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13 October 2019 | 10:00 am | Leuven
Festival 20/21 Bach and Berio

‘Free solo’ is a mountaineering term for the art of climbing a steep rock wall without any form of safety gear. This three-concert day is its musical equivalent. On the one hand are the six Suites for Cello Solo by Johann Sebastian Bach, the embodiment of musical simplicity and serenity. On the other hand are the fourteen Sequenzas by the Italian composer Luciano Berio, written between 1958 and 2002 for a diverse range of instruments. All of these pieces explore the outer limits, for both the instruments and performers. Come hear old and new, in a continuous dialogue between simplicity and complexity, heaven and earth, life and death. In short, you’ll have a dazzling musical adventure.

> 9:00-9:45 INTRO 1 Ignace Bossuyt: Johann Sebastian Bach

> 10:00-11:30 CONCERT 1: Suites 2 & 4 / Sequenza’s I-VI

> 13:30-14:15 INTRO 2 Mark Delaere: Luciano Berio

> 14:30-17:00 CONCERT 2: Suites 6 & 1 / Sequenza’s VII-X

> 19:00-21:30 CONCERT 3: Suites 3 & 5 / Sequenza’s XI-XIV

Festival 20/21 Bach and Berio
13 October 2019 | 10:00 am
Schouwburg 30CC | Leuven
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15 October 2019 | 8:30 pm | The Hague
Literary Salon – Shakespeare

Every month from October to May we play a special literary salon in The Hague and Amsterdam. Each night we combine music with literature and poetry and live music. Each night is put together for only two performances in two small theaters.

William Shakespeare’s sonnets are among the most iconic poems on love, loss and death in the English language. A selection of his finest sonnets are combined with 20th century English works by Britten and Clarke, including Britten’s highly varied Suite no. 3 for solo cello and his Elegy for viola solo.

 

Texts: William Shakespeare

Music: Benjamin Britten, Paul Hindemith, Witold Lutowlawski and Rebecca Clarke

Reader: Alexander Oliver

Musicians: Emlyn Stam – viola, Willem Stam – cello

Literary Salon – Shakespeare
15 October 2019 | 8:30 pm
Theater Branoul | The Hague

30 October 2019 | 8:15 pm | The Hague
The World of Mark Anthony Turnage

The New European Ensemble presents a wide-ranging portrait of one of the U.K.’s most iconic composers Mark Anthony Turnage. The ensemble will premiere his new violin concerto Romanian Rhapsody written for violinist Vlad Maistorovici and the ensemble as well as his epic monodrama Twice Through the Heart with alto Carina Vinke. The ensemble will also perform works by two of Turnage’s most important mentors the late Oliver Knussen and Hans Werner Henze

MUSICIANS

Conductor – Jonathan Berman

Violin – Vlad Maistorovici

Alto – Carina Vinke

PROGRAM

Hans Werner Henze – Sonata from l’amour mort

Oliver Knussen – Processionals

Mark Anthony Turnage – Romanian Rhapsody (world premiere)

Mark Anthony Turange – Twice Through the Heart

The World of Mark Anthony Turnage
30 October 2019 | 8:15 pm
Nieuwe Kerk | The Hague
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31 October 2019 | 8:15 pm | Amsterdam
The World of Mark Anthony Turnage

The New European Ensemble presents a wide-ranging portrait of one of the U.K.’s most iconic composers Mark Anthony Turnage. The ensemble will premiere his new violin concerto Romanian Rhapsody written for violinist Vlad Maistorovici and the ensemble as well as his epic monodrama Twice Through the Heart with alto Carina Vinke. The ensemble will also perform works by two of Turnage’s most important mentors the late Oliver Knussen and Hans Werner Henze

 

Conductor – Jonathan Berman
Violin – Vlad Maistorovici
Alto – Carina Vinke

PROGRAM

Hans Werner Henze – Sonata from l’amour mort
Oliver Knussen – Processionals
Mark Anthony Turnage – Romanian Rhapsody (world premiere)
Mark Anthony Turange – Twice Through the Heart

The World of Mark Anthony Turnage
31 October 2019 | 8:15 pm
Muziekgebouw aan het IJ | Amsterdam
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7 November 2019 | 9:00 pm | Den Bosch
DJ Gabriel Prokofiev

DJ and curator of nonclassical concerts Gabriel Prokofiev will create a concert performance with us by mixing his own electronic improvisations on three works performed by the ensemble. New European plays Steve Reich’s pullitzer prize winning Double Sextet as well as new works by Italian composer Carlo Boccadoro and Prokofiev in what promises to be an upbeat evening of driving minimal beats.

