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Violinist Monica Germino plays MUTED: ‘I feel like the cat Mehitabel, on the threshold of a new career’

On Sunday 21 July Monica Germino will play MUTED in the festival Wonderfeel. This piece was composed for her by Louis Andriessen and the composers of Bang on a Can when she was diagnosed with hyperacusis, a hearing disorder that … Continue reading

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Conductor Markus Stenz: ‘Sometimes I feel: now it’s music’.

In 2012 Markus Stenz was appointed chief conductor of the Dutch Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, based in Hilversum. He conducted both classical masterworks, world premières and lesser known repertoire by Dutch composers, in NTRZaterdagMatinee in Concertgebouw Amsterdam and AVROTROSVrijdagconcert in TivoliVredenburg … Continue reading

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15 Stunden aus Licht von Karlheinz Stockhausen im Holland Festival

Das Holland Festival, Koninklijk Conservatorium Den Haag, De Nationale Opera und die Stockhausenstiftung bringen vom 31. Mai bis 10. Juni ‘Aus LICHT’, 15 Stunden aus der wohl längsten Oper der Welt, LICHT, die sieben Tage der Woche von Karlheinz Stockhausen. … Continue reading

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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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