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march 23 - 24|stabat mater |The hague & amsterdam


Part, pegolesi and harvey


It is a long-standing tradition in the Netherlands. At Easter time we visit en masse concerts with Bach’s St Matthew Passion. Even small villages host one or more performances with the participation of their local choirs. We tend to forget that in our time composers find inspiration in the Passion Week as well.


Around Easter we present a viable alternative during a tour in the Netherlands, a programme that we also have performed in the context of the AAA-series of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. We play Arvo Pärt’s Stabat Mater from 1985 and the setting of the same poem that Pergolesi completed exactly 250 years earlier.


Jonathan Harvey was deeply moved when he saw Matthias Grünewald’s Isenheimer Altarpiece. It inspired him to compose Death of Light – Light of Death, one of his most profound and moving masterpieces.

The New European Ensemble believes that new music cannot be separated from tradition and therefore we program concerts where new music and earlier music are imaginatively combined. Although a few eyebrows were raised last year when the combination with Part, Pergolesi/Bach and the Polish composer Henryk Górecki was performed, the public left wildly enthousiastic.

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New European Ensemble is supported by Fonds Podiumkunsten (from 2017) and the city of The Hague