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Silvia Colasanti: ‘The collaboration with Quartetto Cremona enriches my music’

Whether employing flowing melodies, driving rhythms or dense sound clouds, the music of Silvia Colasanti (Rome, 1975) is always lyrical. On Monday 29 January Quartetto Cremona will perform the world premiere of Ogni cosa ad ogni cosa ha detto addio … Continue reading

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The Berio Project: Joseph Puglia performs 34 Duetti per due violini

On Sunday 21 January the American-Dutch violinist Joseph Puglia will perform all 34 of Luciano Berio’s Duetti per due violini in Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ Amsterdam. He’ll play together with 18 different violinists ranging from students to amateurs, including children … Continue reading

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Composer Victoria Borisova-Ollas: ‘I wondered what the music of the pharaohs sounded like’

The latest achievement of the Russian-Swedish composer Victoria Borisova-Ollas (1969) is Dracula. This opera based on Bram Stoker’s book on the famous vampire was premièred at The Stockholm Royal Opera in October 2017. ‘A colourful and highly atmospheric musical score’, … Continue reading

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Zara Levina Piano Concertos: Rachmaninoff meets Shostakovich

The name of Zara Levina is not widely known, but this will soon change. The Swedish pianist Maria Lettberg recorded her two Piano Concertos together with the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra and conductor Ariane Matiakh. Their spirited performance of Levina’s … Continue reading

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Opslaan en vernietigen: aanklacht tegen verkwanseling cultureel erfgoed

Een Saoedische prins betaalt 450 miljoen dollar voor een matig schilderij van Leonardo da Vinci; een Nederlandse politicus looft een kratje bier uit voor een nieuwe compositie. In een notendop vangen deze twee uitersten onze huidige omgang met cultuur. De … Continue reading

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Aribert Reimann: “Ich schätze sowohl die musikalische Tradition als auch die modernen Entwicklungen”

Trotz seines hohen Alters ist der deutsche Komponist Aribert Reimann (1936) immer noch sehr aktiv. Im Oktober 2017 feierte seine Oper L’invisible nach Maeterlinck-Texte seine Uraufführung an der Deutschen Oper Berlin. Am 14. Dezember erklang die Uraufführung seines Zyklus Die … Continue reading

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Wat ‘hoorde’ de dove Beethoven? Martijn Padding formuleert een antwoord in Glimpse

Vrijdag 8 december speelt het Residentie Orkest in het AVROTROS Vrijdagconcert Beethovens Tweede Symfonie en het Tweede Vioolconcert van Prokofjev. Een niet direct voor de hand liggende combinatie, maar het cement tussen de opgewekte muziek van de Duitser en de … Continue reading

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Ensemble 1904: loving CD portrait of almost forgotten Poldowski

Poldowski re-imagined is the name of the latest CD of the French Ensemble 1904. Poldowski who?? Like many of her female colleagues, this Polish-British composer (1879-1932) is as good as forgotten; also her name is problematic. Born as the youngest … Continue reading

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Vanessa Lann: pianists ‘Vicky Chow and Saskia Lankhoorn can play anything’

On Friday 1 December the piano duo X88 will present the world première of naked, I by Vanessa Lann at a recital in the Amsterdam Bimhuis. The American-Dutch composer wrote it especially for this adventurous piano duo, that performs complex … Continue reading

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Kate Moore wins Matthijs Vermeulenprijs – as first woman composer ever

On Saturday 2 December the Australian-Dutch composer Kate Moore (1979) will receive the Matthijs Vermeulen Prize for her composition The Dam. The prize was established in 1972 and consists of € 20,000, made available by the Performing Arts Fund. It … Continue reading

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