Helena Rasker, mezzosoprano ~ photo copyright joris jan bos fotografie
Helena Rasker, mezzosoprano ~ photo copyright joris jan bos fotografie
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Songs of Sir Edward Elgar  ~    Een sprookje voorbij  ~    From Alma to Gustav
Rainer Maria Rilke   ~    Julius Röntgen and Edvard Grieg   ~    Chez Aubert
Deep River   ~    Brief Encounter
Portrait Korngold   ~    Hermann Hesse   ~    An Evening of English Song
Zoltán Kodály  ~    Petrarca Portrait
Stephen Sondheim 75 years  ~    Franz Schreker versus Peter-Jan Wagemans
An evening with Iván Fischer and Matthias Kadar
The life of Heinrich Heine   ~    ‘Circles’
Leonard Bernstein and his unforgettable songs

Amanda Roocroft, soprano
Konrad Jarnot, baritone
Reinild Mees, piano
Miranda Lakerveld, art direction

  Originally celebrating the 150th anniversary of Elgar's birth these concerts present a selection of Elgar's songs accompanied with a presentation of paintings by Elgar's contemporaries. The complete songs have also appeared on the CD label Channel Classics.

Claudia Barainsky, soprano
Pascal Pittie, tenor
Reinild Mees, piano
Serge van Veggel, direction

  A staging of songs by Karol Szymanowski (1882-1937).

Maria Riccarda Wessling, mezzo soprano
Tom Jansen, actor
Reinild Mees, piano
Frans Weisz, direction

  Alma Mahler was a composer in the shadow of her demanding husband Gustav. This program places her songs in the history of their turbulent marriage.


  Lieder by Frank Martin, Paul Hindemith, Alma Mahler, Alban Berg, Louis Durey, Leon Orthel, Dmitri Shostakovich, Leonard Bernstein, Samuel Barber, Karlheinz Stockhausen and Peter Eben based on the texts of German poet Rainer Maria Rilke.
Margriet van Reisen, mezzo soprano, Martijn Sanders, baritone, Reinild Mees, piano and Klaus Bertisch, dramaturge/director


  The extensive correspondence between Julius Röntgen and Edvard Grieg throughout the years discloses candid commentary about each other's compositions, other composers and their colorful experiences on a musical, cultural and political level. With Mattijs van de Woerd and Henk Neven, baritones, Reinild Mees, piano, Tom Jansen, actor, Frans Weisz, director and Marleen Prins, dramaturge


  In Café ‘Chez Aubert’, two Parisiennes make a disturbing discovery while enjoying their ‘café au lait’….. Johannette Zomer, soprano, Helena Rasker, mezzo soprano with lieder and chansons by Louis Aubert, Cl. Debussy, W. Pijper, H. Bosmans, J. Kosma, D.Milhaud, E. Satie, F.Poulenc, M.Ravel and others. Director Frans Weisz, dramaturge Marleen Prins, accompanist Reinild Mees

  ‘DEEP RIVER’ – chansons de négresse

  At the beginning of the 20th century many composers such as George Gershwin, Maurice Ravel, Darius Milhaud, Wilhelm Grosz, Erich Zeisl, Kurt Weill and Alexander von Zemlinsky were inspired by the Afro- American culture. Tinuke Olafimihan, soprano, Ruby Philogene, mezzo soprano and Reinild Mees, piano, perform the works of these composers combined with original Afro-American worksongs: negro-spirituals.


  A collage of songs and lieder intertwined with dialogues from the film 'Brief Encounter'. The music of Leonard Bernstein, Charles Ives, Kurt Weill, Joseph Kosma, Samuel Barber, Olivier Messiaen and Francis Poulenc escalates into an exciting plot….Thomas Oliemans, baritone and Jannie Pranger, soprano with Reinild Mees, piano. The direction is in hands of the famous film director Frans Weisz, assisted by dramaturge Marleen Prins.


  A selection of expressionist lieder, which Korngold wrote in Vienna, combined with a semi-staged performance of “Shakespeare’s Women, Clowns and Songs”, which he composed in Hollywood.
Mezzo soprano Monique Scholten and baritone Quirijn de Lang are accompanied by pianist Reinild Mees. Direction by Brent Krysa. Pre-concert talk by culture historian Caspar Wintermans.

  HERMANN HESSE (1877-1962) : A synthesis of music, painting and poetry

  Poet Hermann Hesse, a quintessential classical music lover, was an inspiration to many composers such as Ylnö Kilpinen, Othmar Schoeck, Gottfried Von Einem and Richard Strauss (the famous Four Last Songs). This program by Marisca Mulder,soprano, Marcel Reijans, tenor and Reinild Mees, piano, couples the most beautiful Hesse settings with a slide show of his watercolor art. Hesse's poems are recited by Ruud van der Meer.

