NTR ZaterdagMatinee The enigmatic Vivier

Met Reinbert de Leeuw (dirigent) en Katrien Baerts (sopraan)

CLAUDE VIVIER
Zipangu
Pulau Dewata (arr. Arnold Marinissen)
Wo bist du licht! 
Lonely Child
REZA NAMAVAR
Tiare Tahiti - world première, commissioned by Asko|Schönberg, with te support of Performing Arts Fund NL

ASKO|SCHÖNBERG
SLAGWERK DEN HAAG
ENSEMBLE ACADEMIE
conductor Reinbert de Leeuw
soprano Katrien Baerts
mezzo soprano Barbara Kozelj

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Saturday, 29 February 2020
14:15 hours
NTR ZaterdagMatinee
Amsterdam
Concertgebouw, Grote Zaal

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The intriguing Claude Vivier, a Canadian composer who sought inspiration in South East Asia and the Middle East, is the focus of this concert by Reinbert de Leeuw. The Dutch–Iranian composer Reza Namavar is writing a new work.

Over ten years ago, conductor Reinbert de Leeuw thrust into the limelight the work of the enigmatic Canadian composer Claude Vivier, a man who predicted his own death in his final composition. Uniting the influences of his teacher Karlheinz Stockhausen, the French spectralists and the folk music of Java, Bali and Iran, his music is still considered far from mainstream even today. The NTR Saturday Matinee is focusing extensively on several of his masterpieces in which an obsession with death is perhaps the most important theme. Reza Namavar, a Dutch composer with Iranian roots, was commissioned to write a new work specially for this concert. Having composed Versnelheijdsbinderh for the Saturday Matinee in 2014, Namavar, whose work is characterised by ‘freedom, hearty audacity and a completely open mind’, was the recipient of the very first biennial Willem Breuker Prize in 2017. So, you’ve been warned!