Tag Archives: Asko|Schönberg

Robert Adlington on Reinbert de Leeuw: ‘His “canon” was quite unlike anyone else’s’

Reinbert de Leeuw died on 14 February 2020, and was buried in Amsterdam exactly a week later, after a worthy tribute in  Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ. He had chosen the music for his farewell himself, with Asko|Schönberg performing Berceuse élégiaque … Continue reading

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Composer Tansy Davies explores her Dutch roots in Soul Canoe: ‘Music is a powerful carrier of messages’

Last autumn Tansy Davies lived in Amsterdam for three months, as composer in residence of the Concertgebouw. She soaked up the atmosphere and sought inspiration for a new composition for Asko|Schönberg, Soul Canoe, that will be premièred on 17 May. … 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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How Franz Schubert led Klaas de Vries to neotonal heaven

The music of the Dutch composer Klaas de Vries (1944) combines Stravinskyan clarity with southern sensuality. He cherishes a love for poets like Pablo Neruda and Fernando Pessoa and his work excels in recognizable melodies and rhythms. ‘No matter how … Continue reading

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Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ: Revolution, Russians, Reinbert

During the Holland Festival of 1989 Reinbert de Leeuw was so captured by the music of Galina Oestvolskaja and Sofia  that from then on he developed into of their most tireless advocates. That the Soviet Union would collapse not long … Continue reading

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Cd-box Kurtág: already historic

The three-piece CD box with choir and ensemble works by György Kurtág is overwhelming. His soul-piercing sounds are sublimely interpreted by Reinbert de Leeuw et al. Also, the recording is impeccable. This box is already historic, a monument to the … Continue reading

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Arnold Schönberg is dead, long live Arnold Schönberg!

Arnold Schoenberg (1874-1951) is often accused of having chased away the audience with his zest for innovation. His twelve-tone technique broke away the foundation underneath the tonal system, which had provided a safe haven for centuries. Deprived of his footing … Continue reading

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Reinbert de Leeuw en Via crucis van Liszt: een levenslange fascinatie

In 1986 won hij een Edison voor zijn opname van Via crucis met het Nederlands Kamerkoor, gedirigeerd vanaf de piano. In 2013 zette hij de versie voor piano solo op cd, die eveneens bekroond werd met een Edison. Deze maand … Continue reading

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Composer Huang Ruo: ‘I was inspired by your system of dikes & dunes’

The Chinese-American composer Huang Ruo (Hainan, 1976) was composer in residence with the Amsterdam Concertgebouw in the season of 2015-16. During the three months he spent in the Netherlands, he immersed himself in both culture and nature. The Concertgebouw teamed … 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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