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The Art of the Improvisers
Guitarist Yotam Silberstein (1980 ?) was born in Israel and has been living and working, very successfully, in New York since 2005. His quartet plays eclectic music, featuring various different styles. The other musicians are: keyboard player Vitor Goncalves, bassist John Patitucci, and drummer Daniel Dor. Recordings from January 2018 – Brooklyn , NY.
Silent seduction: Peggy Lee & the art of omission
Her voice was labelled with such terms as smoky or breathy, sensual to the highest degree. Jazz author Leonard Feather remarked “If you don’t feel a thrill when Peggy Lee sings, you’re dead, Jack.” Remarkably she managed to accomplish an enormous amount with, what was in fact, a small voice. She had learned how to turn a weakness into a strength early on. Just by singing even softer she would manage to get the attention of the audience and could give a large concert hall the allure of an intimate nightclub. She has said about the singing trade that it’s secret to the true art form is to leave out all but the essence. Unlike some singers nowadays Peggy Lee did not need to resort to dressing scantily and sashaying around the stage in order to get attention.
Unfurled- Antony and Cleopatra…and Samuel Barber: Opera in the 20th Century
Today it’s about Samuel Barber’s third and last opera Antony and Cleopatra (op. 40). The story is based on the play of the same name by Shakespeare about the relationship between Anthony and Cleopatra against the historical background of the Roman-Persian Wars. Librettist Franco Zefferelli as always gave it a nice twist. That was necessary as Barber got the commission for the opening of the ‘Metropolitan Opera House’ in the Lincoln Center in New York in 1966.
New Documento series: Naples
The next edition of the Early Music Festival (FOM) is a few months away, but we’re giving a preview. On Monday 15th April the Concertzender is starting a series of four Documento’s, dedicated to Naples, this year the central theme of the FOM. For centuries Naples was one of the greatest European cities, a cultural leader. The city has a rich musical history. In Documento we’re going through the musical history of Naples, from the Middle Ages to the 18th century. Part 1 covers Neapolitan Music from the Middle Ages by composers such as Adam de la Halle, Philippe de Vitry and Antonello da Caserta. Broadcast Naples part 1, the Middle Ages Monday 15th April 2019, 19.00 – 20.00 Documento Brockes-Passion in Concertzender Live When they hear” Passion “ Music lovers naturally think of Bach’s St Matthew and St John’s Passions. However Georg Friedrich Händel wrote great Passion music of which his Passion, to texts by contemporary Barthold Heinrich Brockes, is his best known. In 2018 the Apollo Ensemble played Händels Brockes-Passion, as the first part of a striking Passion threeparter, based on a famous libretto by the then innovative author Barthold Heinrich Brockes (1680-1747). The Concertzender recorded these and is broadcasting them in two editions of Concertzender Live. Special Brockes’ text is not liturgical and doesn’t follow an evangelist, but focusses on the personal emotions. Händel composed it in the line of Italian opera tradtions and wrote his Passion for a small ensemble of 8 opera singers and 14 instrumentalists. Apollo Ensemble’s performance sticks to these ensembles. In Concertzender Live on 11th April part 1 of the Brockes-Passion will be followed by our recording of the Child-Matthew by Ton Koopman and his daughter Marieke Koopman. Broadcasts: – Part 1: Thursday 11th April 2019, 20.00 – 22.00 – Part 2: Thursday 25th April 2019, 20.00 – 22.00 Rembrandt The greatest Dutch painter of all time died 350 years ago. In three episodes of Documento we’re playing music either from his time or that is about his painting. Part 1, on Monday 22nd April contains music about Biblical scenes by Rembrandt, such as his painting ‘Jeremia treurend over de verwoesting van Jerusalem’ from 1630. This scene has often been used by composers as a basis, such as Emilio de’ Cavalieri and Johann Rosenmüller. They are primarily performed in Easter Week. Part 2: Rembrandt and the Bible can be heard in Documento on Monday 6th May and Part 3 is planned for June. Jordi Savall Broadcast (part 1) – Monday 22nd April 2019, 19.00 – 20.00 Organ works In Organ Works On Monday 8th April we broadcast part 2 of a special version of Bach’s Goldberg variations. Orgelwerk You can hear this programme via our app, but it’s also going to be repeated ‘live’ on Wednesday 17th April at 11.00.
Composer of the month: Olivier Messiaen
In April 2019, the Concertzender is broadcasting a number of programmes featuring the music of a man who was once referred to as a modern medieval man: Olivier Messiaen. However, the words ‘modern’ and ‘medieval’ only partly describe his oeuvre. He was also a fantastic musician, had a complete disregard for the boundary between art and kitsch, was able to put the same feeling for the magical in both his religious and profane music and was never part of any popular musical trend. His music is both fascinating and timeless. An hour is scarcely enough time for even a first impression. However, that is not a problem as there is so much more to discover. Broadcast Messiaen composer of the month
Seeking Space Explorers: join us for a live broadcast on 19 May
100th episode of Space Exposure The 100th episode of Space Exposure is on Sunday 19th May. To celebrate this milestone, Roel Janssen presents a special two-hour long programme from 19:00 to 21:00 CET, which means there is no Sensenta on that day. The first hour features the best music from the four years of Space Exposure, the second hour is the ‘regular’ programme with the latest IDM, experimental techno, electronics, ambient, drum ‘n’ bass, rave and instrumental hiphop. Three of our listeners can be present in the studio in Utrecht during the broadcast. Send an e-mail to email@example.com and maybe you will be among the ‘chosen ones’. Broadcast Sunday 19th May from 20.00 tot 22.00 CET.