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biogrAPhieS The chAmber muSic AuSTrAliA collAborATion wiTh The Schönberg enSemble Barbara Hannigan Chamber Music Australia One of the driving thoughts behind Chamber This Melbourne visit from The Schönberg Soprano Music Australia’s concerts for Melbourne Ensemble is important. The Ensemble is Chamber Music Australia (CMA) is a not-for- International Arts Festival is ‘good’ music. I’m passionate about collaboration and I am Canadian soprano Barbara Hannigan received profit organisation committed to improving the referring here to works that musicians want to delighted that its members will perform with her Bachelor of Music (1993) and Master of standard of chamber music in Australia. play; pieces that have something strong to say students from the Australian National Academy Music (1998) degrees from the University of and that often do not receive the hearing that of Music in a unique chamber orchestra Toronto and undertook further study at the Banff This mission is realised by the presentation of the they deserve. These works may not be familiar configuration conducted by Reinbert de Leeuw. Centre for the Arts, the Steans Institute for Young prestigious Melbourne International Chamber to most audiences but I hope that this does not This experience is invaluable and is perfectly Artists at Ravinia, the Centre d’arts Orford and Music Competition and its smaller sibling, remain the case! suited to the very high calibre of the Academy’s the Royal Conservatory of The Hague. the Asia-Pacific Chamber Music Competition. musicians. These competitions provide a chance for young In line with our previous contemporary Barbara has performed many well-known Australian musicians to compare themselves chamber music series at the Festival, we have This second concert in our Festival series, operatic roles and has sung the world premiere with the very best in the world and to set the programmed works for a diverse range of performed with members of The Schönberg of operas by Louis Andriessen (Writing to benchmark for excellence in performance. ensembles to specifically allow musicians to Ensemble features the incredibly virtuosic, Vermeer), Jan van de Putte (Wet Snow) and perform together outside their usual contexts. This demanding and rarely performed Invocations: Michel van der Aa (One). She has received CMA was founded in 1989 by Sir Rupert Hamer, means that students get the chance to play with concerto for bass clarinet and chamber orchestra much acclaim for her performances of György Kenneth Tribe and Dame Elisabeth Murdoch. The professional musicians and blur the boundaries by Nigel Westlake, the Australian premiere Ligeti’s Mysteries of the Macabre, a tour de organisation presents contemporary chamber of their respective institutions. The opportunity of Dutch-born composer and pianist Louis force for soprano and orchestra which she has music to highlight the future directions of this to work with The Schönberg Ensemble – the Andriessen’s Dances: for soprano and chamber sung with Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the art form, alongside workshops and classes with renowned Dutch troupe committed to new music orchestra and Mayke Nas’ To hell!, which was Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Frankfurt guest teachers to impart knowledge to young performance – in Australia is a privilege and written to celebrate the 2000th anniversary of the Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Asko and musicians and to introduce them to international is a testament to Festival artistic director Kristy Dutch city of Nijmegen. Schönberg Ensembles of Amsterdam. educational networks. Edmunds’ belief in collaboration. www.chambermusicaustralia.com.au Works and collaborations such as these can only The Schönberg The Schönberg Ensemble’s conductor, Reinbert occur in a Festival context. It’s wonderful that de Leeuw, was a teacher in new music and we can program these concerts and broaden composition during my studies at the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague and many of my the horizons of the established chamber music repertoire. enSemble de leeuw conducTed by reinberT contemporaries joined the Ensemble in its early days. On a recent tour to Amsterdam, I visited the – Marco van Pagee, Artistic Director, Chamber Members of The Schönberg Ensemble and the Arts Centre, Hamer Hall new Muziekgebouw aan’t IJ. A chance meeting Music Australia Barbara Hannigan will also perform with with an old colleague soon led to a meeting with Thu 9 Oct at 8pm Chamber Music Australia at the administration of the Ensemble and an idea 2hr with interval Federation Square, BMW Edge was formed – that we would collaborate on a Fri 10 Oct at 8pm (Featuring Barbara Sun 12 Oct at 7pm concert in Australia. Hannigan) 1hr no interval 1hr 45min with interval Chamber Music Australia will also present a concert at the BMW Edge on Saturday 11 October. This Supported