In collaboration with the Netherlands Music Institute, Ciconia Consort brings a special Hague program with compositions by the legendary conductors Willem van Otterloo and Willem Mengelberg, who raised the Residentie Orchestra and the Concertgebouw Orchestra internationally to great heights in the 20th century. June 1st at the Nieuwe Kerk in The Hague…
Ciconia Consort and the Netherlands Music Institute have gathered manuscripts that were not previously published from the archive and publisher Donemus produced new editions of the works especially for this concert.
The Hague has a unique place in Dutch art history. Partly due to its position as a royal city and centre for international relations, art life in The Hague was the first to be open to international art movements such as rococo and art nouveau. Moreover, The Hague was the cradle of the innovative painters of the Hague School. Israëls, Mesdag and Weissenbruch have been influenced by French impressionism since 1860. And just like with writers such as Louis Couperus, composers were inspired by art and culture from the former Dutch East Indies. Constant van de Wall and Bernhard van den Sigtenhorst Meyer were influenced in their work by gamelan music.
Willem van Otterloo was the chief conductor of the Residentie Orchestra for many years. Both works of the program have only been heard once before. The famous Willem Mengelberg was the chief conductor of the Amsterdam Concertgebouw Orchestra in a music-loving The Hague, in the famous Diligentia concerts. His Sinfonietta for string orchestra was never fully performed in the Netherlands.
Orchestral works by Robert de Roos, who received composition lessons from Johan Wagenaar, Darius Milhaud and Sem Dresden, were regularly performed during his lifetime, especially by Willem van Otterloo with the Residentie Orchestra. After his death in 1976, his compositions were forgotten. His Sinfonia in due moti will have its world premiere on 1 June.
The Ciconia Consort gladly brings the public back to this heyday of classical music performance practice of The Hague in the 20th century and, in ‘070, music achtâh the dùine’, works together with Mengelberg-expert Frits Zwart, for some never before performed exclusive The Hague compositions.
The concert is presented by Maartje Stokkers. During the concert, she discusses with Frits Zwart the works and classical music performance practice of The Hague.
Frits Koeberg (1876-1961) – Serenata indarno
Willem van Otterloo (1907-1978) – Prelude, dans en epiloog voor klarinet en strijkorkest
Willem van Otterloo (1907-1978) – Passacaglia voor strijkorkest
Constant van de Wall (1871-1945) – Wajanglegende voor strijkorkest opus 25
Robert de Roos (1907-1976) – Sinfonia in due moti per orchestra d’archi wereldpremière
Willem Mengelberg (1871-1951) – Sinfonietta voor strijkorkest Nederlandse première