PASC230 - Concerto for Two Violins No. 1, Symphony No. 3 - Badings
Herman Krebbers, violin
Theo Olof, violin
The Hague Philharmonic Orchestra
conducted by Willem van Otterloo Recorded in 1955
Symphony recorded 28-30 November, 1955
Issued as Philips LP A 00487 L
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Preview Concerto, 1st mvt.:
Two of Dutch composer Henk Badings' finest works
Superb sound quality from these mid-50s Philips recordings
BADINGS Concerto for Two Violins, No. 1 (1954) Herman Krebbers, violin Theo Olof, violin
BADINGS Symphony No. 3 (1934) Recorded 28-30 November, 1955
Played by The Hague Philharmonic Orchestra conductor Willem van Otterloo
Notes on the recordings:
These recordings both date from the mid 1950s - I've been able to date the Symphony recording to 28-30 November 1955; it seems safe to assume the Concerto for Two Violins was contemporary, though I'm pretty certain they were not recorded at the same sessions.
What is particularly unusual about the Concerto recording is that it sounds quite distinctly like a continuous performance, including the gaps between movements. In many recordings of the 1950s there's a clear and obvious cut of silence between movements on the master tape, where oxide-free 'leader' tape would be inserted to create a section of total silence. Indeed, these were too often rather roughly inserted, cutting off the decay of the last note of a movement quite abruptly and requiring the careful use of a little extra digital reverberation to mask the 'chop'!
Not here - I got a clear impression of the musicians stopping and waiting between movements - small sounds of preparation that one simply doesn't expect to hear outside of a live recording. Of course I may be entirely mistaken and the engineers may simply have edited in some background 'atmos' rather than going to complete silence. Either way, it's a more convincing approach to making a studio recording resemble a continuous performance than some recordings of the era.
It should be said that both of these recordings were excellent. Philips has a deservedly fine reputation for quality at this point in their history, and the following year the composer, Badings, was to take up residency at their main studios to begin work on some of his earliest electronic compositions. No doubt when he heard these recordings he was suitably impressed!
Van Otterloo was born in Winterswijk, in the Netherlands, the son of William Frederik van Otterloo, a railway inspector, and his wife Anna Catharina Enderlé. He qualified to study medicine at Utrecht University but switched to studying cello and composition at the Amsterdam Conservatoire. While playing as a cellist in the Utrecht Stedelijk Orkest, he won a composition prize from the Concertgebouw Orchestra for his Suite No. 3, which he presented in his 1932 conducting debut, also with that orchestra. He held posts with the Utrecht Stedelijk Orkest, before being appointed chief conductor of the Residentie Orkest in The Hague (1949-1973).
He died in East St Kilda, Melbourne in 1978 from injuries suffered in an automobile accident. This occurred not long after his farewell performance with the Sydney Symphony. His body was flown to The Hague for cremation.
Van Otterloo was married and divorced four times in the Netherlands. He married Elisabeth ter Hoeve on August 1, 1935 (divorce 1938). On April 22, 1941 he married Anette Jacoba Adriana Heukers, with whom in December of that year he had a son, Rogier van Otterloo (1941-1988) , who would become a well-known conductor in the Netherlands as well. He and Anette divorced in April 1943, but remarried April 28, 1944. They would have another son and two daughters, but divorced again on September 20, 1954. Ten days later he married Susanne Maria Anna Wildmann with whom he had another daughter. A month after his fourth divorce, he married Carola Gertie Ludewig (born 1945) on 12 August 1970 in Australia.