The many facets of Renée Fleming in recital at the Concertgebouw

Brahms/Schubert, et al: Fleming/Höll

At the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam on the 7th of February, 2019

A diva recital comes with big expectations – diva vocalism, diva artistry, diva gowns. At her Concertgebouw recital with pianist Hartmut Höll, soprano Renée Fleming fulfilled those expectations, but not the whole time.

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Funeral fun with Franui at the Holland Festival

Florian Boesch/Franui: Mahler/Schubert/Schumann et al.

Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ, Amsterdam, 21st June 2017


Innervillgraten, East Tyrol, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

A concert hall is the wrong venue for Franui. The “musicbanda” from East Tyrol belongs on a bandstand in a park or on a breezy pier. Their audience should be eating ice-cream and drinking beer instead of sitting quietly in the dark. Franui’s bittersweet folk arrangements of German art songs, with elements of jazz and klezmer, call up village fêtes, weddings and, especially, funerals.

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Daniele Gatti and the RCO make it official during showcase concert

Beethoven/Schubert/Mahler/Mozart/Respighi/Verdi: RCO/Gatti

Concertgebouw, 9th September 2016

“Love at first sight” is how Dutch culture minister Jet Bussemaker described the first encounter between Milanese conductor Daniele Gatti and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. As if officiating at a wedding, she sealed the union between the orchestra and its seventh chief conductor by presenting the maestro with a golden baton, previously owned by his predecessor Eduard van Beinum.


Decapitation of Lamoral, Count of Egmont in 1568

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Boesch and Quasthoff dissect the poet’s soul

Schubert/Schumann/Liszt: Florian Boesch, Thomas Quasthoff, Justus Zeyen

Concertgebouw, 23rd February 2016

Wandering in a mythical wood, a poet encounters a seductive sphinx. As he succumbs to her kisses, she shreds his body with her leonine claws. This grisly tale is the foreword to the third edition of Heinrich Heine’s best-selling poetry collection, Buch der Lieder, and it also preambled the all-Heine evening with baritone Florian Boesch in musical settings by Schumann, Schubert and Liszt. Thomas Quasthoff, retired singer but active performer, recited poems between the song sets.


Florian Boesch © Lukas Beck | Wiener Konzerthaus

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