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Composer of the month

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In hthe wake of the revival of Hendrik Andriessens De spiegel uit Venetië (The mirror of Venice) we have proclaimed the father of Jurrian e& Louis Andriessen our COmposer of the Month. There is also attention on his first opera, Philomela, which we will shortly add to our downlaod programme, along with the 1967 recording of The mirror of Venice.

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Opera of the month

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Haarlem Opera en Stichting Andriessen/De Klerk brengen op 26-27 september in de Stadsschouwburg Haarlem de eerste scènisch opvoering van hendrik Andriessens televisieopera. Een komedie rondom Dirk Sweelinck die drost P.C. Hooft en zijn snobische Muiderkliek inclusief diens vrouw en Maria Tesselschade en lesje wil lezen op het Muiderslot. Het bevalt hem namelijk niet dat ze hem eerst geen blik waardig keurden, maar nu hij met roem overladen uit Italië terugkeert wil iedereen hem plots horen spelen. Met geluidsfragmenten uit de 1967 opname!

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401Concerts 4 (Composers v/d Maand)

 

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18 December 2016, 401Concerts 4 live in the OBA Concert Hall The Hague, with opera arias & duets from the archives of the Nederlands Muziek Instituut. Soprano Barbara Schilstra, tenor Hendrik Vonk, bass-baritone Andreas Goetze and the 401DutchOpera Choir under Frits Muusse and pianist Wolter Willemsen shall perform arias and duets from Cornelis Dopper's De blinde van Casteel Cuillé (1894), Willem Landré's De roos van Dekama (1896), Daniël de Lange's Lioba (1906), Jan van Gilse’s Helga von Stavern (1911), Gerard von Brucken Fock's Jozal (1912), Emile von Brucken-Focks Seleneia (1914), Julius Röntgen's De lachende Cavalier (1918), Jan Brandts BuysDie Schneider von Schönau (1916) and Richard Hageman's Caponsacchi (1932). A unique programme with modern day creations. Caponsacchi is the only Dutch opera ever performed at the Metropolitan Opera New York. Lioba is on text by the celebrated Dutch author Frederik van Eeden, De roos van Dekama is after Jacob van Lennep. Röntgen and Dopper are composers known from the golden balustrade of the Concertgebouw. The Helga von Stavern and Jozal duets are absolute world premières! Downloadable from december 20.

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Daniël de Lange: Lioba (Opera van de maand)

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In the wake of 401Concerts 4 in the OBA Concert Hall The Hague (Spui), December 18 2016, our opera of the month is Daniël de Lange's dramatic scène Lioba (1906). De Lange envisioned Lioba as his ulimate masterpiece, which could no longer be a mere formula work as his youth-opera The Fall of Kuilenburg. Lioba was crafted along the highest possible artistic standards. The text was a selection from the famous scène by Frederic van Eeden and unexpectedly old De Lange manifested himself as a revolutionary (anti-)dramatic composer alongside, say, Satie!! The premières in The Hague and elsewhere met with public acclaim but,  except for one, the reviews were among the most devastating ones in all Dutch musical history. De Lange's colleague 'composer-critics' either did not understand him or they had some scores to settle with him. Either way, they were effective: nothing more was heard of Lioba until the intimate introduction was revived at 401Concerts 3. This beautiful piece prompted us to bring the apex of the duet between Sancolf and Lioba in 401Concerts 4, with Barbara Schilstra as Lioba and Hendrik Vonk as Sancolf. Download from 20 December onwards.

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401Concerts 2 Vlaamse opera highlights

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On January 27 2016 soprano and baritone Joris Grouwels appeared in a unique concert with forgotten Flemish opera excerpts in Museum Vleeshuis, Antwerp. Performed were  arias and duets from once famous operas by August De Boeck, Jan Blockx, Emiel Wambach, Armand Limnander Van Nieuwenhove en François-Auguste Gevaert. In coproduction with the artists, 401DutchOperas filmed and recorded the concert. This can be download as 401Concerts Nr. 2.

 

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Jan van Gilse: Helga von Stavern

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Because of his opera Thijl (1940) Jan van Gilse now counts as The Netherlands's most important opera composer but he would not find recognition until 35 years after his tragic death in 1944. His first opera Helga von Stavern failed to make it to any stage because of the bizarre Marxist-political libretto. 401Concerts 4 (18 December 2016 in the OBA Concert Hall The Hague - Spui) will bring the reprise of Helga's monologue 'Ist es denn wahr?', in which the Götterdämmerung Brünnhilde blends with Elektra. Additionally we will bring the world premiere of the final duet between Haron and Helga, with bass-baritone Andreas Goetze and soprano Barbara Schilstra. Helga's monologue from the earlier concert is available  in the creation of Jolien De Gendt via 401Concerts 3 download. The creations of Schilstra and Goetze shall be made available as 401Concerts 4 download from December 20 onwards.

