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Episode 159: beautiful transcriptions. Master pianist Geoffrey Madge and Concertzender’s Louis Thörig share views on remarkable musicians past and present.
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The Night: Contemporary Music
Contemporary Music Night #57 – Moving Furniture Records # 5. De tweewekelijkse Hedendaagse Muziek Nacht op de Concertzender met vannacht de vijfde aflevering van een serie van ongeveer vijftien nachten die geheel gewijd is aan het Nederlandse label Moving Furniture Records van Sietse van Erve. U hoort alle van 2008 tot nu toe geproduceerde cd’s in chronologische volgorde.
African music: Mariama
Every third Friday of the month between 20.00 and 21.00, you can listen to African music compiled by expert Kees Schuil. Time for a chat! Radio Rabat Throughout my childhood, classical music was the only music I knew: Mozart, Telemann and Bach especially. I hated the pop music of those days, until The Beatles came along. However, I was able to tune in to radio Rabat at night and really loved the Arab music that was played there. Later in life, I got to know other music, including African music. In the late 1960s, African dance groups regularly performed in Dutch theatres; a feast for eyes and ears! Around that time, I also decided not to take a job in the Netherlands, but to go abroad. I picked Africa because of my preference for African music and dance and managed to get a job as a science teacher in Ghana. I took along my LPs, built my own speakers from tropical hardwood, bought even more music and, gradually, it became known that I had both a good music system and an extensive music collection.
Concertzender: world famous in Lyon
On Saturday 21 December 2019, our technician Wijnand de Groot recorded a concert by Christine Ott. When he mentioned that he was there on behalf of the Concertzender, he was greeted in a very friendly way by the sound technician who was travelling with her: “Ah, the Concertzender! What a pleasure to finally meet you!” This sound technician – a Dutchman who has been living in France for thirty years – works at the conservatory in Lyon where the Concertzender is very well known for its live recordings of Early Music. All well-known musicians in the early music genre can be heard at the Concertzender, and people make full use of that! That’s me (Wijnand de Groot) on the left and on the right is Huby, the man from Lyon. The photo was taken by Hessel Veldman.
Composer of the month
Wilhelm Friedemann Bach, the eldest son of Johann Sebastian, is composer of the month April. He became his father’s apprentice at an early age and proved to have a talent for keyboard instruments. Most of his works that are known today were composed for organ or harpsichord. In 1731, Wilhelm Friedemann became an organist in Dresden. He combined the forms his father used, such as counterpoint dances, with a French melody style. However, halfway through the 1740s, Wilhelm Friedemann changed position and moved to Halle, where he lived near his father. When his father died in 1750, Wilhelm Friedemann became the administrator of his musical estate. The last years of Bach’s life weren’t the happiest. He performed as an organist, but held no permanent post and was forced to sell his father’s and his own manuscripts. In 1784, he died in great poverty and fell somewhat out of favour. After 1750, many people were thinking of Carl Emmanuel rather than Wilhelm Friedemann when hearing the name of Bach. Due to the growing interest in Johann Sebastian after 1800, the works of all his children disappeared into the background. It was only in the early 20th century that the interest in the works of Wilhelm Friedemann revived, and unknown pieces of his work pop up occasionally. Listen Every day between 16.00 and 17.00 CET starting Wednesday 1 April 2020.
Looking for Beethoven
On 16 December 2020, we’ll be celebrating ‘der Ludwig’s’ 250th birthday. That’s why this year, The Concertzender will play one hour of Beethoven’s music every weekday. We’ll also interview a Beethoven expert every Monday. Evert-Jan Nagtegaal: ‘As one of the presenters I get to interview these experts about their specialty within Beethoven’s oeuvre. So far, I’ve learned a lot about Beethoven, about his music, but also about his performance techniques, his instrumental choices and him as a person. And so, I thought it was high time for a pilgrimage to Bonn and Beethoven’s origins’.
