Tag Archives: Groot Omroepkoor

Le grand macabre György Ligeti: Surprisingly topical opera about the end of time

In Le Grand Macabre, the only opera György Ligeti ever composed, the protagonist Nekrotzar announces the end of time, but at the moment supreme he is the only one who perishes. The absurdist work was staged in this country in … Continue reading

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Groot Omroepkoor sings Kate Moore’s Eclipsed Vision: ‘I hope to unite people from every walk of life, male and female’

On the initiative of their new chief Benjamin Goodson the Dutch Groot Omroepkoor introduces a new variation on the now almost obligatory live stream, In the living room. Designed for the radio series AVROTROSVrijdagconcert, the concerts will be broadcast semi … Continue reading

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Theo Verbey Foundation launched online: ‘A composer is primarily a songwriter’

On 13 October 2019 the Dutch composer Theo Verbey (1959-2019) died prematurely, after a long history of depression. Barely one and a half years later the Theo Verbey Foundation will be launched, on Tuesday 12 January 2021 at 3 pm … Continue reading

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Atlantis by Robin de Raaff on CD: ‘It’s not a doomsday scenario, the world keeps on turning’

It’s become a good tradition: the AVROTROSVrijdagconcert series opens each new season with a composition from a Dutch composer for the combined forces of the Radio Philharmonic Orchestra and the Groot Omroepkoor. – This year their ranks had to be … 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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Mathilde Wantenaar: Lush harmonies in new piece for Dutch Radio Choir

This season NTRZaterdagMatinee makes up for decades of neglecting female composers, featuring well-known names such as Kaija Saariaho and Unsuk Chin next to lesser-known composers such as Calliope Tsoupaki and Kate Whitley. On Saturday 23 March the Dutch Radio Choir … Continue reading

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Willem Jeths: ‘Goede muziek neemt de luisteraar bij de hand’

Het zal u niet ontgaan zijn: 40 jaar geleden werd Muziekcentrum Vredenburg geopend. Edo de Waart leidde het Utrechts Symfonie Orkest in de Vierde Symfonie van Johannes Brahms. Otto Ketting dirigeerde zijn speciaal voor de gelegenheid gecomponeerde liederencyclus The Light … Continue reading

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Eerste Wereldoorlog – een slachtpartij die prachtige muziek opleverde

Zojuist verschenen: Een os op het dak: moderne muziek na 1900 in vogelvlucht Het zal niemand ontgaan zijn dat de Eerste Wereldoorlog honderd jaar geleden eindigde. Wrang genoeg leverde de grootste slachtpartij in de geschiedenis de meest schitterende composities op. … Continue reading

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Du fond de l’abîme Lili Boulanger: heartrending plea for a glimmer of light

Although Lili Boulanger (1893-1918) is considered one of the most important French composers of the early twentieth century, her music is rarely performed. On Friday 10 November Du fond de l’abîme will sound in AVROTROS Vrijdagconcert. An extraordinary opportunity, because … 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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