Newsletter October 2018
This Concertzender news letter is full of exciting music news.
A special two part broadcast of AMERICAN HIGHWAYS about the legendary Kurt Weill performer Lotte Lenya.
Hot off the press: we're broacasting the first concert recordings of the EARLY MUSIC FESTIVAL 2018. We'd like to draw your attention specifically to a concert about the viola as solo-instrument.
And we're paying extra attention to the programme KAIROS, whose 100th edition we're broadcasting on 1st November. Compiler Wino Penris discusses how he works and his sources of inspiration.
We're sharing some information about ‘the unknown Rossini’, our composer of the month for November. And in ‘the Concertzender People’ you can get to know Angela Peters, one of our sound technicians.
Lots of reading and lisetening pleasure!
Dear Listeners, you’re very familiar with it: too much choice ! It can easily happen because of the overwhelming media choice at home. NPO, Spotify, Radio 4, Netflix all offer attractive small media chunks. And that doesn’t even include the less easily digestible fare: the longreads and the podcasts by NRC, the Correspondent and the Groene.
So what to do with your spare time? I have a solution for you even though it will cause you yet more choice stress: Lotte Lenya. We’re currently broadcasting a superb radio documentary about her. It’s a two part series and made by our American programme maker and pianist Guy Livingston.
Early Music Festival 2018 in Concertzender Live
On Thursday 25th October we’re kicking off with the first concert recordings of the Early Music Festival 2018 in Concertzender Live!
We start wth the concerts by the Huelgas Ensemble and Hamburger Ratsmusik, both made on 26th August 2018 in Utrecht.
French-Flemish polyphony and landscape
Recently a book was published called ‘The Landscape of the polyphonists – The World of the French-Flemish 1400-1600’, by Paul van Nevel. On Sunday 26th August Van Nevel and the Huelgas Ensemble played a concert illustrating that book. Central thesis: the imitation style of the Renaissance arose from the experience of the regional landscape during the composers childhoods.
Theme broadcast viola
In popularity the viola has to concede to the all powerful violin. But the deep rich sound of the instrument seduced more and more composers to write for the solo viola.
In contemporary music there are a number of jewels for the viola. The upper tones and rich harmonic sound spectrum of the viola can be used. The spacious and generous sound of the viola is exploited. Tip: at the end of November 2018 in Rotterdam the International Viola Congress is taking place.
On 24th October we’re broadcasting a theme-related programme about the viola.
Liszt Laureates live
Last year the South Korean Minsoo Hong won second prize at the 11th International Franz Liszt Pianoconcours. On Tursday 1st November he’ll be back in Tivoli Vredenburg for a special concert you can follow directly via the Concertzender.
The jury praised Minsoo Hong in 2017 for his enormous musicality, a pianist who’s not afraid to take risks. The laureate is bringing 2 other Liszt specialists: ...
100 Episodes of Kairos: a talk with Programmer Wino Penris
Thursday November 1 at 23.00, The Concertzender broadcasts the 1OOth episode of Kairos. The programme’s compiler, Wino Penris, calls Kairos “a meditation on contemporary music”.
Kairos episodes seem to be some sort of musical essays. How did you get that idea?
The unknown Rossini
At the start of the official opera season Gioachino Rossini (1792-1868) is composer of the month. In November Muziektheater is playing a series of performances of the Barber of Seville (1816). It’s Rossini’s most famous work and certainly not his only.
Rossini composed very rapidly, only needed 14 days for an opera and found one of his colleagues lazy because he needed 18 days for an equally large work. His oeuvre is both large and varied. Several pieces are well-known, particularly his operas and the Petite messe solennelle. A lot is less well-known and deserves better.
Prize question: 60x60x60
Guy Livingston is a contributor to the Concertzender. He’s also a pianist. He made a very special cd on which everything is connected to the number 60.
The recording consists of 60 compositions, written by 60 different composers who all wrote a piece lasting 60 seconds.
You can win the cd entitled ‘Don’t Panic’ if you can correctly answer the following question: What make of piano does Guy Livingston play on ‘Don’t Panic’?
The Concertzender People: Angela Peters
Angela Peters has been working for about a year as technician at the Concertzender on the Ganzenmarkt in Utrecht. On Wednesday afternoons she provides technical support for the live programme Concertzender Actueel.
“In Perth, Australië, I helped out at a radiostation. Back in the Netherlands I was looking for a nice radio station to do something technical. That’s how I came to work for the Concertzender.
I enjoy the live broadcasts such as Concertzender Actueel on Wednesday afternoons the most. That’s a real jewel among our programmes: live, very informative and often with guests who perform too.”
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