An ox on the roof

thu 31 dec 2020

Last December, violin- and viola player Ig Henneman celebrated her 75th birthday. This would have been commemorated with a portrait concert in the Orgelpark in Amsterdam, but the coronavirus threw a spanner in the works. But there was the release of a new CD ‘Solo Songs for Instruments’ with five new pieces, inspired by poetry.

The American soprano Katherine Dain released a CD as well, with modern music. It contains mostly French music, but the music of the Finnish/French Kaija Saariaho as well. Remarkable are the seldom-heard songs of Claire Delbos, Olivier Messiaen’s first wife.

The Britten Jeugd Strijkorkest also ends the year 2020 with a new CD, named after Nino Rota’s  Concerto for Strings. The American Molly Pease, released the cantata ‘Inner Astronomy’ including eight pieces for vocal quartet and string quintet, on her father’s poems. He wrote this when he was suffering from depression in an attempt to overwin an addiction.

An ox on the roof 22: The Ox in times of coronavirus #9, Sunday 3-1-2021 12.00-13.00.