Saturday, August 29, 2009
And there is already detailed review of Prom 58 here.
Monday, August 24, 2009
Labeque sisters, Photo by David Rose
Descriptive reviews from Guardian, The Independent, Evening Standard and Telegraph. As most often is seen, reviewers are more occupied by describing formal issues, than by denoting what new work problematizes in broader context of music and culture.
Hot discussion about "The Hague Hacking" developed on rec.music.classical.recordings Google Group. Although occasionally banal, it offers more contextualization than official reviews.
Sunday, August 23, 2009
A Very Sharp Trumpet Sonata
Chris Evans, trumpet
A Very Sad Trumpet Sonata (UK premiere)
Chris Evans, trumpet
Image de Moreau
Richard Uttley, piano
Alexandra Rahlina, violin
Bells for Haarlem
Richard Uttley [piano], Thomas Besnard [celesta], Catherine Ring [percussion]
Saturday, August 22, 2009
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
More about double piano concerto "The Hague Hacking" by Andriessen himself and the text by John Henken.
Saturday, August 8, 2009
"De Staat" performance of Nederlands Blazers Ensemble (Nederlands Wind Ensemble) conducted by Lucas Vis is on CD published in 2008 by the ensemble's own label NBElive. CD review by Liam Cagney is available here. The same crew will perform "De Staat" on August 28 in Royal Albert Hall, London.
On August 17th and August 28th The Proms feature two Andriessen's compositions in Royal Albert Hall, London.
Prom 43 programme
"Esa-Pekka Salonen makes his first Proms appearance as the Philharmonia’s new Principal Conductor.
The Labèque sisters return for their third and final appearance this season, (see Proms 1 & 32), to celebrate the 70th birthday of the Dutch composer Louis Andriessen with the UK premiere of his new concerto – partly inspired by a Tom and Jerry cartoon, partly by a hardcore brand of house music – which they and Salonen premiered in Los Angeles in January. (Andriessen’s 1970s classic De staat is performed in Prom 58.)
Dance drives the rest of the programme, from Falla’s fiery flamenco vision of a midnight exorcism to Ravel’s magical fairy-tale evocations and the relentless crescendo of his Boléro".
Prom 58 programme
"The Netherlands Wind Ensemble, 50 this year, marks the 70th birthday of radical Dutch Minimalist Louis Andriessen and the 50th of his leading British pupil Steve Martland with performances of Andriessen’s classic polemic De Staat and Martland’s jazz-rock ‘dance fantasia’ Beat the Retreat, commissioned by the BBC for its 1995 Purcell tercentenary celebrations.
Another former pupil of Andriessen, Cornelis de Bondt creates an idiosyncratic death ritual in Doors Closed out of a fusion between the funeral march from Beethoven’s ‘Eroica’ (Prom 25) and Dido’s Lament from Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas (Prom 76). Two of tonight’s works call for two or more pianos, in a nod to our Multiple Pianos celebration".