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On the longest day of the year, the Netherlands Radio Chamber Philharmonic take their last bow – with an optimistic gesture. Supported by Visual Kitchen’s video and lighting design, four compositions on the theme of ‘light’ are performed. Two of these are brand new, an emphatic statement by the orchestra to leave something behind for the future. Dutch composer Matijs de Roo, a finalist at last year’s Toonzetters competition, has created a punchy and fast moving orchestral work; the French composer Pascal Dusapin (previously at the festival with Passion and Medea) has written a violin concerto titled Aufgang, which is performed by Renaud Capuçon. The orchestra will also play the sprightly Lumen II by Régis Campo and L’heure bleue by the Japanese composer Misato Mochizuki, a musical interpretation of the ‘blue hour’ of twilight.
- Régis Campo
- Pascal Dusapin
- Misato Mochizuki
- Matijs de Roo
- James MacMillan
- Renaud Capuçon
- Radio Kamer Filharmonie
- Visual Kitchen
- Holland Festival
- Muziekcentrum van de Omroep
- with support of
- Fonds voor Podiumkunsten
- clarinet, bassclarinet
- Johannes Eder
- Andreas Fuetsch
- alt saxophone, clarinet
- Romed Hopfgartner
- double bass, accordion
- Markus Kraler
- harp, citer, zang
- Angelika Rainer
- hakkebord, zang
- Bettina Rainer
- Markus Rainer
- trumpet, vocals, musical direction
- Andreas Schett
- ventieltrombone, zang
- Martin Senfter
- Nikolai Tunkowitsch
- Daniel Schmutzhard
- Tiroler Festspielen Erl
Capuçon played with virile agility and tremendous nobility of tone.The Guardian about Symphonie Espagnole
At the end of the season the curtain falls for the Netherlands Radio Chamber Philharmonic, one of the top orchestras in Dutch orchestral music. The dissolution is widely deplored, and the unanimous acclaim and endorsements seem to have given the orchestra a real lift: the Netherlands Radio Chamber Philharmonic is at the peak of its playing power. On the longest day of the year, 21 June 2013, the orchestra will play one of their last concerts ever.
Years of close and successful collaboration between the orchestra and the Holland Festival – only last year they gave a sold-out concert playing works by Pärt and Schnittke and world premiering a new work by Toivo Tulev – is crowned with a programme which is emphatically not only a swan song, but, featuring two new compositional commissions, also leaves something behind for the future. The dark tidings get a response in the form of a concert on the theme of light.
The Holland Festival has joint-commissioned Aufgang, a new violin concerto by the French composer Pascal Dusapin, written for soloist Renaud Capuçon. In addition, the world premiere of a new work for chamber orchestra by the young Dutch composer Matijs de Roo will be played. The programme is completed by the Dutch premieres of music by Japanese composer Misato Mochizuki and Frenchman Régis Campo. The video and light artists of Visual Kitchen from Brussels, who featured regularly at the Holland Festival in past years, provide a visual design that supports these works and connects them organically. It's the last time the orchestra will be led by James MacMillan, their principal guest conductor since September 2010. Violinist Renaud Capuçon will perform as a soloist in the work of Dusapin.
All four compositions which are performed, relate, each in their own way, to the phenomenon of light. Misato Mochizuki (1969) derived the title for L'heure bleue (2007) from a term coined by the French entomologist Jean-Henri Fabre (1823-1915): 'the blue hour' is the time between the end of the night and the break of dawn, when the creatures of the night and the insects are silent and the first birds awaken. When the darkness makes way for the light, blue is the first colour that appears. In fact, blue is the transition between light and darkness. Mochizuki refers to her work as a contemplation of this moment of transition, which travels around the world, continuously appearing at a further place. L’heure bleu received an award at the UNESCO International Tribune of Composers.
Régis Campo (1968) once stated in an interview that the sumptuous light in the city of Nice, where he lives, has a positive influence on his work and his mental state: his works often sound like optimistic overtures. Lumen II (2006), the sequel to Lumen (2001) for large orchestra, is a point in case, featuring a radiant orchestration in which high tones predominate. Although Matijs de Roo (1977) has not yet got a name for himself, he made an impression last year with his double concert for violin and recorder Im grossen schweigen (2010), which was nominated for the Dutch Toonzetters Award 2012. De Roo is very much suited to this programme and its focus on light, as he is not only a talented composer, but also works as a musical teacher and therapist with visually impaired people. His professional experience will be mirrored in this new composition of his.
