Andris Nelsons leads the Concertgebouw Orchestra in Marius Flothuis’ Cantus amoris. This performance of Cantus amoris was given in Flothuis’ memory to mark the 100th anniversary of his birth in October 2014.
The Dutch composer and musicologist Marius Flothuis wrote his Cantus amoris in 1978 after the death of his wife Roosje Voorzanger. It is composed for string orchestra, with a particularly important role for the violas: his late wife had played the viola. Flothuis’ music was always emotionally restrained and the audible emotion at the end of Cantus amoris is unique in his work. This performance of Cantus amoris was given in Flothuis’ memory to mark the 100th anniversary of his birth in October 2014.
Andris Nelsons made his debut with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in 2008 and now conducts the orchestra regularly. Nelsons studied with Alexander Titov in St. Petersburg and took private lessons with Mariss Jansons. Having conducted the Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie, the Latvian National Opera and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Andris Nelsons currently is music director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Gewandhausorchester in Leipzig.