Rome, de Eeuwige Stad
Children at play, statues of marble, picturesque piazzas, Roman legions, and dark catacombs. In his orchestral masterpiece Pini di Roma, Ottorino Respighi paints a colourful portrait of his favourite city, Rome, as seen from the perspective of, you guessed it, the pine trees! These ancient pini adorn the absolute hot spots of Rome, such as the Via Appia and the Villa Borghese. If only they could tell their treasure troves of stories!
“Respighi paints with the imagination like none other”.
Roger Niese (clarinet) about Pini di Roma
A symphonic spectacle like this is in the best hands with guest conductor Jun Märkl. The renowned classical music magazine Gramophone praises him for the “magical colours and rich structures” he is able to conjure up from the orchestra. And there is more storytelling going on with the romantic composer Richard Strauss. He composed about the mischief of that famed rapscallion, Till Eulenspiegel. The French master composers Ravel and Dutilleux were inspired by stories of war and liberation to write the most intense music about the ephemeral and the love for life. En passant, Dutilleux brings an emotional ode to war heroine Anne Frank. Orchestral colours in optima forma!
Le Tombeau de Couperin
The Shadows of Time
Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche
Pini di Roma
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Leden van het Nationaal Jeugdkoor