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Vlaams Opera Symposium

LogoSympIn December 2015 a special symposium on past and future of Flemish operas was organized in the Ghent Opera, focusing the rise of Flemish opera in 1840 to the fin de siècle works by Jan Blockx, Emiel Wambach and Paul Gilson. Lecturers were Adelheid Ceulemans, Jan Dewilde and Johanna Ferket. Following a panel discussed the sense or nonsense of reviving the best operas of BlockxWambach or Paul Gilson today. This resulted in a heated discussion!

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Ignace Lilien • Beatrijs

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Polish-Dutch composer Ignace Lilien (1867-1943) scored one of the greatest successes in Dutch operatic history, with Beatrijs (1928). We wil perform some of its most impressive excerpts at the very first 401DutchOperas live concert of April 26, 2015, in Hoog-Keppel. Among these excerpts the exuberant central duet Beatrijs–Gratiaan stands out.

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Gerard von Brucken Fock: Jozal

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On 18 December 2016 401Concerts 4 will bring the reprise of the tenor-monologue from Gerard von Brucken Fock's Jozal (1911), followed by the conclusion of the Act II duet between Jozal and Asdé (the beginning was performed at 401Concerts 3). The location of the December concert is the OBA Concert Hall in The Hague (Spui). Von Brucken Fock's opus magnum was far to extreme, bizar and revolutionary to be performed in its time. This was one of the many dissapointment that Von Brucken Fock had to endure in a life that was determined by extreme artistic and religious ideals. Take Jozal: he once firmly believed that it would succeed where Wagner's Parsifal had failed, in reforming the world! Von Brucken Fock, mostly renowned as a Chopin/Liszt follower, surprised also in his revolutionary music for Jozal. In it his romantic musical concepts of ere clash wildly with free tonality and sound clusters for which the name has yet to be found! In musical terms Jozal is overwhelming and often unique! Jozal's monologue and the beginning of the anti-love duet en Jozal/Asdé are downloadable in the 401Concerts 3 creation of Denzil Delaere and Jolien De Gendt. During 401Concerts 4 tenor Hendrik Vonk and soprano Barbara Schilstra shall perform the conclusion of this phenomenal duet. Available as download from 20 december onwards.

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François-Auguste Gevaert

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Remembered mostly as director of the Brussels Conservatory and for his theoretical publications, François-Auguste Gevaert is slowly regaining some of his former stature as as a composer. In 2015 the Brussels Conservatory performed his Offenbach-like opera Le capitaine Henriot (preserved by us on film) and we present highlights from his most famous opera, Quentin Durward, sung by baritone Joris Grouwels and soprano Pauline Lebbe. 401DutchOperas released the video as download under 401Concerts Nr. 2.

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Gevaert: Quentin Durward

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Gevaert's opera Quentin Durward was premiered at the Paris Opéra-Comique in 1858. It spread to Belgium, Sweden, Germany, Switserland and The Netherlands. On a libretto by Eugène Cormon & Michel Carré after Walter Scott, the opera is considered Gevaert's masterpiece. We filmed these highlights at the concert of Joris Grouwels and Pauline Lebbe in Museum Vleeshuis, Antwerp. They are a valuable extension of the currently available repertoire from the Opéra-Comique of those days and available for download under 401Concerts Nr. 2.

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Limnander van Nieuwenhove

WebLogoLimnanderThe Flemish composer Armand Limnander van Nieuwenhove conquered Paris in 1847 with his opéra-comique Les Monténégrins. Meyer- beer respected him, Auber copied him, yet his name fell into complete oblivion. Recently soprano Pauline Lebbe sang an aria from De Nieuwenhove's opéra-comique Le Maître-Chanteur from 1853 (post Wagner's work renamed into Maximilien à Francfort). 401DutchOperas was there to capture this precious moment on film.

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UNIQUE VIDEO DUTCH OPERA ARIAS CONCERT

ConcertFrrontThe video and audio downloads of the April 26, 2015, 401DutchOperas Concert are now available here. They include stunning performances of arias and duets from Dutch and Flemish operas. Participating are soprano Jolien De Gendt, tenor Denzil Delaere, and pianist Pieter Dhoore. Performed were duets and arias from operas by Ten Cate, Van Bree, Von Brucken-Fock, Brandts-Buys, Eckert, Lilien, Jan Rijken, Harry Mayer, De Pauw, and Miry.

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