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Badings: Symphonies-No 4; No 5

Magazine article Gramophone

Badings: Symphonies-No 4; No 5

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Symphonies--No 4; No 5

Bochum Symphony Orchestra / David Porcelijn

CPO [F] CP0777 669-2 (62 * DDD)

With the possible exceptions of Alphons Diepenbrock (1862-1921) and Louis Andriessen (b1939), 20th-century Dutch music remains a closed book for most music lovers. The output of the prolific, essentially self-taught Henk Badings (1907-87) carries the additional stigma of an uncertain war record. Accused of collaboration during the Nazi occupation when he was installed as head of The Hague's rebranded Reichs-Musikkonservatorium, he was permitted to resume his career in 1947. His Seventh Symphony was commissioned by Robert Whitney and his Louisville orchestra in 1954 and, until new allegations surfaced and his reputation nosedived a second time, he achieved name recognition for his accessible electroacoustic experiments. No surprise then that it can be difficult to get a handle on such a creative personality. Only recently have his decently wrought, Hindemith-ish symphonies been heard again, courtesy of CPO's ongoing series.

The present volume pairs the seemingly under-motivated Fourth (1943) with the tighter, more idiosyncratic Fifth, written in 1949 for the 60th anniversary of the Concertgebouw Orchestra. …

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