Ladies Only (2016)

Schubert

Nienke Oostenrijk, Marianne Boer

Nienke Oostenrijk and Marianne Boer bring a selection songs of Schubert with the theme "Ladies Only".
These songs represent Schubert strong empathy for women in poetry. Uncertainty and emotional fluctuations were seen as typically feminine qualities, and it is not surprising that poets used from the Biedermeier time female characters to express their grief.
Oostenrijk has done excellent research into the meaning of these songs and therefor has also contacted the famous English philosopher Roger Scruton, who wrote the essay "Schubert is needed now more than ever". She paints an accurate picture of how feminine feelings have played a role in Schubert's life.
The booklet of this production has thus become a meaningful document.
Nienke Oostenrijk and Marianne Boer perform these songs with great understanding of text and context in this album. This creates a beautiful combination of depth and naturalness, in which the interaction is truly sublime.

 

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Nienke Oostenrijk

Dutch soprano Nienke Oostenrijk studied at the Sweelinck School of Music in Amsterdam after having gained her MA in History at the State University in Groningen. She studied with Margaret Honig, Cora Canne Meijer and Arleen Auger and participated in master-classes with Elly Ameling and Robert Holl.

Nienke Oostenrijk is a much sought-after Lieder performer and concert soloist. With conductors such as Jaap van Zweden, Frans Brüggen, Jac van Steen, John Nelson, Jos van Veldhoven and Jan-Willem de Vriend she performed Bach’s Matthew Passion, his Weihnachtsoratorium, Mozart’s Requiem, Mass in c and Davide penitente, Pergolesi’s Sta- bat Mater and Händel’s Messiah, in The Netherlands, Germany and France.

Nienke has sung the role of Konstanze in Mozart’s Die Entführung aus dem Serail. Other roles include Pamina in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, Sophie in Strauss’ Der Rosenkavalier and Tebaldo in Verdi’s Don Carlos, with conductors such as Kees Bakels, Marc Soustrot, Friedrich Haider, and Carlo Rizzi.

Her CD’s were very well received in the press. Her recordings include Bach aria’s for soprano and oboe, with her sister Pauline, and Verhulst’s Mass in As, with the Residentie Orchestra, conducted by Matthias Bamert.

Nienke has performed for many dignitaries, e.g. at the wedding ceremony of Prince Friso and Princess Mabel (Delft, 2004), and on the occasion of the Zilveren Regeringsjubileum of Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands (2005, The Hague).

Nienke her passion for chamber music and Lieder recitals is reflected in the many concerts she has given with a large variety of musicians, among others string quartets (Schönberg, Daniël), her sister Pauline (oboe) and pianists Marianne Boer and Laura de Lange.

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Ladies Only (2016)

Schubert

Nienke Oostenrijk, Marianne Boer

    Opera Nederland -

De sopraan van Nienke Oostenrijk heeft een frisse en lichte klank en zij hanteert een bescheiden vibrato. De samenwerking van Nienke Oostenrijk en pianiste Marianne Boer bestaat al twintig jaren sinds hun opleiding aan het Sweelinck Conservatorium en dat is te horen in het fraaie samenspel. De dames weten waarover de liederen gaan en weten dat ook over te brengen op de luisteraar. ====== "The soprano Nienke Oostenrijk has a fresh and light sound and keeps a modestly vibration. The collaboration of Nienke Austria and pianist Marianne Boer has been around twenty years since their training at the Conservatory and it shows their beautiful ensemble playing. The ladies know what the songs are and know that also convey to the listener."

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    Music Frames, okt 2016

Not often do you hear a recording where the intensity of the music, text and performance is inextricably linked. Singer Nienke Oostenrijk a and pianist Marianne Boer is an excellent duo. ‘Ladies Only – Love and Lament’ is a collection of songs based on poems by Goethe, Macpherson, Mayerhofer, von Schrober, von Chèzy, Scott, de Jachelutta en von Schütz put to music by Franz Schubert between 1814 and 1825. Because voice breaking Schubert could not longer be a part of the Konvikt, a kind of church music boarding school and therefore he returned to his childhood home in Lichtenhal (near Vienna) in 1814. His father gave him a piano and Franz composed the immortal song ‘Gretchen an Spinnrade‘, which is the opening piece of this album. A brilliant song about Gretchen who became unintentionally pregnant. A composition in 3-beat, full of piano arpeggios and exquisitely sung by Nienke Oostenrijk who beautifully colours her voice in the B section, where the man appears. A way of singing she works with the whole repertoire. Easily following the emotional content of the text, unfortunately not everywhere clearly audible. She adds a little vibrato, her voice is crystal clear and beautiful ’round sound’ in high notes with sparing use of crescendos. She lets the music speak for itself, as can be heard in ‘Kolma’s Klage‘ where the moon lovely shines in the B section, sophisticated, sober and intense. Pianist Marianne Boer has a sympathetic touché. Even in the robust piano parts she prefers the cantabilé touché, like if she always looks for the bright side of the story in the doom-and-gloom parts of the lyrics. Beautiful songs are ‘Gretchen’s Bitte’, ‘Viola’ and ‘Ellen’s Dritter Gesang (Ave Maria)’ that provides goosebumps for 6:21 minutes. Yes indeed, ‘Ladies Only‘ is an excellent album. Franz Schubert would be incredibly proud of these two wonderful musicians!

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Ladies Only (2016)

Schubert

Nienke Oostenrijk, Marianne Boer

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Mastering Engineer: Tom Peeters
Microphones: B&K 4003 modified by Rens Heijnis
Mixing Board: Rens Heijnis
Producer: Tom Peeters
Recording location: Westvest90 Church
Recording Software: Pyramix

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Gretchen am Spinnrade
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Gretchen's Bitte
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Arietta di Claudine
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Kolma's Klage
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Iphigenia
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Suleika's Erster Gesang
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Suleika's Zweter Gesang
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Viola
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Axa's Romanze
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Ellen's Erster Gesang
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Ellen's Dritter Gesang (Ave Maria)
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Die Junge Nonne
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Lied de Anne Lyle
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Delphine
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