“Hortus Festival Sneak Preview”
The Hortus Ensemble – made up of Maarten van Veen (Erard piano), Eva Stegeman (violin), Örzse Adam (viola) and Job ter Haar (cello) – perform romantic, melodious piano quartets. The composers are Camille Saint-Saëns and Friedrich Kuhlau from the 18th and 19th centuries.
The WTC performance is a sneak preview of the ensemble’s repertoire for the Hortus Festival in August. This involves botanical gardens in Amsterdam, Utrecht, Leiden and Haren in which the gardens form an exotic backdrop for summer music. More info and further concert dates: www.hortusfestival.nl
“Sonnerie & Other Portraits” – Musical paintings from the French Baroque
Unique to the French Baroque, eighteenth century composers populated their publications with musical portraits, commemorative pieces and pièces de hommage which flattered and celebrated their subjects, leaving deeper meanings to the imagination and discretion of the listener.
In this programme from their critically-acclaimed second album, Fantasticus present a palette of musical portraits from the French Baroque: the hypnotic bell-like fantasy, “Sonnerie” by Marais; intensely emotional musical tombstones; respect, humour and tenderness in the dedications from one composer to another.
Works by Marais, Rameau, Leclair, Duphly, Francoeur and Dornel.
Szféra Passion will play a festive potpourri of Argentinian tangos, Brazilian bossa nova and cha cha cha and well-known Dutch tunes. The trio’s members Ernö Olah (violin and musical saw), Gert Wantenaar (accordion) and Danny Malando (double bass) also form part of the 75-year-old Malando Tango orchestra. Olah was Concert Master at the Metropole Orchestra for 33 years and, like Gert Wantenaar, accompanied many famous artists. Danny Malando, member of the musical Malando family, played in the Bangkok Symphony Orchestra for a number of years before he succeeded his father as leader of the Malando Orchestra in 1999.
BLACK INTENTION plays ‘The Circle of C.P.E. Bach’
Recorder virtuosi Yvonne Rietbergen, Sascha Mommertz and Lydia Nagel will introduce the audience to the works of Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, ‘the Bach of Berlin’. C.P.E. Bach, who was employed by Frederick the Great in Berlin, was born exactly 300 years ago and the event is being commemorated all over the world.
The concert combines his sensitive, expressive and unconventional compositions with a number of works of his famous father Johann Sebastian Bach, his brother and other well-known contemporaries, like Telemann and Quantz.
Atmosphere and enjoyment are the key words for the March 11 concert by string quartet ATMO’S. The name comes from the initials of the four ensmble members and they certainly generate quite an atmosphere as they perform. The quartet is made up of Albanian Artur Trajko, Italian Tiziana Pintus, Dutchwoman Marielle Ponsen and Hungarian Örzse Adam.
Drift away on this medley of melodious and romantic chamber music including compositions by Donizetti, Puccini, Verdi and Gershwin.
Get in the mood for a romantic Valentine’s Day with the February 11 lunchtime concert in the Central Hall. Multi-instrumentalist Zoli Soos and his cross-over bank Vinsky create a melodious, warm atmosphere.
The group, set up in 2012, consists of singers, guitar, chello, percussion and trumpet. They will perform music composed by Soos: modern day folk songs to relax and reflect to. The composer’s Hungarian background shines through in both the voicework and music. In all, a good listen. In January 2013 Vinksy performed on television, in May and June the group toured Hungary and in February 2014, Zoli Soos’ album And The Moon Shines On will be released, with 12 own compositions.