A muse for Haydn and Mozart: Nancy Storace
Nancy Storace, Part II By Thijs Bonger In last month’s newsletter, I started the story about Haydn and Mozart’s shared love for opera diva Nancy, or Anna Storace, an opera star with stunning looks. They both wrote and arranged music for her. For example, a duet from Haydn’s opera Armida, which Mozart arranged for her vocal range. Armida Operas by Haydn. What’s the chance that you’ll ever see one live? The great thing about this quest is that I keep finding music I’ve never heard before. Haydn wrote Armida in 1783 as his last commission for the Hungarian noble house of Esterhazy. It became his most successful one. The prince loved it and even Haydn was pleased with it. And well deserved considering the fact that it was performed 54 (!) times during Haydn’s lifetime. But even so, Armida did not keep its repertoire. Like more of Haydn’s operas, the libretto isn’t great. The 1st and 2nd act are static and last a total of 2 hours. They have their moments, but you have to listen closely. The third act, however, is quicker and holds a few surprises. It’s set in an enchanted forest, giving Haydn the opportunity to play with sound like he did in later pieces like Die Jahrenzeiten and Die Schöpfung. And Nancy Storace was the star.
Dutch romantic song in ‘Die Sanck een lied’
‘Töne der Liebe’ In 1845, Dutch organist Gerrit van Eijken gave a performance with his 13-year old son, who, according to a Dutch music magazine of the time, ‘showed great tonal potential’. 20 years later, that son, Gerrit Isaac (Jan) van Eijken would compose ‘Töne der Liebe’, the first Dutch romantic song cycle. Töne der Liebe is a series of 11 songs, with German translations of the Song of Songs, that was dedicated to Sophie of Württemberg, king William III’s first wife.
Newsletter april: music in turbulent times
‘As the disease spread, the people turned to isolation and told each other stories.’ Who would have thought that after 650 years, this description of the Boccacio’s timeless masterpiece Decameron would sound so eerily familiar? That’s why in this month’s newsletter you’ll find some longer stories. Dive into African music, read more about a shared female interest of Mozart and Haydn, and join Evert-Jan Nagtegaal on his quest to find the Bonn Beethoven grew up in. And if you happen to stumble upon an old picture of Gerrit Isaac van Eijken lying around on the attic floor, we’d be very happy recipients!. For now, we’ve stocked up our studio with cleaning sprays, pop caps, wipes, soap and paper towels, so we can keep the broadcast going. All in the spirit of keeping you off the street as much as we can, especially now. See you next month!
In Memoriam Krzysztof Penderecki ( 1933-2020 )
Everyone has probably heard music by the Polish composer Krzysztof Penderecki. From films such as The Shining to The Exorcist, the doomladen orchestral sounds from the Pole Pool Krzysztof Penderecki were the basis for film directors. Horror music in which Penderecki was unrivalled in portraying post-war emptiness and confusion. on 29th March one of Poland’s most famous composers passed away at the age of 86 in his hometown Cracow. He became famous with early works such as Threnody to the victims of Hiroshima, De Natura Sonoris 1 + 2, Anaklasis, Polymorphia, the Sint Lucas Passie and the choral and orchestral work Utrenja. Exciting, dark music full of boiling choral parts, threatening strings and bibles, pounding percussion. From the 70’s Penderecki adopted a more tonal, accessible idiom , and among other things became famous with virtuoso concertos for violin and cello. Penderecki also wrote 4 operas, among them his debut The Devils of Loudun and Ubu Rex. As well as composing he was a dynamic conductor of his own works and others (from Górecki to Lutoslawski and Beethoven). Especially Penderecki’s groundbreaking avant-garde orchestral works from the 60’s and 70’s are still a huge influence on a new generation of composers, among them film composers such as Mica Levi and pop icon Jonny Greenwood of Radiohead who are great fans of Penderecki. Mark van de Voort. Hear more on 8th April in Thema at 20.00. https://www.concertzender.nl/programma/thema_550974/