears.
https://www.svm.be/content/de-jong-marinus?display=biography&language=en

https://youtu.be/NqynrD9yMUE
https://youtu.be/32fl7uEl06w


While I liked all the works, I especially enjoyed the works by Herberigs, Meulemans and de Jong. Possibly, the composition by Meulemans could be the strongest. van Eechaute was fine, but the music was broad and abstract. I need to listen to it a few more times.
Now listening to Pages Intimes/ Joseph Jongen. Likable disc.

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Re: Late Romantic music from Belgium / Ning Kam violin
« Reply #62 on: April 15, 2021, 11:24:24 AM »
Very fine indeed. That label’s discs of Ysaÿe works are excellent, too.

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Re: Late Romantic music from Belgium / Ning Kam violin
« Reply #64 on: April 15, 2021, 11:44:42 AM »
These two, plus his opera Piére li houyeû (Pierre the Coal Miner). Beautiful albums in deluxe presentation, too !

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Re: Late Romantic music from Belgium / Ning Kam violin
« Reply #65 on: April 15, 2021, 11:47:44 AM »
Beautiful albums in deluxe presentation, too !

Yep, but the covers are a torture for my Romanian eyes and neck.  :D
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Re: Late Romantic music from Belgium / Ning Kam violin
« Reply #66 on: April 15, 2021, 12:41:46 PM »
Thanks a lot, gents. I don't know the music of Ysaÿe. I will look for the recordings!

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Re: Late Romantic music from Belgium / Ning Kam violin
« Reply #67 on: May 23, 2021, 06:54:02 PM »
I was listening to this recording of A. Meulemans this weekend. Such an exciting and fun music. Glad I bought the disc.