Wednesday 12 September 2018
René Jacobs and B'Rock launch the complete cycle of Schubert symphonies on PENTATONE
PENTATONE is delighted to announce the launch of a complete cycle of Schubert symphonies with star conductor René Jacobs and the dynamic Belgian period instrument ensemble B’Rock. This ambitious new project marks René Jacobs’ and B’Rock’s first collaboration with Pentatone, and is expected to conclude in 2021.
Recorded earlier this year against the idyllic backdrop of the Tyrolean Alps at Innsbruck, the first instalment of the cycle (Symphonies Nos. 1 & 6) will be released in October. Adding to an abundant discography built over the last four decades, this is René Jacobs’ first-ever Schubert recording.
MELANCHOLIA BEHIND A CARNIVAL MASK
On his first album released on PENTATONE, multiple prize-winning conductor René Jacobs finally records Schubert, his first great musical love. Jacobs delivers his fresh perspective on the favourite composer of his youth together with the exceptional players of the B’Rock Orchestra, acclaimed for their inspired playing, musical curiosity and original approach to the classics.
The album contains Schubert’s First and Sixth symphonies, written when he was still a teenager. With this recording, Jacobs and the B’Rock Orchestra lift out the maturity and depth of these
two early works. Whereas the First has a more classical, bubbly quality, the Sixth shows Schubert’s inclination to musical Romanticism. At the same time, these symphonies have much in common: both display humour and joie de vivre, with “carnivalesque” allusions to early nineteenth-century Italian opera, but behind the happy façade lies a deeper layer, full of melancholy and bitterness. In that respect, these works fully capture Schubert’s personal life: that of a social, lively man, plagued by the knowledge of his fatal illness. They are performed on period instruments, transparent, but full of fire.
ABOUT RENÉ JACOBS
ABOUT B'ROCK ORCHESTRA
Period instruments – 21st-century ideas - timeless joy
The musicians of B’Rock Orchestra set out to inspire each other, and to realise their ideas by inviting leading soloists, conductors, directors, artists and thinkers. They apply their intuitive, inquisitive and impact-driven approach to a wide variety of projects. The masterpieces and new finds originate from at least four centuries of music, and the instruments are adapted to the period.
For the Connoisseur and the Curious
B’Rock Orchestra is all about bringing the purest musical experiences to the broadest possible audience. By presenting a refreshing context, B’Rock strives for a better understanding of the music – baroque, classical or otherwise.
Theatrical expression in sound, new perspectives for enhanced impact
The specific sound of B’Rock Orchestra is said to ‘ooze theatre and colour’. B’Rock often initiates hand-crafted projects of ‘orchestral theatre’, sparking a vibrant dialogue between music and other art forms. The orchestra also commissions new works or collaborates with thought-provoking figures in the musical and theatrical worlds.
B’Rock Orchestra is proud to count musicians such as René Jacobs, Ivor Bolton and Alexander Melnikov as members of their artistic family. As of 2018, the Russian violinist Dmitry Sinkovsky is ‘Artist in Residence’. The orchestra itself is ‘Artist Associate’ at deSingel Arts Campus in Antwerp. B’Rock Orchestra has been welcomed on prestigious stages worldwide, including the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Philharmonie de Paris, Bozar in Brussels, the Kölner Philharmonie, L’Auditori in Barcelona, Theater an der Wien, the BBC Proms, Opéra de Normandie, the Holland Festival, Wiener Festwochen, Ruhrtriennale, Klarafestival, La Monnaie, Concertgebouw Brugge and the Mozartwoche in Salzburg. Recent tours have taken the orchestra to the Hong Kong Arts Festival and the National Center for Performing Arts in Beijing. Future tours will include Japan, China and the USA.
René Jacobs's portrait by Molina Visuals