Newsletter May 2017
You should be able to hear the music of life all around you; but most people hear only the dissonance.
Theodor Fontane (German writer of ballads, novels and reviews, 1819 – 1898)
The prize this month is the CD Transitions by the pianist Olga Pashchenko.
On this CD she plays works by Dussek, Beethoven and Mendelssohn on fortepiano. The winner will be chosen from the entrants with the correct answer to our competition question.
The correct answer to last month's question was: Benjamin Britten wrote The War Requiem for the consecration of the new cathedral in Coventry on 30 May 1962. The winner was Christien Hidding. Congratulations, your prize is on its way!
Composer of the Month: Darius Milhaud (1892 - 1974)
As you may already know, the Concertzender selects a composer each month and broadcasts a number of extra programmes to highlight his or her work. The composer is first introduced in a programme from 18:00 to 19:00 CET on the first Tuesday of the month. This programme has been presented by Agnes van der Horst for many years, but she has decided that it is now time to hand over the programme to a new presenter.
Emanuel Overbeeke will take over in June. Emanuel is a musicologist, as is Agnes, and has published a number of weighty tomes in the past. If you should visit Utrecht, you may also find him in his record store Boudisque, where he will willingly share his knowledge with you if you are in need of some advice.
We wish Emanuel success with his work for the Concertzender.
Programmes featuring music by Darius Milhaud, the composer of the month in May:
Acoustic Roots: Dieter van der Westen
On Friday 12th May 2017 our guest in Acoustic Roots is Dieter van der Westen. He will be in the atmospheric basement of de Kargadoor in Utrecht for a performance and interview.
Dieter van der Westen is a Dutch singer-songwriter, composer and music producer. Early in 2016 his second solo album, Old Oak Tree, was released.
Dieter has a strong preference for using acoustic instruments in his music. His texts are sometimes associative and partly autobiographical, the melodies are simple and pure. His last CD, Old Oak Tree, consists of ten new tracks with his own material. The style could be described as ‘Americana with a hint of world music’. For the presentation of his new album Dieter plays duets with a number of musicians who collaborated in the making of the album.
From the recording department
The Concertzender can be found at many festivals and concerts in the Netherlands. Here is a small selection from the recordings we have made recently.
We were at the Rewire Festival in The Hague, a festival for fans of electro-acoustic music. In Den Bosch we made recordings at the FAQ festival for experimental music.
Technician Cees Sterrenburg was making recordings last month at the Slide Factory festival, a festival for trombone music in Rotterdam. A festival with exceptional musicians and a special public. Although the sounds made by all those brass players exercising their embouchures all day took some getting used to!
The Concertzender was also present at the Cultural Sunday on 23 April in Utrecht. We recorded a concert by the legendary Instant Composers Pool Orchestra in a basement on the Oude Gracht.
New series: Masumi Nagasawa and her unusual harps
Programme maker Cassandra van Agt seeks out the lesser-known subjects. Recently she has produced a series about Chopin's music played on original instruments and a series about the Liège Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
Starting from Tuesday 23 May, on every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month, from 18:00 to 19:00 CET, she will be presenting a series about the Japanese-Dutch harpist Masumi Nagasawa. She will be playing harp music from the 18th and 19th century on authentic instruments from the period. It promises to be another series full of surprises.
You can also hear Masumi Nagasawa playing live at the Wonderfeel festival. For more information visit her website
First broadcast: Tuesday 23 May, 18:00 CET, click here to listen to the programme
A concert for Friends of the Concertzender in Museum Speelklok with music by Schubert
Are you a Friend of the Concertzender? If so, you will soon receive a letter with an invitation to our annual concert for our Friends.
This year the concert will take place in Museum Speelklok in Utrecht on 22 June at the end of the afternoon. You will be able to listen to a programme with music by Schubert surrounded by the museum's wonderful collection of street organs, musical clocks, music boxes and other self-playing instruments.
The programme is almost complete and will feature Pauline Verburg (voice), Evert Jan Nagtegaal (voice), Willem Brons (piano) and Geoffrey Madge (piano). All of these performers also make or present programmes for the Concertzender, as well as working as professional musicians.
If you are already a Friend, note the date in your diary, Thursday 22 June. If you are not yet a Friend, it is not too late, you can register here and can be at the concert!
The next newsletter from the Concertzender will appear in June.
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