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Panorama De Leeuw

Thea Derks is following the musical career of Reinbert de Leeuw.

In the last episode we reached the suspected sentence reduction imposed at the instigation of Reinbert on Peter Schat in 1988  by the Fund for Creative Music. Although there was public controversy about the affair it didn’t damage his reputation and in 1991 he was awarded the Sikkensprijs, together with the Irish poet Seamus Heany.

In that same year the British composer Oliver Knussen made his debut with the Schönberg Ensemble. There was an immediate click and he promptly invited Reinbert de Leeuw to be guest programmer for the Aldeburgh Festival in town of the same name on the South East coast of England.

At his request Reinbert conducted the Sinfonietta opus 1 by Benjamin Britten, with his own Schönberg Ensemble. That is unusual, because up until then he had ignored this composer as being too traditional – just like Schat and Kox, from whom we played music last time.

Knussen will often return to the Schönberg and the later Asko|Schönberg


  1. Arnold Schönberg / arr. Felix Geissle: Fünf Orchesterstücke

Asko|Schönberg / Reinbert de Leeuw

  1. Igor Stravinsky: Suite de Faun en de herderin

Cleveland Orchestra / Oliver Knussen; Lucy Shelton, mezzo-soprano

  1. Benjamin Britten: Sinfonietta opus 1

Schönberg Ensemble / Reinbert de Leeuw

  1. Ruth Crawford-Seeger: Music for Small Orchestra

Schönberg Ensemble / Oliver Knussen


Compilation, host and recording: Thea Derks


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