Panorama de Leeuw – Schönberg Ensemble #3
In Panorama de Leeuw on Wednesday 5 October 21:00 CET , Thea Derks again looks at the Schönberg Ensemble. The Schönberg Ensemble was formed in 1974 at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague and immediately had a major impact.
The most influential musician in the ensemble was the violist Henk Guittart, a man with a great love of the music of the Second Viennese School around Arnold Schönberg, Alban Berg and Anton Webern.
He initiated a number of ambitious and acclaimed projects in which the complete chamber music by Schönberg, Webern and Berg was performed. The series of concerts with Webern’s music took place in 1984 and featured the British soprano Dorothy Dorow, a singer who specialised in twelve-tone music. De Leeuw had worked with her earlier at the Royal Conservatory.
The Schönberg Ensemble became increasingly ambitious and started the ‘Nieuwe Serie’ in 1986 together with a number of other ensembles. This was the beginning of the cooperation with Asko Ensemble that would continue until 2009 when the two ensembles were combined.