Branoul’s ‘Wiener Kaffeehaus’

When news started to buzz, there would be a “Wiener Café” – or rather Wiener Kaffeehaus – evening at Branoul, free tickets for the pay-what-you-want performance sold out in no time. Friends, leaving it till too late, were disappointed. Their only option was, to try get tickets for the performance at an Amsterdam theater, a day later.

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Utrecht Early Music Festival 12: Artem Belogurov

It was nice to have as last concert of the day, a performance by Mr. Belogurov. He may nearly be dubbed “an old hand”. He regularly performs in the Netherlands and it was not the first time I had the good fortune, to hear him at the Utrecht Early Music Festival.

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Utrecht Early Music Festival 11: Silva Norvegica

The volunteers had locked the door and were struggling with the Early Music Festival banner. It kept folding, rolling tight and likely with a sharp, nasty snap. The public waited patiently and looked on. We were locked out, but the glass wall gave us a view of the struggle. Members of Silva Norvegica and instruments turned up, each time having to knock on the door to be allowed in.

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Utrecht Early Music Festival 10: The judges are out

While queueing for Silva Norvegic’s fringe concert, I overheard the conversation mentioned in the previous post. Just one remark to the spammer: read articles, posts, remarks, before you decide who is on the receiving end of criticism and why.

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Utrecht Early Music Festival 8: Ensemble Hesperi

KuuB’s owner Mr. Jaap Roëll, introduced Scottish ensemble “Hesperi”. Their fringe concert took place in his art gallery. Tickets for this concert had completely sold out. Even extra seats provided by volunteers and the owner for people without tickets queuing to attend, were not enough to seat all! The last few people without tickets had to be turned away – and sadly, they missed a wonderful fringe concert. A truly fabulous concert!

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Utrecht Early Music Festival 7: So”What’s new?”

The short “What’s new?” series of lectures are half-hour presentations by musicians who present their research. It is a new feature of the Early Music Festival and takes place nearly each festival day. The talks take place in Herz, at Tivoli-Vredenburg and start at 18:30.

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Utrecht Early Music Festival 5: Aleksander Mocek

The last fringe concert of the day, was another Fabulous one – in every respect. The instrument was one of my favorites. Musician Aleksander Mocek would proof to be as excellent and fabulous as the Hieronymous ensemble. No better way to conclude a perfect, rosy warm summer day in scenic Utrecht, filled with wonderful music, than with an outstanding and engaging performance.

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Utrecht Early Music Festival 5: Smith, Hewitt & Macias

No names of composers, but of the musicians of this ensemble. They focused on works by Walther, Mayer, Telemann and Händel. They aimed to create the illusion of a garden waking up to a perfect summer day, complete with dewy roses and plenty of bird-song. The early morning was followed by drowsy noon and the perfect afternoon. A kind of synopsis of an Early Music Festival day.

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