Vintage classical CD: Clara Wieck Trio

No need to start searching for this CD by the Clara Wieck Trio. It was produced in 1990, at Sandhausen; with Rudolf Bayer as producer. I bought it slightly later, at the annual Utrecht Early Music Festival.

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Cellists, music, literature – at Branoul

Fanny Mendelssohn’s music was – dare one say ‘of course’ – not played during this literary evening. A few compositions by her brother were – dare one add ‘of course’. Regardless; this literary evening during which cellists and music took center-stage, was of course a huge success.
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Not enough in the spotlight: female composers

Girl in the Spotlight? Other women continue to be overlooked. At The Hague’s recent ‘Februari Festival‘, two female musicians still had to share the spotlight with brother, husband. The festival’s theme: brother and sister Mendelssohn; husband and wife Schumann.

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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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Castello Consort can’t cope with criticism

By now, they have been reported. But just a warning, if like me, you are a culture journalist. Some musicians can’t take criticism – even if it is not directed at them and journalists are merely citing other people.

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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 9: Castello Consort

No idea why the locals often automatically get praised. National pride versus not enough knowledge of and exposure to what is happening in the wider world?

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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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