After the break, the programme is concluded with Aufgang (2012), the new violin concerto by Pacal Dusapin (1955) which premiered on 8 March 2013 in Cologne. Since his successes with Passion and Medea in 2009, Dusapin has been a welcome guest at the Holland Festival. In his piece Aufgang the light is conceived metaphorically. According to the composer himself “the violin leads the orchestra upwards, to the heavens and the light.”
Misato Mochizuki (1969) is a Japanese composer. In 1992 she received her Masters in composition at the Tokyo University of the Arts. She continued her studies with Paul Méfano and Emmanuel Nunes at the Conservatoire national supérieur de musique in Paris, graduating in 1995 with a first prize in composition. In 1996-1997 she attended Tristan Murail's programme for Composition and Computer Music at IRCAM. Her work has been awarded various Japanese and international prizes, including a Fellowship Award of the Internationale Ferienkurse für Neue Musik in Darmstadt for Si bleu, si calme in 1998, the Audience Prize at the festival Ars Musica in Brussels in 2002 for Chimera and the Otaka Award for best Japanese symphonic work in 2005 for Cloud nine. In 2008 L'heure bleue won an award at the UNESCO International Tribune of Composers, for which her work La chambre claire had already been nominated in 1999. In 2010, she received the Heidelberger Künstlerinnenpreis. In her often colourful music Mochizuki combines western and Asian music traditions in an original way. Her oeuvre covers orchestral works and works for ensemble, an opera and music for three films. Mochizuki lectured in composition in Caracas, Darmstadt, Takefu, Royaumont and at the conservatory in Amsterdam. Since 2007 she has been teaching at the Meiji Gakuin University in Tokyo.
Régis Campo (1968) is one of the most prominent French composers of his generation. He studied composition with Georges Boeuf at the conservatory of his home town Marseille and philosophy at university in Aix-en-Provence. He continued his studies with Gérard Grisey at the Conservatoire national supérieur de musique in Paris, where he won first prize in composition in 1995. In 1996 he won the Gaudeamus International Prize for Composition for Commedia and three prizes at the Henri Dutilleux Concours. In 1999 he received the Hervé Dugardin Prize and was awarded the Pierre Cardin Prize by the French Académie des Beaux-Arts. In 2005, Campo was granted the Sacem Prize for young composers and the Georges Bizet Prize. From 1999 until 2001 he was composer in residence at the Villa Medici of the French Academy in Rome. Campo's oeuvre consists of works for orchestra, choir, chamber ensemble and solo instruments. The orchestral work Lumen was premiered in 2001 by the Berkeley Symphony Orchestra under Kent Nagano. Lumen II for orchestra was first performed in 2006 at the Festival Besançon by the chamber orchestra Pelléas under Benjamin Levy. Campo's Second Symphony ‘Moz’art’ premiered in 2005 at the Théâtre des Champs Elysées with the Ensemble Orchestral de Paris led by John Nelson. In 2008, Campo composed an orchestration of Erik Satie's Sports et divertissements for theMontréal Symphony Orchestra under Nagano. He has also worked with the English soprano Felicity Lott, conductor Marc Minkowski and the Musiciens du Louvre. For his CD Pop-art he won a Coup de cœur-Charles Cros as well as the Grand Prix Lycéen in 2006. His recent works include the Fourth String Quartet Energy/Fly (2010) and Color! (2011) for orchestra.
Matijs de Roo (1977) studied classical piano with Benno Pierwijer and Cristo Iliev and composition with David Rowland at the conservatory of Enschede. After gruadation in 2002, he continued his studies in composition with Diderik Wagenaar and Martijn Padding at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague. From 2003 he followed the two year Masters programme with Klaas de Vries at the conservatory of Rotterdam. At his graduation he received a special 'prize for composition'. De Roo also attended masterclasses by Pascal Dusapin and other composers. In 2000 De Roo won the Dutch 'NOG-jonge' composer prize for his orchestral work Lines concerning the unknown soldier, performed by the Netherlands Ballet Orchestra at the Beurs van Berlage in Amsterdam. Since 1999 de Roo has been working frequently with recorder player Erik Bosgraaf. On the occasion of Bosgraaf winning the Nederlandse Muziekprijs (Dutch Music Award) in 2011, De Roo composed Im grossen Schweigen, a double concert for recorder, violin and orchestra, which was performed by Erik Bosgraaf, Gordan Nikolic and the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra. Im grossen Schweigen was selected for the Dutch Toonzettersprijs 2012 and was performed later that year at the Holland Festival by The Hague Philharmonic led by Reinbert de Leeuw and with soloists Erik Bosgraaf and Simone Lamsma. De Roo's music has been performed by, amongst others, the Nieuw Ensemble, the Asko Ensemble, the New Music Players, Quator Diotima, piano duo Post and Mulder, duo Bosgraaf & Elias and the Doelen Ensemble.
