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This page presents programmes the Amstel Quartet developed in past years. The quartet not only dived into the masterpieces (19th century symphonies, Wagner’s Ring) but also into the refined chamber music repertoire (saxophone quartets by Keuris and Glazunov, adaptations of Ravel, Franck, Barber). Old masters such as Bach and Sweelinck combine beautifully with recent masterpieces by Pärt, Torke and Tan Dun. There will be many premieres as well, by both Dutch and foreign composers. Allow us to surprise you!

Below you will find diffferent categories that each consist of a number of programmes of varying lengths (for instance, with or without an intermission).

The quartet plays a large part of the repertoire by heart, which makes it all the more easy to customise the programmes. Regard the quartet’s repertoire list as a box of candy from which you can pick and mix the sweets which take your fancy. The members of the quartet will explain the works that they play during the concert.

Click on a title to see more information about individual programmes.

Category: Around the World

The Amstel Quartet recommends programme 1: Around the World in 80 minutes.

Programme 1: Around the World in 80 minutes

Join the Amstel Quartet on their round the world trip! Starting out in the Netherlands, highlights of this trip include visits to the thriving cities of Montevideo and the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa, a camel ride through the Arabian desert, and a night-time walk through the exhilarating city of Shanghai. And - best of all - you can experience all of this comfortably from your seat, in just 80 minutes!

  • Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck (1562-1621) – Fantasia Chromatica (arr. Apswoude)
  • Guillermo Lago (1960) - Ciudades (2011)*
    Montevideo, Córdoba, Addis Abbeba, Sarajevo
  • Rabih Abou-Khalil (1957) - Arabian Waltz (1998/2003) (arr. Apswoude)

-intermission-

  • Kadri Gopalnath (1949) - Hidden Secrets (arr. Jak)
  • Jorrit Dijkstra (1966) - Shruut (2008)*
  • Peter van Onna (1966) - Geographies: Shanghai by Night (2011)*
  • Tan Dun – Three Sketches in Hunan Accent (arr. Apswoude)
    Floating Clouds, Ancient Burial, Sunrain

*) written for the Amstel Quartet

(programme subject to change and in agreement)

Programme 2: Dim Sum

Dim Sum: “small individual portions of food, usually served in a small steamer basket or on a small plate”.

In the autumn of 2010 the Amstel Quartet toured China with this programme, presenting an extremely varied and eclectic mix, which was highly successful among Chinese audiences. Peter van Onna’s Shanghai by Night has recently been added to the Amstel Quartet’s repertoire and - along with Tan Dun’s music - adds the unmistakable Chinese touch.

  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791) – Adagio and Fugue KV 546 (1788) (arr. Jak)
  • Maurice Ravel (1875-1937) – Pavane pour une infante défunte (1899) (arr. Mellema)
  • Peter van Onna (1966) – Geographies: Shanghai by Night (2011)*
  • Jean Rivier (1896-1987) – Grave et Presto (1938)
  • Rabih Abou-Khalil (1957) – Arabian Waltz (1998/2003) (arr. Apswoude)
  • Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) – Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland BWV 659 (arr. Apswoude)
  • Kadri Gopalnath (1949) – Hidden Secrets (arr. Jak)
  • Michael Torke (1961) – June/May (2010)* (written for the Amstel Quartet and New Century Saxophone Quartet)
  • Tan Dun (1957) – Three Sketches in Hunan Accent (1979/2008) (arr. Apswoude)
    Floating Clouds, Ancient Burial, Sun Rain

*written for the Amstel Quartet

circa 80 minutes in total (without intermission, including introductions and applause)

for a shorter version, remove either Rivier or Gopalnath from the programme.For a longer version, if required, add Barber (10’) to the second part of the programme.

(programme subject to change and in agreement)

Programme 3: Baltica

The most well known Baltic composer is without a doubt the Estonian Arvo Pärt. His serene music is performed by the Amstel Quartet in work personally authorised by the composer.

