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The Dutch composer Jan van Gilse has had a much moved and turbulent life. He was one of the main advocates of Gustav Mahler’s music in the Netherlands, as a conductor of the Utrechts Stedelijk Orkest his conducting skills and choice of repertoire were thoroughly criticized. He lost both his sons due to Nazi-hands, died in hiding during World War II and was buried under a phony name to protect his friends and family. The German-educated composer left behind an impressive list of compositions, influenced by Gustav Mahler, Richard Strauss and his tutor Engelbert Humperdinck. The world has only just begun to discover the significance of the man and his compositions. The Netherlands Symphony Orchestra presents his magnificent Fourth Symphony, recorded by MonteVerdi Media on the 9th of April. Never recorded before and seldom heard in the concert hall.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart wrote his last three symphonies in the ridiculously short period of six weeks. Back then, the symphonies were extremely long and full of progressive musical developments the audience had never heard before. Frans Brüggen and his Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century will perform the Symphonies No. 39, 40 and 41 (Jupiter) in the concert hall de Doelen in Rotterdam, recorded by MonteVerdi Media.
The Dutch violin virtuoso Liza Ferschtman was the star of the second recording made by the Orkest van het Oosten (the Netherlands Symphony Orchestra), Challenge Records and MonteVerdi Media. Together with maestro Jan Willem de Vriend she performed Beethoven’s Violin Concerto. The concert was concluded by Beethoven’s magnificent Symphony No. 5.
The title of George Gershwin’s ‘An American in Paris’ is something that you have to interpret literally. This American composer visited the French capital in the 1920s and was so impressed by what he saw and heard that he had to put his experiences in music. MonteVerdi Media will record the Arnhem Philharmonic Orchestra and conductor Kynan Jones in a concert from the Musis Sacrum Concert Hall that will also include Ives’ ‘The unanswered question’, and Ginastera’s Harp Concerto, featuring the Dutch harpist Lavinia Meijer.
The chansonnier Philippe Elan paid Haarlem a visit. Together with Holland Symfonia and maestro Jurjen Hempel he treated the audience on his melancholic voice, singing only the most beautiful French songs. Combined with highlights from the French orchestral repertoire, this is a concert you won´t forget.
Each of the six cantatas of Johann Sebastian Bach´s Weihnachtsoratorium are meant for a specific day in the liturgical year. But if you put them together, the result is one of the most beautiful oratorios ever written. Performed by the Nederlands Kamerkoor (Netherlands Chamber Choir) and the Combattimento Consort Amsterdam in the Musis Sacrum in Arnhem, under the baton of Jan Willem de Vriend.
MonteVerdi celebrated Christmas 2009 with 3 concerts, see the details at our Xmas portal
Recorded on the 18th of December in the Musis Sacrum Concert hall in Arnhem, Het Gelders Orkest (The Arnhem Philharmonic Orchestra) presents a warm French Christmas. Pascal Rogé will perform Saint-Saëns´ Piano Concerto No. 5 and together with his wife Ami they perform in the lovely Carnaval des Animaux. The orchestra, conducted by former chief conductor Roberto Benzi, will start the concert with two French pieces inspired by Spain: Chabier´s Espana and Ravel´s Rapsodie Espagnole.
Joyeux Noël is one of the three Xmas concerts. Read all about it at our Xmas portalHolland Symfonia | Brahms & Beethoven
Ludwig van Beethoven´s famous Leonore Overture No. 3 is the start of a beautiful and intimate concert, given by the Holland Symfonia and its conductor Otto Tausk. Gustav Mahler´s Kindertotenlieder are probably one of the most intimate pieces ever written by a composer, and beautifully performed by the Dutch baritone Thomas Oliemans. In his Symphony No. 3, which closed this concert, the bachelor composer Johannes Brahms declares his own motto in the notes F-A-F: ´Frei aber Froh (Free but Happy)!
When Frans Brüggen founded the Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century back in 1981, he started a true revolution in the classical music world. In the meantime the orchestra has become one of the most respected ensembles when it comes to performing early and classical music. The 60 members of the orchestra have their origin in many different countries and all play on period instruments. For this anniversary concert in the Muziekgebouw aan ´t IJ Amsterdam in honour of the maestro´s 75th birthday, the joyous Scottish Symphony by Felix Mendelssohn is preceded by a selection of six Johann Sebastian Bach Sinfonias, handpicked by Frans Brüggen himself.
Most people will know Jacques Offenbach as an extraordinary operetta composer, but that he also was a virtuoso cello player is a fact less known. His grand concerto for cello and orchestra is not a standard work on the concert repertoire but this characteristic piece is a joy to listen too. The British cellist Raphael Wallfisch is unparalleled as a soloist in this ´Concerto Militaire´ and during this concert he teams up with maestro Jan Willem de Vriend and the Netherlands Symphony Orchestra (Orkest van het Oosten). The evening is concluded by a performance of Beethoven´s Symphony No. 7. This concert was recorded live in the Nationaal Muziekkwartier Enschede.
