So the work is in some sense a valediction from both of these two well-loved figures in Dutch musical life.
The work received its first performance at Vredenburg Leidsche Rijn, on the 6th April 2013, and was broadcast live.
It's a gritty work, hard-driven outer movements and a sombre slow movement at its centre. While it does manage to find a major chord in its final bars, there is a sense more of defiance than triumph. I have found myself listening to it with a sense that this is more than conductor's music. There is a complex personality underlying the music that makes me curious to know more of his work.
Radio Filharmonisch Orkest, James Gaffigan
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