But in the rest of the Baltic states (Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia), high quality work is being composed as well: take for instance Peteris Vasks, Indra Rise, Vytautas Germanavicius or Tõnu Kõrvits.

In 2005 the Amstel Quartet released their much acclaimed Baltica album to share their love of the music from these former Soviet republics with their audience.

Arvo Pärt (arr. Mellema)

  • Summa
  • Fratres
  • Pari Intervallo
  • Solfeggio
  • Peteris Vasks - Two Poems after Czeslaw Milosz (arr. Apswoude)
  • Indra Rise – A held Breath
  • Vytautas Germanavicius – Ophiuchus*
  • Tõnu Kõrvits – The Assignation

(*written for the Amstel Quartet)

(programme subject to change and in agreement)

Programme 4: Wim Henderickx – The Seven Chakras & Shri Yantra

Two pieces by the Belgian composer Wim Henderickx. Wellbeing for your karma and chakra's.

The Amstel Quartet and Jorrit Tamminga (live electronics) will perform the impressive The Seven Chakras.

Each of the parts finds its inspiration outside of music. Suggestive elements aim to put the listener into a meditative, contemplative mood.

  1. Muladhara (Earth)
  2. Svadhisthana (Water)
  3. Manipura (Fire)
  4. Anahata (Air)
  5. Vishuddha (Ether)
  6. Ajna (ThirdEye)
  7. Sahasrara (Lotus)
Shri Yantra for 8 channel soundtracks

Together with Jorrit Tamminga, Wim Henderickx wrote an electronic composition entitled Shri Yantra. Wim Henderickx based the musical structure of this work on the Buddhist Shri Yantra, an abstract geometrical figure, which forms the guide for mediation and development of the conscious mind.

The combination of these pieces offer the audience a complete experience. Integrating lighting effects adds ambiance to the performance. This can also be presented in the way of musical theatre.

(programme subject to change and in agreement)

Programme 5: Amstel Raga

with Niti Ranjan Biswas, tabla

The two worlds of the virtuoso tabla player Niti Ranjan Biswas and the Amstel Quartet first came together in the production of LAAD LOS by theatre company the Dogtroep. The combination of the two very different cultures had an addictive effect: the five musicians decided to prolong the collaboration.

Contemporary composers took their inspiration from the classical Indian music and wrote compositions for the programme. Even though Western and Indian music have been combined successfully in the past, the combination of a saxophone quartet and tablas is completely new. As the Indian and Western cultures show great contradictions, the starting point will always be the essence of the music itself. Creativity is what the Amstel Raga programme is all about. Not world music, not classical music; Amstel Raga!

  • Ian Wilson - Heaven lay close
  • Niti Ranjan Biswas - Improvisation on a 16th century piece
  • Oene van Geel - Karmatikka

-intermission-

  • Kadri Gopalnath - Hidden Secrets (arr. Jak)
  • Sylvia Maessen - Todi, where did you go?
  • Marion von Tilzer - Wheel of Fortune
  • Martin Fondse -Tribute to Indian Cinema

(programme subject to change and by agreement)

Category: Masterpieces

The Amstel Quartet recommends programme 1: The Wagner 200th birthday concert.

Programme 1: The Wagner 200th birthday concert

An Amstel Quartet tribute to Richard Wagner

2013 will see the 200th anniversary of Richard Wagner’s birth. The Amstel Quartet honours Richard Wagner by putting together a special chamber music concert with many new adaptations of pieces which either influenced Wagner greatly or are a result of his revolutionary composition style. There are also a few parodies on work by Wagner.

When Adolphe Sax produced a performance of Tannhauser in Paris in 1861, he used saxhorns instead of hunting horns. Wagner was furious when he found out, particularly because he had not noticed. Despite Adolphe Sax’ troubled relationship with Wagner, their encounter was important for the development of both men. Already back in 1853 Wagner had visited Adolphe Sax’ workshop in Paris. Wagner was extremely taken with Sax' saxhorns. Eventually this instrument would inspire Wagner to invent the famous Wagner tuba.

