sunday 15 november 2015| 15:00 |amsterdam | amstelkerk
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New European Ensemble with Thomas Beijer piano
Chamber music with Spanish influences.
José María Sánchez-Verdú Kitab 3
Maurice Ravel Sonatina (arr. by Jacob Kellermann)
Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco Guitar Quintet
Joaquín Turina Piano Quartet
Federico mompou piano works
Manuel de Falla piano works
about the programme
The Amstelkerk, right in the heart of Amsterdam, is a wonderful venue for chamber music with marvellous acoustics. In the sunday afternoon concert series NEuE presents with guest pianist Thomas Beijer a colourful programme with chamber music that is inspired by Spain, a country where for centuries so many different cultures have flourished. The contemporary composer José Maria Sánchez-Verdú is a pupil of Franco Donatoni and strongly inspired by Jewish mysticism. His works are performed by leading orchestras and new music ensembles. Joaquín Turina evokes flamenco and music from Andalusia in his piano quartet. The pianist Thomas Beijer presents solo pieces by Mompou and De Falla as well.
According to many, no composer has captured the flavours of Spain better than Maurice Ravel. Jacob Kellermann, the ensemble’s guitar player, arranged Ravel’s Sonatina for flute, viola and guitar. The Italian composer Mario Castelnuovo Tedesco was also fond of Spanish music, to which he paid a fitting tribute with his quintet for guitar and strings.
New European Ensemble is supported by Fonds Podiumkunsten (from 2017) and the city of The Hague