PROGRAM

Gabriel Prokofiev – New work (world premiere)

Carlo Boccadoro Primo Taccuino dell’ombra e della Luce

Steve Reich – Double Sextet

 

DJ Gabriel Prokofiev
7 November 2019 | 9:00 pm
Verkadefabriek - Clubzaal | Den Bosch
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19 November 2019 | 8:30 pm | The Hague
Literary Salon – Tolstoy’s Kreutzer Sonata

Leo Tolstoy’s classic novella the Kreutzer Sonata – a story of love, jealousy and revenge – inspired Janáček to write his unruly String Quartet no.1.  An abridged version of the story together with the quartet and additional musical material by composer Mihkel Kerem weaves all of these elements together into a monodrama for narrator and string quartet.

Text: Leo Tolstoy (English)

Music: Leoš Janáček – String Quartet no.1 ‘Kreutzer Sonata’

Concept: Mihkel Kerem

Actor: Drew Santini

Musicians: Mihkel Kerem, Rada Ovcharova violins, Emlyn Stam viola, Willem Stam cello

Literary Salon – Tolstoy’s Kreutzer Sonata
19 November 2019 | 8:30 pm
Theater Branoul | The Hague

23 November 2019 | 8:15 pm | Amsterdam
2 ensembles; 2 organs

New European Ensemble joins forces with the Quasars Ensemble from Slovakia to present two new works for double ensemble and organs by Ivan Buffa and Giuliano Bracci. The program includes Bruno Mantovani’s spectacular Si près, si loin for double ensemble and 2 pianists as well as contemporary works by Carlo Boccadoro and Jana Kmitova.

MUSICIANS

New European Ensemble

Quasars Ensemble (Slovakia)

Ivan Buffa – conductor

Bert Mooiman organ

PROGRAM

Carlo Boccadoro – Primo Taccuino Dell’Ombra e Della Luce

Jana Kmitova – Kamea

Giuliano Bracci – Organ Concerto New work (world premiere)

Ivan Buffa – Organ Converto New work (world premiere)

Bruno Mantovani – Si Pres Si loin

2 ensembles; 2 organs
23 November 2019 | 8:15 pm
Orgelpark | Amsterdam

17 December 2019 | 8:30 pm | The Hague
Literary Salon Heine – Deutschland ein Wintermärchen

Heinrich Heine’s Deutschland ein Wintermärchen is a satirical epic detailing his journey from Paris to Hamburg during the winter of 1843. The work was censored after its publication because of its anti-German language and satirical, political caricatures. Robert Schumann’s Märchenerzählungen are similarly witty and satirical as is György Kurtág’s Hommage à R. Schumann inspired by his predecessors piece for clarinet, piano and viola.

Texts: Heinrich Heine (German)

Music: Robert Schumann and György Kurtág

Actor: Jan Hellberg

Musicians: James Meldrum – clarinet, Shuann Chai – piano, Emlyn Stam – viola

Literary Salon Heine – Deutschland ein Wintermärchen
17 December 2019 | 8:30 pm
Theater Branoul | The Hague

21 January 2020 | 8:30 pm | The Hague
Literary Salon Rimbaud – Een seizoen in de hel

Arthur Rimbaud’s Une Saison en enfer was written in a rundown farmhouse on the French-Belgian border in 1873. The poet was heavily under the influence of absinthe, opium and alcohol, which explains the often hallucinatory and personal character of the texts. Rimbaud’s wide-ranging texts are paired with the exploratory music of Berio, Saariaho and Gubaidulina who all sought out new sound worlds and colours in their works for flute, harp and viola.

 

Texts: Arthur Rimbaud

Music: Luciano Berio, Kaija Saariaho, Sofia Gubaidulina

Actor: Bas Maassen

Musicians: Felicia van den End – flute, Astrid Haring – harp, Emlyn Stam – viola

Literary Salon Rimbaud – Een seizoen in de hel
21 January 2020 | 8:30 pm
Theater Branoul | The Hague

29 January 2020 | 7:30 pm | The Hague
Opera Melancholica

Co-production with OPERA2DAY and Scapino Ballet Rotterdam

OPERA2DAY and the New European Ensemble welcome you at the anatomical theatre of the human mind. Through cinematic minimal music by composer Philip Glass and a story by the ‘Master of the Macabre’ Edgar Allan Poe you will be presented with fantastic visions and horrifying delusions live at the theatre. The production focuses on the Dutch première of Glass’s compelling opera in two acts ‘The Fall of the House of Usher’, with a libretto by Arthur Yorinks based on Poe’s story. The piece portrays the melancholiac Roderick Usher and his twin sister Madeline, who in this production is portrayed by both a soprano and a female dancer. We will immerse you in Usher’s melancholia and show you all corners of the human mind: Opera Melancholica.

