The Concertgebouw orchestra will now play Dutch

The Concertgebouw orchestra will now play Dutch


norman lebrecht

November 24, 2020

The orchestra is turning inwards during lockdown:

On Sunday 6 December the Concertgebouworkest will be streaming solely post-war music from the Netherlands. The concert streams themed Play Dutch with Me will appear on and the Facebook and YouTube pages of the orchestra.
At 5 p.m. CET Kees van Baaren’s Septet will be streamed, as performed by musicians of the Concertgebouworkest.
At 8.30 p.m. CET the orchestra will be streaming a concert under the direction of Dutch conductor Antony Hermus, with the world premieres of newly commissioned works by young composers Celia Swart and Bram Kortekaas and works by Louis Andriessen and Tristan Keuris. Soprano Katrien Baerts, harpist Remy van Kesteren and percussionist Dominique Vleeshouwers join the orchestra as soloists.
On the website and the YouTube channel of the Conservatorium van a collaboration concert will be streamed at 3 p.m. CET, with Kees van Baarens Septet by musicians of the Concertgebouworkest and works by other Dutch composers performed by students of the conservatoires of Amsterdam and The Hague.



  • RW2013 says:

    Any Borstlap?

  • Normal. And it’s important to know that the RCO continues to have a very big part of the members who are Dutchs. I’am not sure but it’s maybe one half of the members

  • John Borstlap says:

    Here’s Van Baaren’s Septet (1952) which was a revelation to a whole generation of young postwar composers in Holland:

    Ambitious youngsters got extatic of this piece that moved them to tears of liberated enthusiasm. At last Schoenberg’s spirit had landed, belatedly, in the Low Countries.

    • John Borstlap says:


      The delays are caused by the country’s topography: a couple of meters under sea level. Ideas, if heavy enough and born on higher plateaux, get active in their direct environment, and in the course of time slowly roll down to lower areas, and when all corners of Europe have been filled with their remnants, they finally sip into Holland. So, it is not a process of active commitment, but of a process of passive entropy (the degradation of the matter and energy in the universe to an ultimate state of inert uniformity).