by Supported by program, devised by Marco van Pagee, features works by Morton Feldman, Nigel Westlake and György Ligeti performed by professional and student musicians from the VCA. www.askoschoenberg.nl Visit www.melbournefestival.com for more information. CMA is supported by Arts Victoria, Tourism Victoria, the City of Melbourne and numerous philanthropic individuals and foundations and its Principal Public Partner Public Partners Principal Partner, Primus Telecom. CMA is expressly grateful to the Helen Macpherson Smith Trust and the Tallis Foundation for their visionary contribution to this collaboration, as well as the Australian National Academy of Music, the School of Music, Victorian College of the Arts and the Faculty of Music, University of Melbourne. www.melbournefestival.com.au The Schönberg enSemble Thu 9 ocT AT 8Pm noTeS on The Schönberg enSemble ProgrAm biogrAPhieS When The Schönberg Ensemble and its artistic greatest impact, but his creative output has been The Schönberg Ensemble Reinbert de Leeuw Conductor Reinbert de Leeuw Louis Andriessen (1939) leader Reinbert de Leeuw were approached to enormous and includes orchestral and chamber Conductor The internationally renowned Schönberg Zilver (1994) perform two distinct programs for this year’s music in an extremely wide range of instrumental Ensemble was formed in 1974 in The Hague Ingrid Geerlings Flute John Adams (1947) Melbourne International Arts Festival, they settings. The Schönberg Ensemble would like Since its foundation in 1974 Reinbert de Leeuw by Reinbert de Leeuw, who has remained chief Evert Weidner Oboe, English Horn Chamber Symphony (1992) were asked for a repertoire that highlighted the to dedicate this concert to Mauricio Kagel, who has been conductor and music director of The conductor since this time. The Ensemble’s Marieke Schut English Horn Interval passion for what the Ensemble is and most wants passed away in September of this year. Schönberg Ensemble. He also regularly conducts repertoire, rooted in the performance of the Pierre Woudenberg Clarinet Mauricio Kagel (1931 –2008) to present. And so we have these two concerts, the foremost orchestras and ensembles of The complete chamber music of the three most Rick Huls E-flat Clarinet, Clarinet Divertimento? Farce für Ensemble (2005/2006) both different, yet both revealing a lot about this The concert on 10 October features two recent Netherlands and has toured and performed important composers of the Second Viennese Liesbeth de Jong Bass Clarinet Arnold Schönberg (1874 – 1951) acclaimed musical group. compositions again written especially for The in festivals world wide. He was guest artistic School – Arnold Schönberg, Alban Berg and Johan Steinmann Bassoon Chamber Symphony Op. 9 (1906) Schönberg Ensemble. The first is Micrographia director of the Aldeburgh Festival (1992) and Anton Webern – has gradually branched out to Hanneke Metselaar Bassoon, Contra-Bassoon On 9 October, the concert begins with music by a by Australian composer Michael Smetanin, who artistic director of the Tanglewood Festival include the non-symphonic repertoire of the entire Wim Timmermans French Horn great friend to the Ensemble and one of Europe’s studied with leading Dutch composer Louis of Contemporary Music (1994–1998). He 20th (and 21st) century. Jaap van der Vliet French Horn Fri 10 ocT AT 8Pm most eminent and influential composers, Louis Andriessen at the Royal Conservatorium in The was offered a ‘Carte Blanche-series’ by the Willem van der Vliet Trumpet Andriessen. The idea behind Zilver, as Andriessen Hague. The second is Jan van de Putte’s Uma Concertgebouw Amsterdam in 1995–1996 The Schönberg Ensemble plays in the most Toon van Ulsen Trombone, Bass Trombone Michael Smetanin (1958) himself writes “was to write a chorale variation Só Divina Linha for soprano and orchestra. and since 1997 he has been involved in the prestigious concert halls and major festivals David Kutz Tuba Micrographia (2006) as Bach did for organ – a long, slow-moving Like many works of this individualistic Dutch organisation of the Tijdgenoten-series, a throughout Europe, Canada and the United Pauline Post Piano, Harpsichord, Celesta Jan van de Putte (1959) melody, combined with the same melody played composer, Uma Só Divina Linha is a kind of contemporary music series of The Schönberg States, performs frequently on radio and televi- Gerrit Hommerson Harmonium, Synthesizer, Uma Só Divina Linha (2006) faster. The ensemble is divided into two groups: sound theatre, philosophising in tones and Ensemble and the Asko Ensemble in cooperation sion and has made many CD recordings of works Harpsichord Interval the wind and strings play the sustained melody in symbolising an existential quest. The lyrics to this with the Concertgebouw Amsterdam. by Oliver Messiaen, Galina Ustvolskaja, Klaas de Merima Kljuco Bayan György Ligeti (1923 – 2006) chorale-like four-part harmony, and the rest of the mysterious piece are from the