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Composer Vladimir Martynov: ‘The sweetest moment is when you get a bright idea’

In April the Noord Nederlands Orkest (North Netherlands Orchestra, NNO) will present the brand new piano concerto Pastiche, composed by Vladimir Martynov at the request of Ralph van Raat. On 2 April I will talk to the composer and the … Continue reading

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‘Alsof het er in de muziek om gaat wie het verste kan plassen’ – interview over Een os op het dak

Muziekpublicist Maarten Brandt interviewde mij over Een os op het dak voor de website Opusklassiek. “Een naslagwerk over eigentijdse muziek. Het is een schaars artikel. Zeker in Nederland. Dit in tegenstelling tot publicaties over de alom geaccepteerde klassieke muziek uit … Continue reading

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Ligeti festival – ode to an adventurous and idiosyncratic composer

The Hungarian composer György Ligeti (1923-2006) suffered under several dictatorships. The Nazis killed his father and brother during World War II, and after the war the communists forced him to write bland ‘folk music’. After the Hungarian uprising of 1956 … Continue reading

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Ingo Metzmacher on Das Floss der Medusa: ‘Death is a very seductive woman’

On Tuesday 13 March the Opera Forward Festival opened with Das Floss der Medusa (The Raft of the Medusa) by Hans Werner Henze. This oratorio from 1968 fits in seamlessly with the theme of the third edition: Fate and Awareness. … Continue reading

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Fanny Mendelssohn: in the shadow of Felix

Fanny Mendelssohn (1805-1847) was Felix Mendelssohn’s elder sister by four years. They both received sound musical training, but she surpassed him in virtuosity at the piano. Her relationship with Felix was intense, but also suffocating. Due to his opposition, Fanny … Continue reading

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George Benjamin on his opera Written on Skin: ‘We emphasize the unnatural’

George Benjamin (1960) is composer in focus of the coming Holland Festival. Apart from the Dutch premiere of his recent opera ‘Lessons in Love & Violence’ there’s a semi-staged performance of ‘Written on Skin’. Benjamin composed this highly successful opera in … Continue reading

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Dirigent Filip Rathé: ‘Karel Goeyvaerts was een groot componist’

Donderdag 26 oktober speelde het Vlaamse Spectra Ensemble een concert met Compositie 1-3 van Galina Oestvolskaja en Zum Wassermann van Karel Goeyvaerts. Beiden volgden  radicaal hun eigen weg, ook al nam Goeyvaerts een wat kronkeliger pad dan Oestvolskaja. Ik schreef eerder … Continue reading

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Podcast Moritz Eggert on his opera Caliban: ‘Our exploitation of others now comes back to us’

The theme of the 2nd edition of the Amsterdam based Opera Forward Festival is ‘macht/onmacht’ (‘power/powerlessness’ ). The German composer Moritz Eggert composed Caliban for the Asko|Schönberg ensemble, three singers and a narrator. The libretto by Peter te Nuyl is based on … Continue reading

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George Pieterson in #PanoramadeLeeuw

Op zondag 24 april overleed de klarinettist George Pieterson, die jarenlang de eerste stoel bezette in het Concertgebouworkest. Hij speelde ook graag kamermuziek en trok de wereld rond met het Rondom Ensemble, verder bestaande uit de violiste Vera Beths, de cellist … Continue reading

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Associatieverdrag Oekraïne: waarom ik vóór stem

Vandaag kunnen we stemmen over het associatieverdrag met Oekraïne. Ik stem vóór, want niet alleen de Oekraïnse bevolking heeft baat bij meer uitwisseling met het westen, maar ook wij zelf. In de jaren negentig bezocht ik enkele malen het festival Two … Continue reading

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