The Utrecht Early Music Festival may have ended; other festivals continue, will start, are scheduled. Some ensembles may have said goodbye or farewell to Utrecht, they will perform elsewhere.
My last fringe concert of this year’s Early Music Festival was another pot-luck affair. The fringe ticket boot had two last cards for an afternoon fringe concert. The ensemble was called Fabridoen and according to the festival’s mini-brochure, they were to perform chansons.
My first fringe concert during this year’s Early Music Festival was a performance by Alter Ego. This ensemble consists of Eleonora Biscevic and Arianna Radaelli. This was apparently, the ensemble’s first performance at this festival.
As mentioned before, like many other early music fans, I can no longer reach the Utrecht Early Music Festival’s fringe ticket boot in time. You need to visit this boot early morning, before concerts start, to obtain tickets for most free fringe concerts. This is the reason, I no longer post four or more times a day during this festival.
The first fringe concert I attended at Utrecht’s Early Music Festival, had been full of Schumann? This year’s festival theme is Naples? Italian music next; with Trio Rosa Mundi from Basel!
The first day I was able to attend Utrecht’s Early Music Festival was Saturday. Though taking place in the middle of the Netherlands, temperatures were decidedly Italian, if not utterly Neapolitan. The country’s national “heatwave emergency plan” had been set into motion and was expected to last till at least Wednesday.
The annual Utrecht Early Music Festival kicked off Friday 23rd of August. If you are in the Netherlands and lovee early music, classical music: it runs till Sunday 1st of September 2019. As usual: each festival day is full of workshops, lectures, concerts and this year’s theme is Naples.
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.
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.
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.