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Sigur Rós. We play several tracks from the Islandic post rock band Sigur Rós. The music alternately sounds happy and melancholic, dark and loud, but all of their songs are full of a special atmosphere. Playlist: From the album ( ) (2002): – Vaka (6:38) From the album Agaetis Byrjun (1999): – Olsen Olsen (8:02) – Ny Batteri (8:10) From the album Takk (2005): – Sé Lest (8:40) From the album Valtari (2012): – Ekki Múkk (7:44) – Varud (6:36) From the album ( ) (2002): – Popplagid (11:44)
Know your classics: it has been a classic expression itself for a long time already. So what does it tell us? More than enough! This edition of the Concertzender newsletter is bursting at the seams with classics: we have Liszt and lots, lots, lots of Beethoven. In addition, we pay attention to Bartók and a London baker’s daughter, we’ll dip our toes into contemporary music and honour the Baroque delights of the bottle. We also repeat our programme about another classic, the Indian superstar and living legend Lata Mangeshkar (90!) Enjoy listening to Concertzender radio, live, Online, or on the road via The Concertzender App or enjoy visiting one of the concerts in The Hague or TivoliVredenburg. Till next month!
Cruel fortune and the delights of the bottle
Sharp contrasts, matured emotions and warm colours: Baroque is trending. On Friday afternoon 13 March, Concertzender Live will broadcast two baroque concert recordings: ‘O Fortuna Crudele’, featuring soprano Henriette Feith and baroque oboist Marcel Ponseele, and the concert ‘The Delights of the Bottle’, a performance of Eveline Juten and Arwen Bouw on the 2018 International Lute Event.
In January, we asked you what music – you may fill in the name of the composer yourself – was used in the film Zardoz. The answer: part 2 (allegretto) from Symphony no. 7 by, indeed, Ludwig van Beethoven. The winner is R.M. Stolk from Voorhout. Congratulations! March prize draw In this month’s quiz our composer of the year again plays a role: which music by Ludwig van Beethoven was used in the science fiction film ‘Soylent Green’ from 1973? Please send your answer to firstname.lastname@example.org before 20 March 2020 and you have a chance of winning one of the two (!) following books: ‘In de muziek’ by Wieke Karstens or ‘Het Strijkkwartet’ by Leo Sanama. Do you also know – not part of the question, by the way – what Soylent Green is made of? For anyone who wants some food for thought, the equally disconcerting and socially relevant film (set in 2022) can be found on Youtube.
Composer of the month
When hearing the early works of our composer of the month, there’s a good chance that you suspect you’re listening to Brahms, Beethoven or Liszt, the other composers we will pay attention to this month. However, this changed when Béla Bartók (yes, it’s him!) developed a serious interest in traditional folk music around the age of 25 that would last a lifetime and mark his oeuvre. The direct reason: a journey together with his friend Zoltán Kodály through the Hungarian inlands. Just in time, too, because the composer Bartók was searching at that time. So walking, most certainly in Hungary, must be good for you.
Musical historiography: Emanuel Overbeeke about Beethoven and the Netherlands
Emanuel Overbeeke, one of our programme makers, wrote an extraordinary book on Beethoven. It’s not the umpteenth book about Beethoven, his life, suffering and work; it’s the first one about Beethoven’s position in the Dutch culture from his era up to today. Different groups and persons in different times claimed the composer for various reasons. That’s why the reception of Beethoven was and still is a reflection of our society today. The book covers many people and topics from both inside and outside the music scene such as authors, politicians, class, good and less good Germans, the Dutch political system of pillarisation and depillarisation. In short, the book is as much about the Dutch as it’s about Beethoven. A very special and beautiful book for music lovers as well as historians. For more information visit voor de kunst.
The Liszt Competition, 12th edition
Fourteen pianists from ten countries will participate in the 12th Liszt Competition in TivoliVredenbrug in Utrecht from 17 to 28 March. And what’s more, It promises to become a special edition. For the first time, the participants won’t solely play compositions by Liszt, but also works of one of his idols: Beethoven.
Nancy, muse for Mozart and Haydn
By Thijs Bonger Mozart and Haydn found each other on many levels. One of which was their boundless admiration for a young opera diva. Her voice, acting talent and physical attraction made her a muse for many composers. Many pieces were created with her in mind. And they often turn out to be more than worth listening to.
Branding Festival: a dive into contemporary music
Do you want to dip your toes into contemporary music? Come to the Festival Dag in de Branding on 7th and 8th March! The The Hague Festival presents the newest music in a number of different locations. The Icelandic composer Anna Thorvaldsdottir is the featured composer in two concerts by the New European Ensemble. But there is more: On Saturday, the Nederlands Blazers Ensemble will open the day with the family friendly show The Unknown Chaplin, with music by Micha Hamel, Reza Namavar and Oene van Geel. Composer and artist-in-residence Meriç Artaç will present the new work Zizos which was written for the festival and that will be performed by musicians from the Catchpenny Ensemble. Over the last decade, Festival Dag in de Branding has risen to become one of the leading platforms for new music. It organises four programs a year at locations all across The Hague. The festival showcases the latest developments in classical and improvised music, in music theatre, jazz, pop, opera and electronic music. Tickets Tickets to individual concerts are available. You can also, however, order a passe-partout for all concerts in 7 & 8 March. Students are entitled to a special discount! For more information and the day schedule visit the Festival site.