James MacMillan is one of today’s most successful living composers and is also internationally active as a conductor. His musical language is flooded with influences from his Scottish heritage, Catholic faith, social conscience and close connection with Celtic folk music, blended with influences from Far Eastern, Scandinavian and Eastern European music. MacMillan first became internationally recognised after the extraordinary success of The Confession of Isobel Gowdie at the BBC Proms in 1990.
His major works include percussion concerto Veni, Veni, Emmanuel, which has received more than 400 performances, a cello concerto for Mstislav Rostropovich, large scale choral-orchestral work Quickening, and three symphonies. Recent major works include his St John Passion, the Violin Concerto and his Piano Concerto No 3, Mysteries of Light.
MacMillan enjoys a flourishing career as conductor of his own music alongside a range of contemporary and standard repertoire. He is Principal Guest Conductor of the Netherlands Radio Kamer Filharmonie and was Composer/Conductor of the BBC Philharmonic from 2000-2009; he has conducted orchestras such as the Baltimore Symphony, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Munich Philharmonic, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Vienna Radio Symphony, Danish Radio Symphony, Gothenburg Symphony, Toronto Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic and NHK Symphony Orchestra among others.
MacMillan is Composer in Residence at the 2012 Grafenegg Festival, the co-commissioners of his new choral-orchestral piece Credo. During the 2012/13 season, MacMillan’s music is the focus of the Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra’s Spektrum Artist series.
James MacMillan has directed many of his own works on disc, most recently a disc featuring MacMillan’s violin concerto A Deep but Dazzling Darkness and percussion concerto Veni, Veni, Emmanuel with Colin Currie and the Netherlands Radio Kamer Filharmonie. Other recent releases include an LSO Live disc of his St John Passion with the London Symphony Orchestra under Sir Colin Davis, a live recording of his opera The Sacrifice from its premiere performance by the Welsh National Opera in 2007, and a Grammy-nominated disc of Sun-Dogs and Visitatio Sepulchri with the Netherlands Radio Kamer Filharmonie and Choir.
MacMillan has received the Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE) in January 2004.
Pascal Dusapin was born in Nancy in 1955. He is regarded as one of the most important living French composers. Like his former teacher Iannis Xenakis he takes great interest in science and engineering. In the 1970's he studied arts and aesthetics as well as physics at the Sorbonne. He also attended the seminars of Xenakis there. Both Xenakis and Donatoni had a deep influence on Dusapin's early works, but he gradually developed his own unique style characterised by a passion for microtonality, the superposition of atonal complexes and variations on Greek tetrachords. Dusapin has a definite predilection for instruments that can imitate the human voice, such as wind instruments and bowed string instruments, whereas he has written markedly little for the piano. Over three decades he has created a large body of work which includes opera, chamber music, choral music and orchestral music. He has received many prizes in his career, including a residency at the Villa Medici in Rome (1981-1983), the Prize of the Académie des Beaux-Arts (1993), the Grand Prix National de Musique (1995) and the Victoire de la Musique (1998) for his CD recording of, amongst other pieces, his ‘operatorio’ La Melancholia, published by Montaigne. In 2002 he was voted Composer of the Year. In 2006 his English language opera Faustus, the last night premiered in Berlin. A year before, in 2005, he was made a Commandeur des Arts et des Lettres; and in 2007 he received the Dan David Prize. Dusapin lectures at the Collège de France in Paris. In 2009 he was 'composer in focus' at the Holland Festival, with the Dutch premieres of La Melancholia (1992), Medea (2007) and Passion (2008).