  • Anton Webern – Langsamer Satz (arr. Mellema)
  • Ludwig van Beethoven – Adagio molto e cantabile, from Symphony no. 9 (arr. Van Klaveren)
  • Richard Wagner - The Ring, a Suite from the complete Ring des Nibelungen (arr. Kramers)
  • Frans Liszt – Ave Maria (arr. Apswoude)
  • Emmanuel Chabrier - Fantaisie en Forme de Quadrille sur les Thèmes favoris de Tristan und Isolde de Wagner (arr. Van Klaveren)
  • Claude Debussy - Colliwog's Cakewalk (arr. Van Der Linden)

(programme subject to change and by agreement)

Programme 2: Amstel Symphonies

Monumental music played on the most impressive musical invention of the 19th century.

In comparison with many other instruments, the saxophone is a young instrument. The inventor Adolphe Sax (Dinant, Belgium) had a clear vision of the qualities the instrument was to have: it had to have a mild, sonorous tone that would carry far outdoors, so that it could be used in military orchestras.

In the end the saxophone has become a much more flexible instrument. It has found a place in most music styles: from jazz and pop to classical and folk music. The instrument combines the dexterity of the clarinet with the power of brass instruments.

It’s the sonority, the starting point for the design of the saxophone, which gives you the impression from time to time, that you are listening to an entire orchestra instead of just four saxophones. This characteristic, combined with the flexibility and the virtuoso nature of the instrument, forms the basis for this programme.

Amstel Symphonies, with pianist Pascal Meyer
  • Gabriel Fauré - Pelleas et Melisande (arr. Van Klaveren)
    with Pascal Meyer, piano
  • Richard Wagner – The Ring, a Suite from the complete Ring des Nibelungen (arr. Kramers)

-intermission-

  • Cesar Franck, Johannes Brahms, Pjotr Iljitsj Tchaikovsky – Chamber symphony in three parts (arr. Jak)
  • Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov - Sheherazade (arr. Van Klaveren)
    with Pascal Meyer, piano
Amstel Symphonies, without piano
  • Cesar Franck, Johannes Brahms, Pjotr Iljitsj Tchaikovsky – Chamber symphony in three parts (arr. Jak)
  • Samuel Barber - Adagio (arr. Van der Linden)
  • Merlijn Twaalfhoven - La Vie est Belle

-intermission-

  • Tristan Keuris - Music for Saxophones
  • Richard Wagner – The Ring, a Suite from the complete Ring des Nibelungen (arr. Kramers)

(programme subject to change and by agreement)

Programme 3: Old Masters

Organ music by old masters played on the saxophone, sounds as if it was written specifically for the saxophone.

In the Fantasias by Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck, the Netherlands’ greatest composer of all time, you can clearly follow the complex polyphonic lines.

Even the undisputedly greatest composer ever, Johann Sebastian Bach, had an example whom he looked up to: Dietrich Buxtehude. The Amstel Quartet plays music by these composers with the utmost respect and an eye for the authentic way of performing.

Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck (arr. Apswoude)

  • Chromatic Fantasy
  • Ricercare
  • Hexachord Fantasy

Dietrich Buxtehude

  • Partita “Auf meinen Lieben Gott”, BuxWV 179 (arr. Apswoude)
  • Passacaglia in d, BuxWV 161 (arr. Mellema)

J.S. Bach

  • Prelude and Fuga in c, BWV 537
  • Toccata, Adagio and Fuga , BWV 564
  • Partita BWV 768 (arr. Apswoude)

(programme subject to change and by agreement)

Category: Optima Forma

The Amstel Quartet recommends programme 1: Le Saxophone Romantique.

