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Ton Koopman turns 75 and ABO 40 years anniversary

24-09-2019 Ton Koopman turns 75 and ABO 40 years anniversary

Ton Koopman celebrates 75th birthday together with Johann Sebastian The renowned Ton Koopman is celebrating its 75th birthday this fall. Koopman is one of the last great early music pioneers of the first hour. Still as energetic as 40 years ago, when he founded his Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra (ABO), he and his ensemble are celebrating the achievement of this crown year. At the concert on October 4 in the Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ in Amsterdam of curse Johann Sebastian Bach will ...

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Camiel Boomsma's new album OUT NOW!

11-09-2019 Camiel Boomsma

Music has an inside, where one can find the essence. On this new album, Camiel Boomsma approaches every piece from this vision. He looks for the deepest, the invisible, the elusive - the innermost side of music. Pieces by Liszt and Schubert are coupled searching for a poetic dialogue of discretion and passion. Liszt’s music is like an unspoiled landscape. It’s raw, fragile, strong, uncontrolled, poetic and paradoxical. One of the very first works Camiel discovered was Vallee d’Obermann. When he ...

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Nino Gvetadze's album Visions- works by Cyril Scott

11-09-2019 Nino Gvetadze

Pianist Nino Gvetadze has been fascinated by the English composer Cyril Scott since she studied music in Tbilisi, and always had the idea that she would dive deeper into his music when she got the chance. That time is now, because with this new album she has given him a fantastic and unforgettable hommage. Let the Scott revival be a fact starting today! Composer Cyril Scott, has been described by Eugene Goossens as "the father of modern British music". He was admired ...

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New symphonic live album by Philippe Elan and Residentie Orkest conducted by Jurjen Hempel

24-07-2019 New symphonic live album by Philippe Elan and Residentie Orkest conducted by Jurjen Hempel

We are happy and proud to announce that we will release the new symphonic live album by Philippe Elan and Residentie Orkest conducted by Jurjen Hempel. The new album will be released on the 1st of November! More info to follow soon. Photo: RWFF/Rene Wouters Fotografie & Film

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Charlotte Haesen en Philip Breidenbach will release their EP on May 17!

19-04-2019 Charlotte Haesen en Philip Breidenbach will release their EP on May 17!

Singer Charlotte Haesen and guitarist Philip Breidenbach take the audience on a journey. In 'Autour du monde' the duo moves through different music styles with impressive virtuosity and playful ease. They skillfully combine original compositions and their own arrangements from well-known pieces to a timeless repertoire full of stories and emotions. On their new EP 'Autour du monde', the Dutch-French-Burundian singer Charlotte Haesen sings in four different languages. Together Charlotte and Philip talk about the struggle to find yourself (Wie ik ...

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Happy Birthday, Sigiswald Kuijken!

03-04-2019 Happy Birthday, Sigiswald Kuijken!

Sigiswald Kuijken has turned 75! He and his ensemble La Petite Bande will be playing the Matthaus Passion in the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, April 9th. On March 20th, Sigiswald was on Kunststof, a program on the Dutch radio 1. Listen to this broadcast here (in Dutch) Coming Sunday, April 7th, Sigiswald and his La Petite Bande will be live on Dutch television with Podium Witteman (18.10h - 19.10h, NPO 2).

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In memoriam Chris Ellis (1928-2019)

18-01-2019 In memoriam Chris Ellis (1928-2019)

Sad to announce that pioneer record producer, co-founder of Challenge Records, jazz classicist and singer Chris Ellis passed away in Hilversum (NL) near Amsterdam at the age of 90 this week. He was a big inspiration to us and he shall be missed! ELLIS, CHRISTOPHER REGINALD (CHRIS) was the son of Myrtle Roberts (formerly Ellis nee Orchard) and stepson of Trevor Victor Roberts.  Chris Ellis was educated at Shrewsbury’s Larcastrian School and Technical College and after army service worked in various local clerical ...

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Challenge Records official curator for Apple Music!

21-12-2018 Challenge Records official curator for Apple Music!

We are proud to announce that Challenge Records is now an official curator for Apple Music! Our curator page has been launched with already over ten playlists. ‘New Jazz Releases’ and ‘New Releases’ will be regularly updated with our newest releases for both Challenge Records and Challenge Classics. Our other playlists are based on moods, genres and instruments, such as 'Winter', 'Christmas', ‘Famous String Quartets’, ‘The Joy of Summer’ and ‘Classic Russia’. More playlists will be added! We want to share the ...

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The spirit of Christmas is here again!

14-12-2018 The spirit of Christmas is here again!

The spirit of Christmas is here again! And pianist Valentina Tóth gives us a very special musical gift. She sings the words of a well known Hungarian Christmas song which composer Ernő Dohnányi used in his 'Pastorale on a Hungarian Christmas Song' and she plays the piece as well! So we can enjoy Valentina playing AND singing. Happy Christmas! Watch the video through this link. Video edit and camera by Valentine Laout Recorded at Pauluskerk in Aldtsjerk Galerie Bloemrijk Vertrouwen in Aldtsjerk.  Paintings by Arthur Artos

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This week on NPO Radio 4 in Passaggio in their window, the new album of Aventure

04-12-2018 This week on NPO Radio 4 in Passaggio in their window, the new album of Aventure

This week on NPO Radio 4 in Passaggio in their window, the new album 'Totdat de wachter heeft gezongen' of Aventure - ensemble voor middeleeuwse muziek! Medieval music is like archeology, carefully reconstructed and also the imagination can do its magic! You can listen to this through this link.

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Isabelle van Keulen - two concerts in The Netherlands in January 2019

30-11-2018 Isabelle van Keulen - two concerts in The Netherlands in January 2019

In January, Isabelle van Keulen will give two concerts in The Netherlands! She will perform Martinu and Brahms string quintets together with the Prazak quartet. 9 January 2019 | Philharmonie Haarlem | More information 11 Januari 2019 | Muziekgebouw Eindhoven | More information Last month, we released a new album by Isabelle van Keulen. With this release - one of Challenge Classics highlights of 2018 - Isabelle van Keulen proves once again her skill and musical insight both as a violinist and as a violist. This ...

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Tonight: Aventure @ Opium

07-11-2018 Tonight: Aventure @ Opium

Tonight, Wednesday 7 November, Aventure will play on Opium Radio (22:30 - 00:00). The show will be broadcasted live from VondelCS, Vondelpark in Amsterdam. You can listen to this show through this link. About the new album (will be released on November 9th) The poems and songs of the Gruuthuse Manuscript originated in Bruges around 1400, and the collection is named after the later owner, Lodewijk van Gruuthuse. The songs form the most well-known part of the collection: love songs, bawdy songs and drinking ...

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