Frank Martin Five Songs of Ariel
delen uit Hans Werner Henze Orpheus Behind the Wire
delen uit Claudio Monteverdi Sestina: Lagrime d’amante al sepolcro dell’amata met David van Ooijen continuo (theorbe)
Pavle Merku: Madrigali della buona morte
delen uit Ørjan Matre Orphic Songs
W. Schuman: Carols of death

Netherlands Chamber Choir (Nederlands Kamerkoor)
Martina Batič – conductor

The soloist top class of the Nederlands Kamerkoor is in good hands with Martina Batič – one of the leading choir conductors of her generation and, after having been chief conductor of the Radio France Choir for four years, is the new chief conductor as of August ’23. conductor of the Danish National Vocal Ensemble – in a musical retelling of the classic Orpheus myth.

Henze’s Orpheus Behind the Wire, written for a twelve-part a cappella choir, gives a contemporary twist to the story of Orpheus and Eurydice. The work is considered one of Henze’s more accessible compositions and consists of an interplay of sounds and lines that are sometimes transparent and sometimes overwhelming. The Orphic Songs by Ørjan Matre, commissioned by the Norwegian Soloists’ Choir, explore Orphism, a religious movement that originated in ancient Greek culture and focused on the Orpheus myth. Matre based this work on ancient Greek poetry and various Orphic hymns. These two compositions are interspersed with works by Claudio Monteverdi, William Howard Schuman, and Frank Martin, creating a traditional and modern musical view of the classical myth of Orpheus.


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