Programme 1: Le Saxophone Romantique

Nestle yourself in the soft velvet armchairs provided for you by the Amstel Quartet with their sultry saxophones.

The Russian romanticism of Alexander Glazunov, the world famous Pavane by Ravel, Samuel Barber’s tear jerking Adagio and more music to dream away with.

  • Alexander Glazunov – Saxophone quartet in Bes, opus 109
  • Franz Liszt – Avé Maria (arr. Apswoude)
  • Maurice Ravel – Pavane pour une infante défunte (arr. Mellema)
  • Samuel Barber – Adagio, opus 11 (arr. Van der Linden)
  • Cesar Franck – Prelude, Fugue et Variation opus 18 (arr. Jak)

In agreement the space can be adjusted: Comfortable couches, cushions, standard lamps, etc.

(programme subject to change and by agreement)

Programme 2: Sax, Stars and Stripes

The music of the US

The best known saxophone music from the United States: Charlie Parker, John Coltrane, Maceo Parker, to name but a few. The saxophone was invented mid nineteenth century, when jazz had not even made its appearance yet and it is to these celebrities that the saxophone owes its fame. The Amstel Quartet introduces you to other American saxophone music:

In Sax, Stars and Stripes you will hear the very first classical American saxophone quartet by Florio from 1901 and the 20th century continuation of that, such as an adaptation of the moving Adagio by Barber, original music by Creston and the Dutchman JacobTV (aka Jacob Ter Veldhuis) - who composed his own vision of the American music and culture - and the new saxophone quartet by Michael Torke, which he wrote especially for the Amstel Quartet. Of course there is Riley and Glass’ minimal music as well. And Coltrane and Parker’s jazz will, naturally, always ring through in the American classical saxophone music.

In short, an overview of American music in the 20th century, with the saxophone quartet as your guide.

  • Caryl Florio - Quartette (Allegro de Concert)
  • Samuel Barber – Adagio (arr. Van der Linden)
  • Paul Creston - Suite for Saxophone Quartet
  • Michael Torke - May, June and July (written for the Amstel and New Century Quartets)
  • Leonard Bernstein - Movements from The West Side Story (arr. New Century Quartet)
  • Philip Glass - Saxophone Quartet of Mishima (arr. Amstel Quartet)
  • JacobTV - Jesus is Coming (with tape)
  • Terry Riley - Good Medicine (arrangement Apswoude)

(programme subject to change and by agreement)

Programme 3: Requests

The Amstel Quartet’s successful CD Amstel Tracks is to be followed by Amstel Tracks II in 2012. The concept for both CD’s is straightforward: the repertoire about which the audience always asks, whether we have already recorded it. All the pieces in this programme have been written or arranged for or by the Amstel Quartet.

  • Maurice Ravel - Pavane (arr. Mellema)
  • Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck – Fantasia Chromatica (arr. Apswoude)
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - Adagio and Fugue (arr. Jak)
  • Guillermo Lago - Ciudades
  • Johann Sebastian Bach - Nun komm der Heiden Heiland (arr. Apswoude)
  • Johannes Brahms - Andante from third Symphony (arr. Jak)
  • Michael Nyman - Quartet no. 2 (arrangement Roach)
  • Samuel Barber – Adagio (arrangement van der Linden)
  • Tan Dun - Three Sketches in Hunan Accent (arr. Apswoude)
  • Jean Rivier - Grave et Presto

(programme subject to change and by agreement)

Programme 4: Les Saxophones à Paris

Meet the roots of saxophone

Paris has always been an important city for the saxophone and its development. Even though the Belgian Adolphe Sax invented the instrument in the Ardennes (Dinant), he soon moved to Paris, where there was a lively music scene, the ideal podium for the greatest musical invention of the past centuries.

Paris was also the home of pioneer Marcel Mule, a famous saxophone soloist and a member of the saxophone quartet Le Quatuor de Saxophones de la Garde Républicaine. From the late twenties onwards he transformed the relatively young instrument from a novelty into a mature instrument with original repertoire and a host of dedicated players.