Melancholia is a human trait. We harbour lucid dreams of a better world and life after death. These can be overwhelming experiences, but we pay a price for such ideals when we have returned to harsh reality. That is, if we can find our way back….

Music: Philip Glass, The Fall of the House of Usher (Netherlands Premiere)

Concept and Stage direction: Serge van Veggel

Conductor: Carlo Boccadoro

CAST

PHYSICIAN-DIRECTOR Rene M. Broeders

RODERICK Santiago Burgi / Georgi Sztojanov

WILLIAM Drew Santini

MADELINE (voice) Lucie Chartin / Emma Fekete

MADELINE (dance) Ellen Landa (Scapino Ballet Rotterdam)

PHYSICIAN Georgi Sztojanov

Opera Melancholica
29 January 2020 | 7:30 pm
Royal Theatre | The Hague

1 February 2020 | 8:15 pm | Leiden
Octets in Leiden

The German composer Jörg Widmann was inspired by Schubert’s beloved octet to write a work for the same unique instrumental setting that balances the warmth of the clarinet, bassoon and horn with five strings. The vast structure and refined instrumental dialogues in Schubert’s work ensure its place as one of the masterpieces of the chamber music repertoire.

PROGRAM

Jörg Widmann – Octet

Franz Schubert – Octet D 803

Octets in Leiden
1 February 2020 | 8:15 pm
Aalmarktzaal | Leidse Schouwburg | Leiden
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2 February 2020 | 2:20 pm | Leiden
02022020 Space

In honor of this unique date the New European Ensemble is partnering up with composers and performers around the globe to present live and streaming concerts every hour over the course of 24 hours for each of the world’s time zones. Each piece explores the nature of time and space, past, present and future.

Works include:

14:20 – New work by Lam Lai

15:35 – Parallel worlds mapping by Tak-Cheung Hui

16:20 – New works by Graham Flett, Lise Morrison and Germaine Sijstermans

02022020 Space
2 February 2020 | 2:20 pm
Scheltema | Leiden

18 February 2020 | 8:30 pm | The Hague
Literary Salon – Die Verwandlung von Kafka

Kafka’s The Metamorphosis tells the grotesque story of a man who wakes up one day to find he has been transformed into a giant insect. Because he is unable to communicate or make his way in the world the man is locked into his room. Ligeti’s Horn Trio and Janacek’s On an Overgrown Path are juxtaposed with the melancholy and the struggle in Kafka’s story.

Texts: Franz Kafka (German)

Music: Leoš Janáček and György Ligeti

Actor: Hans Radlof

Musicians: Jose Sogorb Jover – horn, Bobby Mitchell – piano, Mihkel Kerem – violin

Literary Salon – Die Verwandlung von Kafka
18 February 2020 | 8:30 pm
Theater Branoul | The Hague

7 March 2020 | 8:30 pm | The Hague
Portrait – Anna Thorvaldsdottir

Anna Thorvaldsdóttir is one of today’s most recognizable compositional voices. Her works are full of instrumental colour combining intricate detail with a sense of great expansiveness. She has written a new work for the New European Ensemble which will be premiered alongside a new work by the Swedish composer Jesper Nordin who shares a similar stylistic fingerprint.

PROGRAM

Anna Thorvaldsdóttir – New work (world premiere)
Anna Thorvaldsdóttir – Ró
Anna Thorvaldsdóttir –Fields
Jesper Nordin – New work (world premiere)

Portrait – Anna Thorvaldsdottir
7 March 2020 | 8:30 pm
Nieuwe Kerk | The Hague
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12 March 2020 | 8:30 pm | The Hague
Literary Salon – Anne Frank 75 years after

March 2020 will mark 75 years since the tragic death of Anne Frank whose childhood diary has captured the world’s imagination. Readings from her iconic diary are paired with the works of Leo Smit and Marius Flothuis, both Dutch composers who were sent to the camps by the Nazis. Smit died in Soribor while Flothuis survived deportation to Sachsenhausen.

Texts: Anne Frank – Het Achterhuis (Dutch)

Music: Leo Smit, Marius Flothuis

Actor: Ellen van Rossum

Musicians: Felicia van den End – flute, Daan Treur – piano

Literary Salon – Anne Frank 75 years after
12 March 2020 | 8:30 pm
Theater Branoul | The Hague

3 April 2020 | 8:15 pm | The Hague
Stabat Mater

The New European Ensemble presents yearly concerts with Arvo Pärt’s stunning Stabat Mater around the Easter week. We pair this work with Pergolesi’s ornate, 18th century Stabat Mater and a new work by the young Canadian/Estonian composer Riho Maimets for piano trio.

