In March 2020 the Villiers will release their seventh CD on the respected Lyrita Records label: String Quartets by William Alwyn. Alwyn was a prolific composer for British cinema in the 1940s and 50s, scoring films such as Swiss Family Robinson and The Fallen Idol. The Villiers Quartet offer Alwyn’s beautiful one-movement Quartet No. 9 – based on Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet – of which they have made the world premiere recording for Lyrita.
In collaboration with Oxford University and the British Library, the Villiers also continue their Delius Discovery project, which highlights the chamber music of Frederick Delius and offers fresh insight and interpretations of his compositions. The Villiers are proud to be a part of this cherished musical history and offer Delius in their upcoming programme.
Today Metamorphoses start their UK tour in Ilkley. Pianist Ilona Timchenko is at home with a new baby on the way. We are grateful that Elena Fischer-Dieskau could take over from Ilona.
UK Tour dates are:
17-2-2020 Bury St Edmonds
The performance Ten Songs of Change is a Concert Poem. It is based on the Yi Jing, the ancient Chinese book of wisdom, possibly the oldest book on the planet. Like other monuments of human culture, it was a cooperative effort spanning many centuries. The oldest ideas in the book were probably handed down by the elders of nomadic tribes. These early authors observed the stars and tides, plants and animals, various cycles of natural events, as well as patterns of relationship in families and societies, the practice of business, craft of government and the grim art of warfare and the eternal human dramas
of love, ambition, conflict and honour. And instead of creating a fixed chart of the cosmos, they put together a guide to the way things change: a fluid interconnected system of relations: the 8 trigrams and 64 hexagrams. My inspiration for the music came from the emotional aspects attributed to the eight trigrams, which form the basic elements in nature. During the process of writing the music, something special happened: the energy of each trigram I was composing the music for, appeared in various areas of my life. Having such tangible experience of the trigrams enabled me to transform the experience in a very direct way into music. The order of the trigrams presented in our performance forms an entire cycle of day and night, as each trigram also represents a specific time of day. We begin and end at nighttime. (Marion von Tilzer)
This week saw the release of a new stunningly beautiful album by Camiel Boomsma.
Two small portraits on classical radio4 Netherlands:
Upcoming concerts for Jean Johnson are:
22-9-2019 Lammermuire Festival (Messian Quartet)
28-9-2019 Linlithgow Arts Guild (with Steven Osborne)
12-10-2019 Balerno Music Festival Gala Concert
13-10-2019 Haddington, recital with Steven Osborne.
In May 2019 Camiel recorded a new Schubert/Liszt album titled “The Innermost Side” : Unfold.
It will be released on 14 September 2019, during a release party at the Concertgemaal in Amsterdam. The evening will be presented by Ab Nieuwdorp. This evening will also see a new première: Camiel’s docufilm The Innermost Side, with portraits of artists from all different arts about their search for the innermost side, the soul of arts.
The Rubens Consort is a flexible ensemble made up of world-class musicians who share friendship and a passion for chamber music. Rooted in the rich and refined tradition of the former Rubens Quartet, the leaders of the Consort interpret masterpieces for small and large ensembles from all periods in music history. The musicians of the Rubens Consort gratefully play on instruments on loan to them from the Dutch Music Instrument Foundation.
For the coming seasons they have planned two programmes:
Bach / Sitkovetsky
Five Stringquartets (opus 3, 8 and 9:1-3) in a series of two concerts, completed with Duet mit zwei obligaten Augengläsern (viola/cello)
De muziek is een klooster. Terwijl de openbare mening steeds brutaler echte kennis aan de laars lapt, verdiept een kleine groep uitverkorenen zich achter de schermen in het denken en voelen van begraven grootheden met recht van spreken. Daar zijn de pianisten, die na twee eeuwen, of bijna, Schubert en Chopin niet kunnen loslaten.