This programme comprises work by composers who decided to write for saxophone, influenced by the inspiring Parisian ambiance, which has been of such great importance to the saxophone.

  • Alexander Glazounov – Saxophone quartet in Bes, opus 109
  • Jean Rivier – Grave et Presto
  • Maurice Ravel – Suite
  • Eugene Bozza – Andante et Scherzo
  • Marijn Simons – L'Espoir

Category: New

The Amstel Quartet recommends programme 1: Ghosts.

Programme 1: Ghosts

As the audience enters, saxophone sounds fill the hall and the members of the Amstel Quartet are spread out around the space. The seats are set up in a non-traditional way, the audience needs to let go a traditional idea of attending a concert. Who is playing? Where are the musicians? Which seat should I choose? Ghosts is not just about music. Music, space, time and reorientation are all ingredients which make Ghosts into an experience.

All composers played in Ghosts, in one way or another, tried to break with a tradition in classical music. Pioneer John Cage did this by integrating chance into his compositions, Eduardo Marturet combines a traditional sound with modern composing techniques, Ian Wilson composed from a theatrical point of view and Sweelinck was a pioneer in his own time.

The Amstel Quartet composed a programme around Ghosts, by the Amstel Quartet’s house composer, Ian Wilson, with the same themes. Moreover, the works in this program are all, in many ways, innovative and revolutionary.

  • John Cage (1912) - Four5 (1991)
  • Daan Manneke (1939) - Soyons plus vite (1991)
  • Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck (1562) – Fantasia Chromatica (arr. Apswoude)

-Intermission-

  • Eduardo Marturet (1953) - Canto Llano (1976)
  • Ian Wilson (1964) - Ghosts (for the Amstel Quartet) (2006)

(programme subject to change and in agreement)

Programme 2: Organ and Saxophone: a wind of change

with Pieter van Dijk, organ

The four pipes of the saxophone quartet serve as an extra register to the organ, or the organ is the colourful accompaniment to the quartet; each work offering a new perspective and a new listening experience. The tones of the wind instruments, which both the organ and the saxophone are, turn out to be a perfect match for a varied programme.

The internationally renowned organist Pieter van Dijk and the Amstel Quartet became friends through their love of Jan Pieterzoon Sweelinck’s music.

By commissioning compositions together they have built up a varied repertoire for this unusual combination, in which the saxophones merge into the sound of the organ one moment and then do battle with the sheer bombastic force of the organ the next moment.

Forcing wind through the pipes, that is what it is all about.

Music by Giovanni Gabrieli, Cesar Franck, Max Reger, Gerard Beljon, Jan Pieterzoon Sweelinck, Joep Franssens, Tõnu Kõrvits, Andries van Rossem.

(programme subject to change and by agreement)

Programme 3: 100 % Dutch

Music from the Low Countries

Is there such a thing as a typical Dutch music style? If there is, it could be described, according to certain musicologists, as radically to the point, direct, with a no-nonsense quality. Characteristics that can also be found in the mentality of its people, which again is deeply rooted in the country’s history and culture.

The Amstel Quartet is definitely a prime ambassador of Dutch music. In this entirely Dutch program you will hear hauntingly beautiful compositions by the Old Master Sweelinck, along with dramatic music by Tristan Keuris and brand new commissions dedicated to the quartet.

  • Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck (1562-1621) – Ricercare (arr. Apswoude)
  • Allan Segall (1959) - Psalm 23 (2006)*
  • Otto Ketting (1935) - Close Harmony (2010)*

-intermission-

  • Tristan Keuris (1946-1996) - Kwartet (1971)
  • Jorrit Dijkstra (1966) – Bounce (2010)*
  • Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck (1562-1621) – Fantasia Chromatica (arr. Apswoude) 8'
  • Peter van Onna – Geographies: Shanghai by Night (2011)*

(*written for the Amstel Quartet)

Programme 4: Cutting-Edge

Wonder at the freshest notes written for the Amstel Quartet’s four saxophonists, complemented with milestones from the rich, contemporary music history.