Portuguese poet Vries and Claude Vivier. György Ligeti personally Miriam Overlach Harp Kammerkonzert (1969/1970) instruments – vibraphone, marimba and piano – Fernando Pessoa, alias Álvaro de Campos. Alongside his concert activities, Reinbert de Leeuw asked Reinbert de Leeuw and The Schönberg Ger de Zeeuw Percussion (soloist in Michael György Ligeti (1923 – 2006) play increasingly fast staccato chords.” has conducted numerous opera productions Ensemble to record all his ensemble music and Smetanin’s Micrographia) Mysteries of the Macabre (1974/1977) This second concert concludes with two works with De Nederlandse Opera and De Nationale This concert features chamber symphonies from many composers including Isang Yun, Henryk Joey Marijs Percussion (soloist in Michael from György Ligeti, a composer with whom The Reisopera. He is affiliated with the Sydney The Schönberg Ensemble’s namesake Arnold Górecki, Sofia Gubaidulina, Louis Andriessen Smetanin’s Micrographia) Schönberg Ensemble collaborated intensively Symphony Orchestra as artistic adviser for their Schönberg and from American composer John and Mauricio Kagel have dedicated works to the Joe Puglia Violin Sun 12 ocT AT 7Pm Adams. Written for 15 instruments and lasting until his death in 2006. Ligeti was an adventurer Ensemble. contemporary music series and is a regular guest Wim de Jong Violin chAmber muSic AuSTrAliA wiTh in form and expression and a great visionary of in most European countries, the United States 22 minutes, Chamber Symphony from Adams Susanne van Els Viola (soloist in Mayke Nas’ To memberS oF The Schönberg contemporary music. His richly varied output was and Japan. bears a suspicious resemblance to its eponymous In September 2006 The Schönberg Ensemble hell!) enSemble characterised by fresh and unorthodox ideas and predecessor, the Opus 9 of Schönberg but was released the Schönberg Ensemble Edition, an Hans Woudenberg Cello throughout his career he moved far away from Reinbert has won many awards and was also inspired by American cartoon music. As anniversary CD and DVD box with 22 CDs and Quirijn van Regteren Altena Double Bass Conducted by Reinbert de Leeuw aesthetic trends and methods. appointed Honorary Doctor at the University of Adams describes it, “Despite all the good three DVDs as a record of the group’s 30 years of Utrecht in 1994. In 2002 he received an Edison humour, my Chamber Symphony turned out to performing. With Vocal Soloist Barbara Hannigan Soprano Nigel Westlake (1958) Invocations: concerto for Canadian soprano Barbara Hannigan joins Award for the first CD of Teldecs’ ‘Ligeti Project’. be shockingly difficult to play. It is linear and bass clarinet and chamber orchestra (1995) The Schönberg Ensemble as vocal soloist for Since 2003 he has conducted the Dutch National chromatic and the instruments are asked to Recent highlights for the Ensemble include the Photos Co Broerse & Gerrit Schreurs Dean Newcomb Bass Clarinet this second program. She is well-known for her Youth Orchestra (NJO), of which he is also the negotiate unreasonably difficult passages and celebration of Mauricio Kagel’s 75th birthday and Louis Andriessen (1939) Dances (1991) performances of Ligeti’s work. In particular she music director, at their ‘NJO Summer Academy’. alarmingly fast tempi, often to the inexorable click the sold out concert in Amsterdam with Barbara Barbara Hannigan Soprano has received much acclaim for her performances Reinbert de Leeuw wrote Im wunderschönen of the trap set. But therein, I suppose, lies the Sukowa and Reinbert de Leeuw performing Im Both works performed by student musicians from of his Mysteries of the Macabre, which she has Monat Mai - ‘Dreimal sieben Lieder nach perverse charm of the piece.” wunderschönen Monat Mai – ‘Dreimal sieben the ANAM and members of The Schönberg sung with The Schönberg Ensemble, Toronto Schumann und Schubert’, which premiered in Lieder nach Schumann und Schubert’. Ensemble Imagination, originality and humour are the Symphony Orchestra, the Finnish Radio 2003 and has since been performed many times Mayke Nas (1972) To hell! (2005/2008) hallmarks of the work of German artist Mauricio Symphony Orchestra, the Frankfurt Radio by The Schönberg Ensemble with the German Performed by members of The Schönberg Kagel whose Divertimento was written specifically Symphony Orchestra and the Chamber Music actress Barbara Sukowa to great popular and Ensemble for The Schönberg Ensemble and completes Society of Lincoln Center in New York and which critical acclaim. In September 2008, De Leeuw the first concert program. Kagel’s name may features in this concert. was named a member of the Order of the be most readily associated with music theatre, These notes contain content reproduced thanks to Louis Andriessen Netherlands Lion which recognises exceptional the genre on which he has perhaps exerted the and www.earbox.com achievement and service in all professions.
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