Douwe Eisenga – US premiere of ‘The Flood’

On November 8th the orchestra and choir of the Cornell University College will give the US Premiere of ‘The Flood, Requiem’. The work memorizes the victims of the flood in 1953 in ‘Zeeland’ a Dutch province…   

The Dutch composer Douwe Eisenga combines in his immediately convincing The Flood, Requiem the Latin tradition with modern texts and recognizable, sometimes medieval musical forms. A wealth of effective contrasts and relief in this music reminds sometimes to Verdi, the frenetic rythmic choire-pieces refer to the Carmina Burana. According to the Dutch press The Flood is an enchanting requiem.

The Flood, Requiem, a composition for alt, choir and orchestra, was written in 2001/2002 and premiered in 2003 as Requiem 1953 at the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the North Sea flood of 1953. The piece memorizes the victims of this inundation in the south west of Holland, where 1845 people drowned in the flood. The texts are taken from the Latin Mass for the death, Sea-elegy of Vasili Zjoekovski, poems of Hieronymus Savonarola and from The Flood – Zeeland 1953 of the Canadian rescuer Christopher Levenson. The texts are in Latin, English and Spanish.

“Enchanting requiem, strong music”  NRC – Kasper Jansen

“Strong, eclectic work”  BN De Stem – Hans Roozenboom

“This composition, under the guidance of maestro Marcel Verhoeff, testified of an unprecedented mysticism. Verhoeff conducts as a Leonard Bernstein and is able to lead orchestra and choir to unprecedented altitude. The Flood of composer Douwe Eisenga can now already be labelled as of the greatest compositions of this time. The combination is Eisenga and Verhoeff is unique. We will hear more of this duo, in Vienna, New York, London? We seldom heard such a balance, soundcolor and musical depth” – Radio Rumania 

The Flood at the Donemus catalogue

Douwe Eisenga at Donemus


Shalygin, Retinsky and Lunyov at ‘Mariologia’

On November 5th, the Ukrainian vocal ensemble ‘Alter Ratio’ will perform Shalygin, Retinsky and Lunyov in Vienna – Votivkirche…   

The project presented by Ukrainian vocal ensemble Alter Ratio is named “Mariologia”. In christian tradition Mariologia is the science about God’s mother. But in this case it is an anthology of works written on latin medieval texts, dedicated to God’s mother: «Alma Redemptoris mater», «Ave regina caelorum», «Regina caeli» and «Salve Regina», known as “B.V.M. Antifone”.

This music was written by modern Ukrainian composers: Svyatoslav Lunyov, Maksym Kolomiiets, Alexey Retinsky and Maxim Shalygin. The works are composed for vocal ensemble of 12 soloists and some music instruments (harp, vibraphone, timbal and tamtam).

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Svyatoslav Lunyov
Alexey Retinsky
Maxim Shalygin


Alexey Retinsky – Norma, theater play

On November 6  there will be a world premiere in Moscow of the theater performance ‘Norma’ with music by Alexey Retinsky. It is based on the first novel by Vladimir Sorokin ‘Norma’…   

Maxim Didenko, director: “This text is like a drill that takes out the metaphysical basis of Russian consciousness. On the one hand, the concept of the norm is static, but at the same time the current one: the norm is constantly changing, time is flowing, life is going on, we are changing and we don’t notice how the norm becomes that it was impossible to imagine some time ago. Russian people sometimes get used to radical and terrifying things, and I want to explore it. This text is like a rebus that I want to solve. ”

The production will be a synthesis of music, dance, performance and digital arts.

“Norma” is a joint project of the Theater on Malaya Bronnaya and Brusnikin’s Workshop. The performance will take place on the stage of the Yauza Palace, and will enter the permanent repertoire of the Theater on Malaya Bronnaya.

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Frédéric Devreese – Lifetime Achievement Award

Frédéric Devreese, the father of Belgian film music, is honoured with a musical portrait, following his 90th birthday. He will be guest of honour at the 46th Film Fest Gent…   

On October 19th, during the World Soundtrack Awards Gala & Concert in Gent, the Brussel Philharmonic with maestro Dirk Brossé will perform some of de film music of Frédéric Devreese.

Devreese will receive the World Soundtrack Lifetime Achievement Award together with Krzysztof Penderecki. 

Frédéric Devreese wrote many memorable film scores. He wrote essentially for André Delvaux, ‘Un Soir, un Train’, ‘Benvenuta‘, ‘Rendez-vous à Bray’ and for Marion Hänsel ‘Noces Barbares’ and ‘Il Maestro’. His film music exerted a major influence on his other works.

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Frédéric Devreese at Donemus

Groot Omroepkoor performs Daan Manneke

In November 2019, the composer, conductor and teacher Daan Manneke will turn 80. On October 5th the Groot Omroepkoor will perform several works of Manneke and give the world premiere of ‘Geistliche Dämmerung’…

Daan Manneke can be called the champion of professional choirs and amateur companies, of chamber music ensembles and orchestras, of opera singers and conductors. All the more reason to put this musical centipede in the spotlight. In his music, you hear the reverberation of especially the Renaissance and the Baroque, but if there is something that resonates everywhere, then it is the pure human singing voice as a starting point.

On October 5th Manneke is the sun around which other composers will be performed. The best compliment he ever received in a review: “Daan Manneke is the Sweelinck of our time.”

Huib Ramaer will give a presentation before the concert., at 19.30h.

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Support new CD by Maxim Shalygin

The “Todos los fuegos el fuego” project was initiated by two Dutch saxophone quartets – Amstel Quartet & Keuris Quartet and composer Maxim Shalygin. Never before have two saxophone quartets collaborated on a piece of such difficulty and length (75 min.) with the usage of the saxophones from the soprano down to the bass saxophone. With this project, creators want to expand the possibilities of saxophone performance and contribute to the creation of an international saxophone repertoire…   

After two years of hard work, from the beginning of the project to its premiere, they ask for your support in creating a high quality CD of this exceptional piece.

The “Todos los fuegos el fuego” is a unique musical work: a musical cycle that immerses the listener for one hour in a mystical act, sparking the imagination and opening up unknown emotional conditions. The piece was inspired by “Todos los fuegos el fuego”, arguably the most enigmatic book by the great Cortázar. All the short stories in this collection share an entrance into a parallel, magic reality, sometimes near to ours, sometimes strikingly different from it. Suite’s overall structure consists of eight parts, performed by eight saxophone players — as many as there are stories in the book. The saxophone is chosen for a reason, since, for all his knowledge and passion for music, jazz claimed the most of Cortázar’s attention. Jazz, and accordingly the sound of the saxophone, was his muse and a constant presence in many of his most well-known fiction.

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The production of a CD is a milestone in the creative career of every ensemble and composer. They are sure this recording will be impressive for the audience, and inspiring for saxophonists around the world. Your financial support will be used to pay for the rent of the recording space, the work of musicians and the work of the recording company.

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Dmitri Kourliandski – Octavia. Trepanation – in Moscow

On October 17–19 the production of composer Dmitri Kourliandski will have its Russian premiere. In summer 2017 this production was premiered during the Holland Festival in Muziekgebouw aan ’t IJ and later on in Italy. The version in Moscow will be slightly different, because of the size of the stage…   

Octavia. Trepanation investigates the bloody mechanisms of the revolution. This opera, which had its world premiere at the Holland Festival, was created by composer Dmitri Kourliandski and director Boris Yukhananov, the artistic director of Moscow’s Stanislavsky Electrotheatre. They call it an ‘opera-operation’. On stage stands a giant replica of Lenin’s head, the skull of which is being trepanated. Kourliandski’s music consists of socialist hymns stretched out in time, texts by the Marxist revolutionary Leon Trotsky and excerpts from Octavia, a play attributed to Seneca about the Roman emperor Nero. Is art capable of explaining tyranny?

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Plaque unveiling ceremony for Robert Heppener

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the death of composer Robert Heppener (1925-2009). The Maastricht Composers Foundation and Studium Chorale organize a concert on October 27th in Vaals and a plaque will be unveiled at the Heppener’s home in Vijlen. Heppener lived in Vijlen from 1982 to 1999 and was a teacher at the Maastricht Conservatory. He is one of the most important Dutch composers of the 20th century…   

The main topic of the concert in the Kopermolen in Vaals is the vocal music of Robert Heppener. Studium Chorale sings the impressive 16-part choral work Nachklänge and two parts from the virtuoso Canti Carnascialeschi. In addition, the song cycle Four Songs on poems by Ezra Pound for soprano and piano will be performed. The concert is led by conductor and pianist Ed Spanjaard, who was one of the composer’s best friends.

Before the concert, a festive plaque will be unveiled at 1 p.m. at the house where Heppener used to live at Vijlenberg 12. The event will include music and speeches, the plaque unveiling by the composer’s wife Milly Heppener, and a drink.

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Robert Heppener at Donemus

Joey Roukens – Morphic Waves in Barcelona

On October 11-13, the Barcelona Symphony and National Orchestra of Catalonia (OBC) with Gabriel Bebeselea, conductor, will perform ‘Morphic Waves’ of Joey Roukens…   

Morphic Waves is a symphony cast in one continuous 23-minute span, consisting of several subsections that organically morph into one another, not unlike Sibelius 7th Symphony, a piece which Joey Roukens adores. Throughout the piece one can hear wave-like elements, most notably in the dynamic swells (‘waves’ of crescendo and diminuendo or fade in/fade out) in all instruments, but also in the way the orchestral textures expand and contract. The piece is mainly about texture, color and harmony. The harmonies are rather dark-hued, although the final minutes are very serene and tender. The piece was written as part of Rouken’s residency with the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra during the 2015-16 concert season.

Morphic Waves had its first performance on June 8th, 2016 at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam by the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra and conductor Marc Albrecht. Written with financial support of the Performing Arts Fund NL, it has been performed in The Netherlands, France, Italy and Russia.

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Listen to the recording at the Sacharov Festival; June 5th, 2018; by the Nizhny Novgorod Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Peter Biloen.

Yannis Kyriakides – Val

No one wants to fall. Falling makes you vulnerable. In today’s society we want progress; onward and upward, faster, more. But surely falling is part of life? Water evaporates, rises and comes back down as rain; people live and learn; they get knocked down and they get back up again. What would be left of our creativity if no one ever dared to leap into the dark? VAL is a musical ode to falling, in which we look our fears in the eye…   

Who still dares to fall?

Val brings the company’s poetical genre to the big stage, accompanied by Calefax reed quintet with music by Yannis Kyriakides. Like the players, they also explore the extremes: scaling the highest heights and dropping to the deepest lows.

Read the review in newspaper Trouw (Dutch)

Wednesday 24 July – Stadsschouwburg Utrecht, TRY-OUT sold-out
Thursday 25 July – Stadsschouwburg Utrecht, TRY-OUT sold-out
Friday 26 July – Stadsschouwburg Utrecht, TRY-OUT sold-out
Friday 20 September – Stadsschouwburg Utrecht
Saturday 21 September – Stadsschouwburg Utrecht, PREMIÈRE
Sunday 22 September – Stadsschouwburg Utrecht
Thursday 26 September – Chassé, Breda
Saturday 28 September – Warande, Turnhout, België
Wednesday 2 October – De Spiegel, Zwolle
Wednesday 9 October – Stadstheater, Arnhem
Monday 14 October – Internationaal Theater Amsterdam (ITA)
Wednesday 16 October – Het Nationale Theater, Den Haag
Monday 21 October – Stadsschouwburg Groningen
Wednesday 6 November – November Music, Theater a/d Parade, Den Bosch
Thursday 21 November – Theater Rotterdam, Schouwburg

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Yannis Kyriakides at Donemus