For anyone who is interested in modern day composers: what do the new compositions by, for instance, Peter van Onna, Jorrit Dijkstra, Sander Germanus, Jane O'Leary or Albert van Veenendaal sound like?

And, by popular request, for the connaisseur, we have a selection of astutely written classics by Dutch masters:

  • Otto Ketting – Close Harmony (2010)*
  • Tristan Keuris – Music for Saxophones (1986)
  • Louis Andriessen – Facing Death (1990)

(*written for the Amstel Quartet)

Category: Less is More

The Amstel Quartet recommends programme 1: Pärt meets Bach.

Programme 1: Pärt meets Bach

Arvo Pärt’s music has much in common with that of Johann Sebastian Bach. Both are highly spiritual composers and they both play a pivotal role in music history. Without a doubt they are among the most performed composers in concert halls today.

Bach looked back to the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, loved the high baroque and eventually became one of the most important forerunners in music history. Pärt also goes back to the composers from the past, whom he admires. He transformed this inspiration into his own Tintinnabuli style, which conquered the whole world throughout the course of the 20th century.

Neither Bach nor Pärt wrote for saxophone. Pärt gave the Amstel Quartet his personal approval to arrange his compositions. Obtaining Bach’s approval was a little more complicated. The Amstel Quartet went to great lengths to please the old master and took lessons with gurus of old music such as Anner Bijlsma and Pieter-Jan Belder.

Arvo Pärt

  • Summa
  • Fratres
  • Pari Intervallo
  • Solfeggio

Johann Sebastian Bach

  • Nun komm der Heiden Heiland (arr. Apswoude)
  • 2nd Cello Suite; Prélude, Sarabande and Gigue (arr. Van Klaveren)
  • Fantasia & Fuge in c minor BWV 537 (arr. Mellema)
  • Toccata, Adagio & Fuge in C-major, BWV 564 (arr. Apswoude)

(programme subject to change and in agreement)

Programme 2: Less is more

Charms of minimal music

What started out as an American avant-garde movement in the late sixties, has established itself as one of the most popular contemporary music styles whose influences reach far beyond its origins: Minimal Music has won its place on numerous movie soundtracks, in TV jingles, modern dance performances and it has also found its way into the pop, rock, techno and house music scenes. Known for its meticulous sense of rhythm and unrivalled ear for collective sound, the Amstel Quartet has earned the highest praise for its Philip Glass and Michael Nyman recordings, and has inspired American composer Michael Torke and Dutch composers Renske Vrolijk and Gerard Beljon to compose works for them. Terry Riley, one of the pioneers of Minimal Music, personally authorized the quartet’s arrangements of his music.

High-floating, hypnotizing, meditative ... allow yourself to be carried away on this musical trip ... and have a safe landing!

  • Michael Nyman (1944) - Three movements from String Quartet No. 2 (1988/2008)
  • Renske Vrolijk (1965) - Lachrymae* (2010)
  • Michael Torke (1961) - June, May* (1995/2010)

-intermission-

  • Philip Glass (1937) - Mishima (1985) (arr. AQ)
  • Gerard Beljon (1952) - Greetingz* (2011)
  • Terry Riley (1935) - Good Medicine (1985/2009) (arr. Apswoude)

*) written for the Amstel Quartet

PROGRAMME 3: Happy Anniversary Terry Riley and Arvo Pärt!

In 2015 we'll celebrate the anniversaries of two of the most favourite composers of the Amstel Quartet who were both born in 1935; Terry Riley and Arvo Pärt.
Sit back and let the music take you to places beyond your imagination.