MUSICIANS

Keren Motseri – soprano
Carina Vinke – alto
Georgi Sztoyanov – tenor

 

PROGRAM

Riho Maimets – Three Contemplations for piano trio
Arvo Pärt – Stabat Mater
Giovanni Battista Pergolesi – Stabat Mater

Stabat Mater
3 April 2020 | 8:15 pm
Nieuwe Kerk | The Hague

11 April 2020 | 2:00 pm | Amsterdam
Stabat Mater

The New European Ensemble presents yearly concerts with Arvo Pärt’s stunning Stabat Mater around the Easter week. We pair this work with Vivaldi’s energetic, baroque and operatic Stabat Mater.

MUSICIANS

Keren Motseri – soprano
Carina Vinke – alto
Georgi Sztoyanov – tenor

 

PROGRAM

Arvo Pärt – Stabat Mater
Antonio Vivaldi – Stabat Mater

 

 

Stabat Mater
11 April 2020 | 2:00 pm
Noorderkerk | Amsterdam
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17 April 2020 | 8:15 pm | Amsterdam
Fratres – Perspective on Pärt

This program chronicles Arvo Pärts evolution from the modernist, atonal composer of the Quintettino, through the invention of his own sound world in works like Fratres and Tabula Rasa to his In spe from 2010. His work is complimented with works by a new generation of Estonian composers Riho Maimets and Pärt Uusberg who have both been influenced by Arvo Pärt.

MUSICIANS

Hanna Shybayeva – piano
Rada Ovcharova – violin
Emlyn Stam – viola

PROGRAM

Arvo Pärt – Quintettino
Riho Esko Maimets – Three contemplations for piano trio
Arvo Pärt – Tabula rasa
Arvo Pärt – Pari intervallo
Arvo Pärt – Wenn Bach Bienen gezüchtet hätte
Arvo Pärt – In spe
Pärt Uusberg – Sounds Behind the Times
Arvo Pärt – Fratres

 

 

Fratres – Perspective on Pärt
17 April 2020 | 8:15 pm
Muziekgebouw aan het IJ | Amsterdam

21 April 2020 | 8:30 pm | The Hague
Literary Salon – Hemmingway

Hemingway’s The Old Man and the Sea is the story of a Cuban fisherman who struggles with a giant fish, while fishing out at sea. The work explores our fight to survive when life and death and humanity and nature are juxtaposed. The readings are paired with trumpet and piano music from the United States by Antheil and Bernstein as well as the humorous solo trumpet works by Dutch composer Louis Andriessen.

Text: Ernest Hemingway – The Old Man and the Sea (English)

Music: George Antheil, Leonard Bernstein, Louis Andriessen

Actor: Emlyn Stam

Musicians: Ryan Linham – trumpet, Daan Treur – piano

Literary Salon – Hemmingway
21 April 2020 | 8:30 pm
Theater Branoul | The Hague

19 May 2020 | 8:30 pm | The Hague
Literary Salon – Bernlef en muziek

Bernlef was one of the Netherland’s most distinguished poets. He had a special relationship to music and wrote numerous poems inspired modern composers and jazz musicians. Ravel’s violin sonata with its clear blues influence complements his texts and works by Kurtág, Satie and Schubert are played together with poems he wrote about their music.

 

Text: Bernlef (Dutch)

Music: Maurice Ravel, György Kurtág, Erik Satie, Franz Schubert

Actor: Roel Goudsmit

Musicians: Rada Ovcharova – violin, Daan Treur – piano

Literary Salon – Bernlef en muziek
19 May 2020 | 8:30 pm
Theater Branoul | The Hague

30 May 2020 | 2:15 pm | Amsterdam
Anna Sofie von Otter sings Saariaho

Kaija Saariaho’s La Passion de Simone takes its departure point from a text by the French, Jewish philosopher and mystic Simone Weil. Weil fled to England where she died while on a hunger strike in 1943, refusing food as long as her compatriots in France went hungry. Saariaho’s dramatic work is a full scale oratorio. The ensemble will be joined by the Netherlands Chamber Choir and star soprano Anna Sofie von Otter for this performance.

MUSICIANS

Anna Sofie von Otter – soprano
Christian Karlsen – conductor
Netherlands Chamber Choir
New European Ensemble 

PROGRAM

Kaija Saariaho – La Passion de Simone (Netherlands premiere of the chamber version)

Anna Sofie von Otter sings Saariaho
30 May 2020 | 2:15 pm
Concertgebouw | Amsterdam
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