Tag Archives: Nederlands Kamerkoor

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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‘We know exactly what the right decision is, but often choose against our intuition’ – Lera Auerbach sets 72 demons to music

In 2016, the Russian-American Lera Auerbach (1973) stunned both audience and press with her full-length cycle 72 Angels for choir and saxophone quartet. Three years later she composed a sequel, Goetia 72, dedicated to as many demons. This time the … Continue reading

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Fifty years of Raschèr Saxophone Quartet: ‘Stay upright!’

On 22 September the Raschèr Saxophone Quartet will celebrate its fiftieth anniversary with a gala concert in Freiburg. This is a sample of their versatility, with works by such diverse composers as Bach, Xenakis and Auerbach, and with the collaboration of … 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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Waarom David Lang de Matthäus-Passion koppelt aan een sprookje

Een passie wijden aan een sprookjesfiguur? De Amerikaanse componist David Lang draait er zijn hand niet voor om. Hij baseerde zijn koorwerk the little match girl passion op een sprookje van Hans Christian Andersen. Donderdag 6 juli wordt het uitgevoerd … 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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Peter Dijkstra: ‘Glass was as groundbreaking as Harnoncourt’

Philip Glass (1937) is popular around the world and has a big following in the Netherlands, too. His 80th birthday is celebrated by many organisations and ensembles. Last week the Noord Nederlands Orkest dedicated two very successful concerts to his … Continue reading

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Composer Lera Auerbach on 72 Angels: ‘The sounds decide’

Since the Russian-American Lera Auerbach (Chelyabinsk, 1973) made her debut in Carnegie Hall in 2002, her career has soared. She played her own Suite for piano, violin and orchestra with Gidon Kremer and his Kremerata Baltica, and performed in prestigious … Continue reading

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