Concertzender news letter november '12
There’s a great deal we want to tell you this month. We’ve got a new theme channel, an extraordinary CD of the Month and at Vredenburg we will record a concert by the famous Brodsky string quartet.
It’s winter time once again… Don’t worry because the Summer Darkness Festival will offer you some light in the darkness. In November?! Yes, it’s true. For we have made recordings of this ‘summer darkness’, and we will broadcast them in the dark November days.
You will also find the Vredenburg special discount in our e-zine. Unfortunately there is no prize question this time.
In November there is a mini festival with music of the relatively unknown composer Charles Koechlin. You will read all about him in ‘Introducing…’, and also about the man who is compiling the programs of his work: Leendert de Jonge. Talking about unknown: this article also includes information on the ‘ondes martenot’, a very special and relatively unknown musical instrument.
And last but not least: Govert Jan Bach – yes, a distant relation – will compile a program on Johann Sebastian Bach, starting Monday 5 November. We proudly announce that Joop van Zijl, the former news anchorman, will be its host. Read all about it in this news letter!We wish you happy reading.
X-Rated gets its own theme channel
Since 19 October the program ‘X-Rated’ has its own theme channel.
or» go directly to the X-Rated theme channel
CD of the Month: ‘The Expanding Universe’ by Laurie Spiegel
Mark van de Voort, of the new music department, chose ‘The Expanding Universe’ by Laurie Spiegel as this month’s featured record. Her debut album from 1980 has been reissued on CD for the first time, and includes 90 minutes of extra material.
“A young woman surrounded by gigantic music machines. It sounds rather exotic, but the music the American composer Laurie Spiegel (67) draws from her music computers is quietly enchanting,” says Mark.
“No dry crackle-and-pop exercises, but scintillating baroque electronic folk with strong minimal music influences.”
» listen to the Concertzender program from July 2008, compiled by Mark van de Voort
Broadcast on Laurie Spiegel
Recordings Summer Darkness Festival to be aired on dark November nights
The Concertzender has made recordings at this July’s Summer Darkness. Starting in late November we will fill the wintry Wednesday nights with Summer Darkness concerts.
First of all the result of last month’s competition. The question was: ‘Who is the composer portrayed in the picture?’ The answer is: Simeon ten Holt. The winner is F. de Winter from Brielle. Congratulations! The DVD about Ten Holt and the score of one of his works are on their way to you.
The recordings can be heard in various Concertzender Live broadcasts on ‘X-Rated’.
Every episode will also include registrations by:
Concertzender to record concert Brodsky Quartet
On Thursday 15 November the Brodsky Quartet will perform at Vredenburg Leeuwenbergh. It will be one of the concerts the Concertzender will record at Vredenburg this year.
The Brodsky Quartet celebrates its 40th anniversary. To commemorate this occasion each of the members of the string quartet has made a ‘wheel’ of his or her 40 favorite pieces. These include Beethoven and Tchaikovsky, but also works by Elvis Costello, Björk and Lou Reed.
The anniversary concerts are also interactive, for the musicians like to answer questions from the audience. Because the audience, and that might mean you, is one of the main guests at the celebrations. With the ‘wheel of 4 tunes’ (pun intended) the audience will determine what will be played that night.
The concert will commence at 20.00 hrs.
Joop van Zijl to host ‘Geen dag zonder Bach’
Monday 5 November the Concertzender will present a new program, every weekday from 13.00 to 14.00 CET: ‘Geen dag zonder Bach’ (‘Not a single day without Bach’). Joop van Zijl, former Dutch news anchorman, will host it. Govert Jan Bach compiles the program.
Pablo Casals made it clear: “For me, no day goes by without Bach”. And at the Concertzender we wholeheartedly agree with him. This is why we will present a daily portion of Bach, starting 5 November, every weekday between 13.00 and 14.00 CET. “In the weekend the listener will have to grab something from his own collection; I’m sure everyone will have an album,” says Joop van Zijl (in picture), who will host this program in his own inimitable way.
Compiler of ‘Geen dag zonder Bach’ is Govert Jan Bach (in the photo below), a distant cousin of Johann Sebastian’s and an authority on the music of his famous relative.
Thorough but playful
We will also compare performances, and we will devote attention to other composers from the Bach family:
Bach’s sources of inspiration
Host Joop van Zijl
Between 1977 and 1996 Joop van Zijl was the prime Dutch news anchorman. As a child he was already a great music lover. He still presents the annual New Year’s Concert from Vienna, featuring the Wiener Philharmoniker, and now he will host the Concertzender’s daily program ‘Geen dag zonder Bach’.
Leendert de Jonge – program maker new music
Looking for the unknown, that is Leendert’s favorite pastime. “I’m working for ‘De Vorige Eeuw’ (The Previous Century). That is very pleasant, since this period has a wide range of musical styles. I like to find music by composers who have sunk into oblivion, and preferably compositions that were never heard on radio before.”
“I like to fill in the blank spaces on the musical map. The programs I compile usually concern the first half of the last century. I don’t have a specific method. I usually get my ideas from reading program notes or websites.
Compiling a program is a real puzzle sometimes. Of course I like to program complete compositions, but you are also limited by the time available. Then you have to look for useful combinations – and this can be quite challenging.”
At a certain moment I also liked to do other things, immersing myself in music in a broader sense. I got the opportunity to compile the program ‘Deze Eeuw’ (‘This Century’) for KRO radio. In this I devoted attention to recent developments in music. When the program was discontinued, I became a music director. In this role I was in charge artistically for radio and TV recordings. One of my tasks was to maintain the sound balance. For a while I regularly worked with the VARA matinee and the Sunday Morning Concert. Ensembles often ask me as a musical director for CD recordings.
I then worked for the music department of the Purmerend library on a part-time basis for a while, and contributed to the MCN (Music Center the Netherlands) music encyclopedia. This was discontinued because of cutbacks, and at the moment I am looking for a paid job.
A number of years ago I saw in an announcement that the Concertzender was looking for program makers. I wanted to continue making programs for radio. What I liked about it, was the complete freedom in picking music, and the fact that you were able to broadcast complete compositions. This should really go without saying. Not a little bit of this and a part of that… I don’t have a real mission, but when I’m able to introduce the listener to unfamiliar music, my programming makes sense.”
The program ‘De Vorige Eeuw’ on Tuesdays 20 and 27 November (16.00 to 17.00 CET) will be devoted to Charles Koechlin. I have programmed premières of his works for ensemble.”
It also allows for microtonal music: the ondes martenot’s octave may be divided into 50 steps, much more than the 12 a piano keyboard offers. The instrument has a range of seven octaves and the volume can be adjusted from inaudible to fortississimo. It also features ‘stops’ to change the timbre. Its performer is called an ‘ondist’ .”
Photography is a passion I share with Koechlin. It has become much more than a hobby for me. In a couple of years there may be an exhibition of my work, mainly landscapes. Music and photography are just as important to me now, as they were to Koechlin.
And I also enjoy visiting museums and read poetry or novels.”
or» send an e-mail to Leendert de Jonge for a lecture
Special offer: Vredenburg gives a discount on concert tickets
Vredenburg, one of our partners, offers a discount on concert tickets every month. This offer is only open to readers of the Concertzender news letter. On Sunday 11 November you are given a discount on a concert in the Sunday Afternoon Jazz series featuring the Hans Mantel Trio & Ferdinand Povel.
Hans Mantel (on the left in the picture) is a seasoned jazz fan and expert. Special guest is saxophonist Ferdinand Povel, winner of the VPRO Boy Edgar Prijs 2011 (the major Dutch jazz award). Povel (on the right) is of great importance to Dutch jazz, not only as a saxophonist, but also as a teacher.
» order your tickets on Vredenburg.nl and use the offer code 4262.Order soon, while stocks last!
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