Dutch composers are well thought of internationally. Under the direction of Antony Hermus, the Concertgebouworkest is juxtaposing works by Dutch composers written forty years ago with new works by young composers. Harpist Remy van Kesteren and percussionist Dominique Vleeshouwer act as additional home-grown tastemakers. Soprano Katrien Baerts is of Flemish descent and will perform works by Strauss and Reger.
The Dutch compositional world is in flux, as is the Concertgebouworkest itself. Forty years ago Flexio, a work composed by Theo Loevendie for the Concertgebouworkest, was considered too demanding, while the orchestra performed Keuris’s Movements, denounced as being too conservative, on tour. These days, the young composers Celia Swart and Bram Kortekaas – the latter looks back on the disputes between the Notenkrakers (Nutcrackers) action group and the Concertgebouworkest in 1970 – have no qualms about drawing on a range of musical traditions and on new media in equal measure. Louis Andriessen influenced generations of young composers all over the world. This programme features his playful Tapdance for percussion and ensemble.
The Concertgebouworkest is being led by the Dutch conductor Antony Hermus. Three successful Dutch soloists are sharing the stage with the orchestra. Harpist Remy van Kesteren, himself a composer, will be performing a new work by Celia Swart with the orchestra, and soprano Katrien Baerts will be singing a commissioned work by Bram Kortekaas. Not to mention Andriessen’s Tapdance, in which percussionist Dominique Vleeshouwer performs as soloist.
Celia Swart's Reflection and Identity and Bram Kortekaas new work have been made possible with support of the Performing Arts Fund NL.