When Frans Brüggen founded the Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century back in 1981, he started a true revolution in the classical music world. In the meantime the orchestra has become one of the most respected ensembles when it comes to performing early and classical music. The 60 members of the orchestra have their origin in many different countries and all play on period instruments. Two true masterpieces by Haydn are the centre of this concert, recorded at the Muziekgebouw aan ´t IJ in Amsterdam: Haydn´s Symphony No. 99 and his Sinfonia Concertante for violin, cello, oboe and bassoon. The concert is concluded with a masterpiece by another great composer of the classical period: Mozart´s Symphony No. 40.
“My subject is war and the pity of war. The poetry is in the pity. All a poet can do is warn." These are the words of the great war poet Wilfred Owen, who was killed in action during the First World War, aged 25. His fellow countrymen Benjamin Britten found the inspiration in his poetry to write his moving War Requiem on the occasion of the reconsecration of Coventry Cathedral, a building almost entirely destroyed by Nazi bombs. This piece was also at the centre of the 65th commemoration of Operation Market Garden and the Battle of Arnhem. On the 19th of September, MonteVerdi Media recorded the Arnhem Philharmonic Orchestra and its honorary conductor Martin Sieghart in a performance of this Requiem, live from the Arnhem concert hall Musis Sacrum.
A dedicated microsite about the Arnhem Philharmonic Orchestra and War Requiem gives you all the details
This very special project is a commemoration of Joseph Haydn's 200th dying day. The Netherlands Chamber Choir, under the direction of Klaas Stok and in Cooperation Concerto D'Amsterdam, performed Haydn's breath-taking oratorio "Die Schöpfung" live from the world renowned Amsterdam Concertgebouw.
Go to Die schopfung.com and read all about this special concert
The battle of the sexes, it´s a story as old as time. Today it is often a subject of disagreement and serious discussions but in Georg Philipp Telemann´s days it was the reason for a good laugh and therefore the perfect subject for an intermezzo. A beautiful and clever maid, a rich but foolish man, a great orchestra and a unique; restaurant: these are the ingredients of this special production of Georg Philipp Telemann´s comic opera ´Pimpinone´. In cooperation with the Combattimento Consort Amsterdam, sopranos Julia Neumann and Claudia Patacca and the baritone Marcel Boone, this concert was recorded in the restaurant Fifteen in Amsterdam.
More information about this special production can be found at www.pimpinone.com
The New York Times considered him ´a world class pianist, performing at his absolute best´ and The Gramophone judges him to poses a "blow-your-socks-off virtuosity complemented with a dark, intense, ferociously concentrated essence and nature… ´When the young master pianist made his debut in February 2008 in the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, the reviews were raving. Still only in his twenties, the Ukrainian pianist proved himself a real master of the keys.
The story and reviews of Gavryluyk's Dazzling Debut can be found at our Gavryluk microsite
The Christmas Matinee is an outstanding milestone in the history of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra´s television recordings. This concert (RCO Christmas Matinee edition No. 34) is one big celebration of opera, a true ´spectacle coupé´. In the nineteenth century such a program often was the zenith of an opera theatre season with a nice mix of staged opera fragments, varying from one aria to complete acts. On the famous stage of the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, RCO´s principle director Mariss Jansons leads his orchestra and the Latvian mezzo-soprano Elina Garanča in a wild combination of orchestral overtures and virtuoso aria´s.
Read the story How to become ‘World’s Greatest Symphony Orchestra’ by Rob Overman at our RCO microsite
Jorge Luis Prats was born on July 3rd, 1956 in Camaguey, Cuba. At the age of 21 he won the renowned Parisian international competition Margürite Long. This recital debut in the renowned Master Pianists Series in the Amsterdam Concertgebouw marks Jorge Luis Prats´ return to a major European stage. Riaskoff Concert Management on their ´discovery´ of this World class musician: “Once in a while you have the luck to come across with an unexpected musical surprise. This happened about a year ago when we received a DVD from the United States with a live recording of a Miami recital by the Cuban Pianist Jorge Luis Prats. We immediately were convinced that we were not only confronted with an exceptional technically skilled pianist, but moreover with a fabulous musician blessed with a huge natural charisma.”
In 2008 the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra celebrated the anniversary of its formation in 1888. Soon after its establishment 120 years ago, the orchestra developed into one of the best in Europe. “Really magnificent, full of youthful vigour and enthusiasm” as Richard Strauss put it in 1897… The Orchestra was granted Royal status in 1988. It has made more than 1,100 LPs, CDs and DVDs and is regarded worldwide as one of the most prestigious symphony orchestras. The jubilee concert took place on 24 October 2008 at, of course, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam.