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Roaring Rotterdam

5 7 Mar 2014

For some years there has been talk in musical circles of a ‘Rotterdam School’. Composers from the city on the Maas River are said to be more accessible and intuitive in their compositional approach than their more stolid colleagues from The Hague. You can judge the truth of this with your own ears during this concert, as Asko|Schönberg performs music by three Rotterdam heavyweights: a première by Peter-Jan Wagemans and near-première performances of works by Klaas de Vries and Joey Roukens.

De Vries wrote a piano concerto for the Young Pianist Foundation competition in November last year, while Joey Roukens recalls musical reminiscences from bygone days. In addition, there is a new viola concerto by Hanna Kulenty, a Polish composer who has been living in the Netherlands for the past twenty years but whose music is more rooted in East European soil than in the sodden Dutch polder landscape.



Peter-Jan Wagemans
Figures in a Landscape
Hanna Kulenty
Joey Roukens
Scenes from an Old Memory Box
Klaas de Vries 
Second Piano Concerto

Slagwerk Den Haag

Etienne Siebens
Daniël van der Hoeven
Geneviève Strosser


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