  AN EVENING OF ENGLISH SONG - two tenors in the footsteps of Peter Pears

  A complete English programme of lieder and duets by Benjamin Britten, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Roger Quilter and Thomas Adès, based on texts of authors such as Shakespeare. The favorite repertoire of the legendary tenor Peter Pears.
With Marcel Reijans and Marcel Beekman, tenors and Reinild Mees, piano

  ZOLTÁN KODÁLY   Hungarian composer

  Iván Fischer, conductor and narrator, performs with the National Youth Choir works of Zoltán Kodály. Anna Korondi, soprano and Reinild Mees, piano, join them in interpreting works of this celebrated Hungarian composer, who deserves more recognition for his outstanding artistry.


  Born around 700 years ago, Petrarca inspired many lied composers throughout the centuries, from Schubert and Liszt to more recent composers such as Pfitzner, Glazoenov, Pizzetti, Castelnuovo-Tedesco and Nino Rota. Marcel Reijans, tenor, Marcel Boone, baritone and Reinild Mees, piano, celebrate Petrarca together with Maarten Elzinga, lecturer and Mirjam Grote Gansey, decor design.

Monique Scholte, mezzo soprano
Terence Mierau, tenor
Marcel Worms and Reinild Mees, piano
Brent Krysa, director
René Boogaard, introduction

  Stephen Sondheim, world famous for composing Sweeney Todd and the text of West Side Story, turns 75 this year. The combination of mezzo soprano Monique Scholte and tenor Terence Mierau promises an evening of swinging performances of a selection of Sondheim's works. Canadian stage director Brent Krysa will also portray the more intimate atmosphere of Sondheim's songs through his staging. The program will be introduced by René Boogaard, one of Holland's foremost experts on the life and works of Sondheim. Just as the original arrangements, the accompaniment will be performed by two pianists.

Konrad Jarnot, baritone
Helena Rasker, mezzo soprano
Reinild Mees, piano
Caspar Wintermans interviews Peter-Jan Wagemans

  Peter-Jan Wagemans (1952), one of Holland's most famous present day composers, sees himself as an outspoken European composer responsible for developing and renewing European musical traditions. A composer who saw himself in a similar light was Franz Schreker (1878 – 1934). Wagemans greatly admired Schreker and even used his works as a source of inspiration for some of his compositions. In this programme the ideas and lieder of both composers are heard together.

Cora Burggraaf, soprano
Reinild Mees, piano
Nationaal Jeugdkoor with conductor Iván Fischer
Guido Segers, trumpet
Joan Berkhemer, violin
Nadia David, cello
Ákos Ács, clarinet
Gabi Pivon, flute

  Based in The Netherlands, composers Iván Fischer and Matthias Kadar share the spotlight in this programme. Iván Fischer is well known as conductor of internationally famous orchestras such as the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and as founder and conductor of the Budapest Festival Orchestra. The young composer Matthias Kadar (1977) received his musical training in The Netherlands and studied with Dutch composers such as Theo Loevendie. In this program Iván Fischer will conduct the National Youth Chorus in premières of new works of both composers, including the première of Fischer’s Felix Meritis-cantate and a new composition of Kadar for voice and instruments.

Olaf Bär, baritone
Reinild Mees, piano
Klaus Bertisch, director

  A scenic performance about the great German romantic poet Heinrich Heine, in celebration of the 150th anniversary of his death. The famous German baritone Olaf Bär will play Heine and perform songs by Schubert, Robert and Clara Schumann, Mendelssohn, Brahms, Wolf and Liszt and by 20th century composers such as Alban Berg, Alexander von Zemlinsky, Alma Mahler, Bruno Walter, Paul Dessau, Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Henriëtte Bosmans, Wilhelm Killmayer and Charles Ives.

Young-Hee Kim, soprano
Joan Berkhemer, violin
Nadia David, cello
Gabi Pivon, flute
Alexei Ogrintchouk, oboe
Reinild Mees, piano
Mirjam Grote Gansey, set

  Six chamber musicians ‘from all over the world’ (Korea/Spain, Romania, Hungary, Russia, Netherlands) unite together in this programme in which every musician contributes the music of a composer from his/her own country. Compositions of Joaquin Turina, Georges Enescu, Alphons Diepenbrock, Leo Smit, Antal Dorati, Isang Yun, György Kurtág and Dmitri Shostakovich. The musicians will perform in different formations in a specially designed set: ‘Circles’.

Claron McFadden, soprano
Tania Kross, mezzo soprano
Mark Tevis, tenor
Reinild Mees, piano and comments
Guido Segers, trumpet

  Leonard Bernstein, the world-famous conductor and composer, knew how to incorporate American jazz music into the European classical tradition. In this programme the Spotlight is directed on his songs. A ‘Songfest’ performed by the best, most spirited American and Caribbean singers. Commenting from behind the piano, as Bernstein did himself in his television shows during the sixties. Instrumental interludes for trumpet and piano.



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