Renaud Capuçon (1976) is a French violinist. At the age of fourteen he entered the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Paris, where he studied with Gérard Poulet. He was a member of the Youth Orchestra of the European Union and from 1997, at the invitation of Claudio Abbado, he was concertmaster at the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra for three years. As a soloist he has since performed with the major orchestras in the world under conductors including Pierre Boulez, Daniel Barenboim, Bernard Haitink and Gustavo Dudamel. As a chamber musician he has played with Nicholas Angelich, Jérôme Ducros, Frank Braley, Hélène Grimaud, Gérard Caussé and with his brother, the cellist Gautier Capuçon. In 1996 he founded the chamber music festival Rencontres Artistiques de Bel-Air in La Ravoire, near his home town of Chambéry. Until its demise in 2010, many renowned musicians performed here, including Jean-Pierre Wallez, Michel Dalberto, Martha Argerich, Emmanuel Pahud, Mischa Maisky and Marielle and Katia Labèque. In 1995 Capuçon received an award from the Akademie der Künste in Berlin. In 2000 he was voted new talent of the year at the awards festival Victoires de la Musique, and in 2005 he was voted instrumental soloist of the year. In 2006, Sacem awarded him the Georges Enesco Prize for violin. In 2011 he was raised to 'chevalier' in the French National Order of Merit. He has recorded violin concertos by Schumann and Mendelssohn with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra under Daniel Harding and in 2012 he released a CD of violin concertos by Brahms and Berg, with Harding and the Wiener Philharmoniker. Capuçon plays on the ‘Panette’, a violin built by Guarneri in 1737, which belonged to Isaac Stern.
Visual Kitchen was founded in the late 1990's by Jurgen van Gemert and Sam Vanoverschelde. Initially, they performed predominantly as VJs at dance and underground parties in Belgium, with the Cybertheatre in Brussels as their base. In 2003 they had a residency at the Concertgebouw in Bruges, which proved a turning point in their artistic approach. There, they created visual interpretations of avant-garde works such as Karlheinz Stockhausen's Pole and Laborintus II by Luciano Berio. Visual Kitchen call themselves 'an audiovisual art factory with many faces', pushing the boundaries of audiovisual live performance and video art. Today, the collective operates as a turning wheel in a network of collaborations. The production department of Visual Kitchen has created music videos, live shows and commercials, and contributed to the organisation of audiovisual events. Visual Kitchen programmes and books VJs and collaborates with a broad range of contemporary musicians, from the Belgian jazz musician Marc Moulin to contemporary composers. The collective is also part of the artistic organisation of the Cinematics festival. Visual Kitchen contributed to various Holland Festival productions, including Jonathan Harvey's Mortuos plango, vivos voco in 2010 and Kraanerg by Iannis Xenakis in 2011.
The Netherlands Radio Chamber Philharmonic is a versatile orchestra that can perform with varying instrumentations, ranging from a baroque ensemble to an ensemble for contemporary music. Due to budget cuts the Netherlands Radio Chamber Philharmonic will sadly cease to exist from 1 August 2013. From 2005 to 2010 Jaap van Zweden was chief conductor and artistic director. Since the start of the 2011-2012 season the Danish conductor Michael Schønwandt has taken over and James MacMillan has joined as one of the permanent guest conductors of the orchestra. The other permanent guest directors are Frans Brüggen, who from 2007 has also been honorary conductor, and Philippe Herreweghe. The Netherlands Radio Chamber Philharmonic makes an important contribution to the programme series of the ZaterdagMatinee, the Zondagochtend Concert and the Robeco Summer Concerts at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, the Vrijdag van Vredenburg in Utrecht and NTR maakt hoorbaar (NTR makes audible) at the Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ. All these concerts are broadcast via Radio 4 in the Netherlands. The orchestra also frequently performs in the educational series De Magische Muziekfabriek (The Magic Music Factory) in Vredenburg, the Gaudeamus Music Week in Utrecht and the Holland Festival. At the Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ the orchestra played world premieres including works by Pete Harden, Florian Maier, Peter Adriaansz, Bob Zimmerman and Peter Maxwell Davies. The Netherlands Radio Chamber Philharmonic also plays more traditional repertoire. Their varied CD catalogue includes works by Beethoven, Tristan Keuris, Haydn, Stravinsky, Henk Badings and Otto Ketting. At the Toonzetters festival in 2008, the orchestra received the Muziekgebouwprijs for the premiere of Richard Rijnvos' NYConcerto earlier that year. In 2011 the Netherlands Radio Chamber Philharmonic performed the Queen's Day Concert at the Royal Palace Noordeinde led by Jaap van Zweden. Their 2012 CD with music by James MacMillan was awarded 10 out of 10 three times by the German classical music website Klassik Heute.