  • Arvo Pärt - Solfeggio (1964 / 2002) (arr. Ties Mellema)
  • Terry Riley - Mandala Miniatures (1999) (selection)
  • Arvo Pärt - Fratres (1977 / 2002) (arr. Ties Mellema)
  • Arvo Pärt - Summa (1980) (arr. Ties Mellema)
  • Terry Riley - Tread on the Trail (1965)
  • Arvo Pärt - Pari Intervallo (1978 / 2002) (arr. Ties Mellema)
  • Terry Riley - from Salome Dances for Peace: Good Medicine (1985 / 2009) (arr. Bas Apswoude)

Category: Hors Categorie

Amstel Quartet feat. Lars Wouters van den Oudenweijer, clarinet

De virtuoso clarinet player Lars Wouters van den Oudenweijer and the Amstel Quartet demonstrate that the clarinet and a saxophone quartet together produce an unexpectedly beautiful combination of tone and repertoire.

They have joined musical forces and have composed a programme specifically for this collaboration, in which the kindred reed instruments enhance each other, both in colour and in intensity.

In Bach the reed players pull out all the stops: a partita in which a simple chorale melody works its heavenly way through the instruments in several variations.

In this programme Lars also plays the Sequenza 9a for clarinet solo by great master Luciano Berio.

During the spectacular clarinet quintet by Carl Maria von Weber, which has been given a face-lift, Lars cheerfully lets the frivolity of his clarinet be heard above the four saxophones.

For this unique collaboration house composer to the Amstel Quartet, Ian Wilson, rewrote his intimate “her charms revisited” which is inspired upon an Irish song.

  • Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) - Partita “Sei gegrüsset, Jesu gütig ” BWV768 (arrangement Bas Apswoude) 1736
  • Luciano Berio (1925-2003) - Sequenza 9a (for clarinet solo) 1980
  • Ian Wilson (1964) - “her charms revisited” 2010
  • Carl Maria von Weber (1786-1826) - Clarinet quintet in Bes opus 34 (arrangement Amstel Quartet and Lars) 1815

Songs of Clarity

Unparalleled melancholy and humor are combined in this program bursting with English musical gems. Soprano Klaartje van Veldhoven, accompanied by the Amstel Quartet, guides you through the beautiful repertoire of songs and instrumental Fantazias by Henry Purcell and consort songs by William Byrd. The spirited sounds of composer Michael Nyman bring this beautiful English program together.

Klaartje van Veldhoven – Soprano
On the concert stages Klaartje is actively involved in original, transboundary projects. Classical music always lies at the heart, but the young vocalist is not afraid of collaborating with jazz and improvising musicians and does this with great enthusiasm and success.

  • William Byrd (c. 1543 – 1623) - Come to me grief forever, O that rare breast, Content is rich
  • Michael Nyman (1944) - Second String Quartet (1988 / 2008) (arr. D. Roach)
  • William Byrd (c. 1543 – 1623) - O that you hear this voice, In Angel's weed, O Lord, how vain

- intermission -

  • Henry Purcell (c. 1659 - 1695) - Fantazia I, Z732 in d minor, Fantazia VI, Z737 in F Major, Fantazia IV, Z735 in g minor
  • Michael Nyman (1944) - selection from Ariel Songs
  • Henry Purcell (c. 1659 - 1695) - Fantazia III, Z734 in g minor, Fantazia V, Z736 in B flat Major
  • Michael Nyman (1944) - The Piano Sings (1994) (arr. Remco Jak)

Sax avec Elan!

Philippe Elan and the Amstel Quartet

Drift away with moving French chansons and compelling stories, in a unique combination. Philippe Elan, a household name to anyone with a passion for the French chanson. Philippe once began his musical career playing the saxophone in the local brass band, but it soon became apparent that his true passion was to sing. A lifelong love hate affair with the saxophone ensued. So is it merely a coincidence that he is now collaborating with the Amstel Quartet? An ironic reference to his own past?
Music includes that of Jacques Brel, Charles Aznavour and Edith Piaf.