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Beethoven's Third Piano Concerto also separately available on one cd

16-06-2017 Beethoven

Of course you have spotted it already: the new 3-cd box with the complete piano concertos of Ludwig van Beethoven performed by pianist Hannes Minnaar, the Netherlands Symphony Orchestra and conductor Jan Willem de Vriend. The only thing that was missing, after the first two albums in this series, was the Third Piano Concerto, and now the recordings are complete and put together in a fine box, but the concerto is also available separately! Because of circumstances the production of this ...

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Debut album ''Interchange'' by the Floris Kappeyne Trio

02-06-2017 Debut album

We are proud to announce this young talented Dutch trio's debut album, Interchange. The album is out now!  The Floris Kappeyne Trio was set up in 2015 by the pianist. In the past two years, the trio consisting of separate Prinses Christina Concours winners (2012) has made audiences smile with their witty arrangements of old jazz standards. Next to winning the Prinses Christina Concours they are winners of the Gigstarter Talent Award 2016. This prize is part of the of the yearly Red Light District Jazz ...

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Hannes Minnaar plays Beethoven's Five Pianoconcertos

02-06-2017 Hannes Minnaar plays Beethoven

Over a period of three years, pianist Hannes Minnaar recorded all five of Ludwig van Beethoven's piano concertos together with The Netherlands Symphony Orchestra led by Jan Willem de Vriend. So far, two single volumes had been issued: one including Concertos Nos. 4 & 5, which was acclaimed by Gramophone as: "beginning a Beethoven cycle with the Fourth and Fifth Concertos is a bold move but one that pays off in all sorts of ways", and one volume including Concertos ...

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Wagner's overwhelming final opera available on BluRay and DVD

23-05-2017 Wagner

Pierre Audi's setting of Parsifal is undoubtedly the pinnacle of his series of Wagner operas with the Dutch National Opera. A cast of top soloists, accompanied by the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra led by Iván Fischer, presents the story of Parsifal's quest for the holy grail. This production, which is a collaboration between Audi and the renowned artist Anish Kapoor, had its premiere in 2012, and after a successful reprise in 2016 the video registration of this enthralling opera is now ...

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Album release tour Holland, April 2017 Tokyo’s Bad Boys

08-03-2017 Album release tour Holland, April 2017 Tokyo’s Bad Boys

In 2015 it was Joris’s turn to invite the Japanese saxophonist for concerts in Holland and Belgium, ‘a bombardment of speed, technique, emotion and surprise’, according to Jazznu. Shortly after these concerts Joris travelled to Japan again to go into a recording studio with a ‘dream team” from Tokyo. The album TOKYO’S BAD BOYS, released in September 2016 on the Challenge Records label, was received with enthusiasm and was followed by an extensive tour in Japan. Now is the time for ...

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Joost Lijbaart, Sanne Rambags and Bram Stadhouders: 'Under the Surface'

08-03-2017 Joost Lijbaart, Sanne Rambags and Bram Stadhouders:

In Under the Surface drummer Joost Lijbaart, singer Sanne Rambags and gitarist Bram Stadhouders search for the sound behind silence, in 11 improvisations resulting in a breathtaking meditative sound world! Concerts of the trio will be in Amsterdam on March 17 in Orgelpark, in Tilburg on March 26 in Nootstop and Eindhoven in Muziekgebouw Eindhoven on April 8 at the Blue Note Club sessions.

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New Music Friday with Trichotomy!

10-02-2017 New Music Friday with Trichotomy!

Trichotomy - Known-Unknown  The Australian trio Trichotomy returns with The Known and the Unknown on Challenge Records. In a distinct step into new territory electronic sounds merge with acoustic improvisations, while the complexity of their compositions and group improvisations are balanced by graceful melodies and rich harmonies. Vivid and bright, it is compelling listening. Inspired by a diverse range of influences from Aphex Twin to Vijay Iyer, and Tortoise to The Bad Plus, Trichotomy’s music combines a dense rhythmic focus with the melodic clarity ...

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''Luck Child'' by Fay Claassen

12-01-2017

With the album Luck Child a long-standing wish of jazz singer Fay Claassen is fulfilled. It is an ode to youth and beauty with a mix of old and new songs. This compilation album consists mostly of songs that she has been singing for many years but never recorded before. Famous and beloved songs by like Paul McCartney, Paul Simon, Burt Bacharach and Ennio Morricone are presented alongside new compositions by Paul Heller.  On her 8th solo album Fay Claassen again touches ...

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A heartfelt interview with Rob van de Laar and Thomas Beijer

28-12-2016 A heartfelt interview with Rob van de Laar and Thomas Beijer

Rob van de Laar, is the Principal Horn of the Mozarteum Salzburg. As a soloist first disc, he chose the great music of the German Romanticism for Horn. Brahms’ Trio was composed in 1865, during a peaceful summer at Clara Schumann’s house in the Black Forest. The album is available now and Rob van de Laar and pianist Thomas Beijergave a heartfelt interview about this beautiful debut album on Challenge Classics: here The Adagio and Allegro by Schumann was composed in ...

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Esther Apituley nominated!

15-12-2016 Esther Apituley nominated!

Esther Apituley, the ambassador of the Viola, is nominated with her album: Stirring stills: Bach for Viola for Bach album of 2016 by Concertzender Nederland!

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Rima Khcheich - Washwishni CD Release Tour

21-11-2016 Rima Khcheich - Washwishni CD Release Tour

After five successful albums combining classical repertoire with contemporary music she now recorded her latest album Washwishni with fifteen newly composed songs. She wrote most of the songs in collaboration with Lebanese artist and director Rabih Mroué and some of the compositions were specially written for her by Egyptian composer Fouad Abdel Majeed. The songs form an almost satirical comment on the concerns of the younger Arab generation such as immigration,religion, revolution and love. Tour dates: Vrijdag 25 november  // 20:30 // Amsterdam, de ...

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An interview with Ton Koopman about the Handel Cantata HWV 171a

16-11-2016 An interview with Ton Koopman about the Handel Cantata HWV 171a

In this video Ton Koopman is interviewed about his world premiere recording of Handel's Cantata “Tu fedel? tu costante?” HWV171a. This is a rediscovered Handel Cantata! Koopman tells the story of how the manuscript of this Cantata was found in his own private library. John Roberts (musicologist and Handel specialist) writes in the liner notes that come with the cd :"Lost music from Handel’s years in Italy rarely comes to light. So it was with considerable excitement that in 2015 I ...

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