By Roy Lie Tjam
Soon the coronavirus restrictions are to be lifted, The Hague Philharmonic Orchestra (Residentie orkest) took the stage on Friday 11 February 2022 for what may well be the last orchestral concert under coronavirus restrictions.
With the masterly of Brahms, the colourfulness of Stravinsky and the spectacular sounds of Walton, this is a fitting way to describe the “Kleurrijke Klanken” concert.
The concert was an excellent opportunity to get acquainted with the guest conductor Nuno Coelho. What is more, the renowned Nicolas Altstaedt joined as a cello soloist.
The One Minute Symphony phenomena. It’s a Residentie Orkest project. A composition student from the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague takes to the streets to contact residents in one of the city’s neighbourhoods. Subsequently, a symphony of one minute is composed that will premiere later. A personal story of a resident of The Hague is turned into music.
It has by all means been a dazzling concert.
Featuring on the program:
Nuno Coelho, conductor (Guest conductor of Orquestra Gulbenkian- Lisboa)
Nicolas Altstaedt: cello
Max van Platen: One Minute Symphony: Dance of the magpie. Composition student Max van Platen went looking for inspiration for his One Minute Symphony in the Kunstmuseum. Here he spoke to Doede Hardeman, Head of Collections at the museum, about Constant’s work ‘the Blue Flame’. In particular, the idea of rearranging the world and achieving a utopia where one can have a free spirit appealed to Max.
Brahms: Haydn–Variationen im Sommer op.56a
Walton: Cello concert 1956, Tema ed improvvisazioni.
- L’oiseau de Feu
- L’Oiseau de Feu Et Sa Danse
- Variations de L’Oiseau de Feu
- Pantomime I
- Pas de Deux – L’Oiseau de Feu Et Ivan Tsarevitch
- Pantomime II
- Scherzo – Danse Des Princesses
- Pantomime III
- Ronde Des Princesses
- Danse Infernale Du Roi Kastchei
After the last piece in the program, the audience stood up in a standing ovation. It was a delightful program, colourful, virtuoso and exciting.