Mattias Spee, South Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra & Ed Spanjaard

Eclipse, Vol. 2: Hans Henkemans

There are many treasures to be discovered in the history of music. If you are just a little bit curious, a boundless world opens up, full of hidden gems, that the general audience is not aware of. It is one of my big passions to look for those treasures and to shine a light on them. This passion led me to make a series of albums entitled Eclipse, featuring music that nobody knows, but everyone should know.

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About the album

There are many treasures to be discovered in the history of music. If you are just a little bit curious, a boundless world opens up, full of hidden gems, that the general audience is not aware of. It is one of my big passions to look for those treasures and to shine a light on them. This passion led me to make a series of albums entitled Eclipse, featuring music that nobody knows, but everyone should know. Around the time we released the first volume of this series, with music by Joseph Wölfl, I was approached by conductor Ed Spanjaard. He was in the process of setting up a foundation in order to restore the legacy of Dutch pianist/composer Hans Henkemans to its proper status and he wanted a young pianist, who was open-minded towards unknown repertoire, to be involved with the foundation. Most of those involved, were people who had known Henkemans personally and, as Henkemans died before I was born, they were from an older generation than myself. My involvement was to show the next generation of musicians the way towards Hans Henkemans’s music.

Tracklist click to play/pause

  • Hans Henkemans

    Sonatina for piano

    1. I. Moderato
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    2. II. Allegro giocoso
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    3. III. Allegro molto
      4:37 Play button Pause button 4:37
  • Mattias Spee

    Intermezzo 1

    2:12 Play button Pause button 2:12
  • Hans Henkemans

    Adagio & Variations

    6:56 Play button Pause button 6:56
  • Mattias Spee

    Intermezzo 2

    2:16 Play button Pause button 2:16
  • Hans Henkemans

    Concerto for piano and string orchestra

    1. I. Adagio
      4:39 Play button Pause button 4:39
    2. II. Adagio molto
      5:35 Play button Pause button 5:35
    3. III. Presto
      3:22 Play button Pause button 3:22
  • Mattias Spee

    Intermezzo 3

    3:17 Play button Pause button 3:17
  • Hans Henkemans

    Andante con moto

    5:55 Play button Pause button 5:55
  • Mattias Spee

    Intermezzo 4

    1:30 Play button Pause button 1:30
  • Hans Henkemans

    Sonata for piano

    1. I. Allegro molto moderato
      3:58 Play button Pause button 3:58
    2. II. Molto adagio
      5:15 Play button Pause button 5:15
    3. III. Allegro ma non troppo
      3:29 Play button Pause button 3:29

More information

Label TRPTK
Genre(s) Classical – Contemporary (> 1920)
Artist(s) Ed Spanjaard
Mattias Spee
South Netherlands Philharmonic
Composer(s) Henkemans, Hans
Spee, Mattias
Recording location(s) Muziekgebouw Eindhoven - Grote Zaal, Eindhoven (NL)
Recording date(s) June 2022
Cat. No.

TTK 0102

Release date

May 12th, 2023

Additional links

Download Booklet(PDF)

Tech specs

Microphones

DPA 4041-SP (main)
DPA 4006A (height)

Microphone preamps

Millennia HV-3D-8

AD/DA conversion

Merging Technologies Hapi
Merging Technologies Anubis
Grimm Audio CC2

Recording resolution

DSD 11.2MHz 1bit

Mastering resolution

PCM 352.8kHz 64bit

Monitoring (recording)

KEF LS50
Audeze LCD-X

Monitoring (mastering)

KEF Blade Two
KEF LS50 Meta
Hegel H30
Hegel C55

Cabling

Furutech custom microphone cables
Furutech custom interlinks
Furutech custom power cables
Furutech custom loudspeaker cables
Grimm Audio TPR8 breakout cables
Purecable Prime DIG75 word clock cable

"With this recording, Spree and Spanjaard have rescued a Dutch composer that was not only unjustly neglected but also purposefully removed from the music scene. However, it may take some time before Henkemans will be fully reinstated in a position he ought to have had: An noteworthy exponent of Dutch cultural tradition in the 20th century. Do I have to mention that Brendon Heinst stands for the best-sounding high-resolution possible? Do listen for yourself."

Adrian Quanjer, HRAudio

"This CD shows just how appealing and special Henkemans' music is. It also certainly helps that Spee is a technically competent but, above all, passionate ambassador of Henkemans. Let us hope that Henkemans will continue to move many listeners, something he has strived for throughout his life."

De Nieuwe Koers

"Mattias Spee, meanwhile, is a committed advocate. His superb technique and ability to get under the skin of the music produce breathtaking listening sessions. [...] The music of the middle movement has a wonderfully meditative character that gradually builds toward extroverted moments. A short, virtuoso finale maintains the tension until the very last bar. Praise for soloist and orchestra who indulge in this musical adventure with verve."

Maarten -Jan Dongelmans, De Gelderlander

"The following unpublished piece by Henkemans played by Spee, Andante con Moto from 1939, shows that given the current revaluation of tonality as in the music of Mathilde Wantenaar and Rick van Veldhuysen, Henkemans really does deserve a place back in the Dutch composer canon."

Basia Jaworski, Basia Con Fuoco

"Great performance - The latter words apply first and foremost to Mattias Spee's tremendous artistic achievement, for that is certainly not amiss where both these albums are concerned. The music is extremely well-presented, is alternately energetic and delicate, resilient and graceful, expressively deeply layered, and enveloped in a rich palette of light and shadow within a ravishing texture, with, in addition - the one flowing from the other - a highly developed sense of form and content."

Aart van der Wal, Opus Klassiek

"The sonic realm of Henkemans (student of Willem Pijper) is that of Ravel: full, saturated harmonies, delicate melody lines and often a hint of longing or wistfulness."

Paul Herruer, Dagblad van het Noorden

"Dutch pianist and composer Mattias Spee has emerged as an ambassador for the - once maligned - music of Hans Henkemans. Last month, his album was released on the TRPTK label. Of particular note is Henkemans' opus 1, a Concert for piano and strings."

Trouw

"Spee emerges as an Edgar Allan Poe-like narrator, with a great sense of emotional undercurrents. It is also fascinating how the pianist - over the grave - seeks the musical conversation with Henkemans himself in four 'intermezzi' of his own."

Joost Galema, NRC (Album of the Week)

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