Compiled by our Classical Music desk.
At the end of 1989 and for a large part of 1990, the concert series “de Verkenning” ran in The Hague.
In fifteen concerts, milestones were explored from the music of the past hundred years. The programme began in the 1880s, with Romantics and early Impressionists, and ended in the 1980s, with postmodern masters who still had to earn their stripes. Just as the composers had for years, the audience was also invited to explore new directions in music.
Today we will broadcast parts of the first three concerts. In the first concert, beauty prevails. Whether it is heavy German Romanticism or scintillating French Impressionist, the layman can still follow the music reasonably well. The second concerto is a bit more difficult. At the start of the twentieth century, some composers really started experimenting. Works by Schönberg and Janáček should only be listened to in small rooms, but it is growing. The First World War caused a hitch: all the old art suddenly became obsolete. The third concert of the series deals with music created during and just before this war, which would change not only the map but also art beyond recognition.
1. Hugo Wolf – Humoristisches Intermezzo
2. Erik Satie – Prélude de la porte héroïque du ciel
3. Maurice Ravel – Shéhérazade
4. Leoš Janáček – Sonata in the street 1 October 1905
5. Alphons Diepenbrock – Songs to French texts
6. Arnold Schhönberg – Drei Klavierstücke opus 11
7. Erik Satie – Avant-dernières pensées
8. Sergej Prokofjev – Cinq sarcasmes
9. Aleksandr Skrjabin – Sonata no. 7 “White mass”
10. Darius Milhaud – Huit poèmes juifsProduced by: