Newsletter December 2016
“I'm fascinated by musicians who don't completely understand their territory; that's when you do your best work.”
A new website!
Listeners to the Concertzender cannot have missed it: our website has changed. We had reached the limits of the old website. The new one already feels familiar and offers us many new possibilities for the future.
Director Sem de Jongh explains: “The new website was essential to be able to host the ConcertPodium. ConcertPodium is an online archive of concert recordings from various organisations such as Gaudeamus and the New Ensemble, all of whom have close relationships with the Concertzender. At the moment, these recordings are still being added to the site. The old site had been created more than 15 years ago and was no longer suitable for such a major addition, it was better to start again.”
This month you can win a CD with new music for cello and organ if you know the correct answer to our competition question.
The prize is the CD Seraph, with new music for cello and organ performed by cellist Christina Meißner and the organists Poul Skjøstrup Larsen and Reinhard Seeliger [Querstand VKJK 1429].
Last month's question was: Who was the composer of the concerts that inspired Bach
to write his Italian concertos?
Concert recordings in December: Christmas concerts
In the course of a year our technicians record around 250 concerts. This year they recorded 40 concerts during the Early Music Festival in Utrecht. These will be broadcast over the coming weeks on the Concertzender.
This year our regular technician Wijnand de Groot was not available, so we used technicians who could step in at short notice. Many thanks!
In December the Concertzender will be recording three Early Music Christmas concerts:
Christmas with Wishful SingingCombattimento and Wishful Singing: a sparkling combination for a delightful Christmas concert full of charming Christmas music by Charpentier from the French Baroque, the ‘Christmas concerto’ by Arcangelo Corelli, the famous Gloria by Antonio Vivaldi and a-capella arrangements of well-known christmas songs.
Harmonious: En Blanc et Noir - Noël Lee
This month we continue our series of five programmes about the work of the composer Noël Lee. The first episode was broadcast on Sunday 27 November.
Programme maker Evert Jan Nagtegaal was planning a visit to Paris in 2013 to make a recording together with his good friend the pianist/composer Noël Lee. However, Lee died suddenly immediately before this trip took place. The planned recording session was unfortunately replaced by a funeral service. Evert Jan was devastated after his trip to Paris but declared his intention to one day make a portrait about this very productive musician.Now, three years later, this intention has resulted in an impressive five-part series of programmes in which Evert Jan tells the story of Noël Lee's life.
In the last newsletter we announced our intention to give away two copies of the DVD Present to the Highest Pudding by Robert-Jan Stips. The responses were extremely enthousiastic, and simply "nostalgia" according to our recording engineer Kees van de Wiel.
One reader Wym van Noort responded with the following story: “I have been a fan of Supersister since I was a teenager and started buying LPs with my pocket-money. I bought all of the Supersister LPs and I still have them. One of them was the compilation: Superstarshine vol.3. This contains the B-side of the single The Groupies of the Band. Two female background singers can be heard on this track, but their names are not mentioned on the record cover.”
A surprising discovery“I met my current girlfriend in 2008. It was love at first sight because we had so much in common. For example, we were both musicians.”
Acoustic Roots: review of 2016
On Friday 16th December from 21:00 – 22:00 the makers of Acoustic Roots, Karin van den Boogaert, Carolien Cleiren and technician Hans, look back with great pleasure over a successful year in which they were able to welcome a number of very special guests in the Pieterskerk and the Kargadoor in Utrecht.
They'll play their personal favourite tracks and recount some background stories. It was a very international group from countries such as Iran, Syria, France, England, Turkey, Russia, Argentina, Lebanon and India.
From Pieternel to Kargadoor
In January and February the last two concerts took place in the old 16th century chapel de Pieternel in the Pieterskerk in Utrecht where Anass Habib and Babak-o-doestan were our guests.
Solta a Franga – a New Year's Eve party without borders
Solta a Franga on Friday evenings at 23:00 CET has been the place on the Concertzender for fans of exotic dance music since 2009. The programme's subtitle is 'A party without borders' and the DJs mix funky Afrobeat, explosive Balkan beats, hot Latin grooves, uplifting Oriental sounds and much more music from around the world. You can expect music from obscure old records alongside the latest releases.
We are again ending the year with out traditional night of Solta a Franga. The programme starts at 23:00 CET on Friday 30 December and continues into the morning of Saturday 31 December. Our DJs will be mixing together their favourite releases and most impressive discoveries from the last year. The regular team of DJ Safri, Bertú, Socrates, Rafadelic and Goldfinger will be joined by a number of guest DJs during the night.
The next newsletter from the Concertzender will appear in January.
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