Nieuw Amsterdams Peil (photo Maarten van der Kamp)


Nieuw Amsterdams Peil
Sun 13 Apr 2025 16:00 - 17:15
Sun 13 Apr 2025
16:00 - 17:15
  • Sun 13 Apr 2025
    16:00 - 17:15
    Kleine Zaal


Edmund Finnis Brother
Edmund Finnis Sister 
Thomas Adès Piano Quintet 
Oliver Knussen Ophelia’s Last Dance 
Richard Ayres No. 38 (Three Small Pieces for String Quartet)


Nieuw Amsterdams Peil:
Heleen Hulst, Emma Breedveld violin
Elisabeth Smalt viola
Mick Stirling cello
Gerard Bouwhuis piano

British music with tongue-in-cheek

British humour is celebrated for its satire, self-mockery, play on words, absurdism, and intellectualism. With a little imagination, you could say the same about the composers in this programme. In addition, they share a virtuoso and athletic mind with which they create scenes at breakneck speed that, while wildly difficult for the players, have a contagious naturalness and familiarity.

Adès juggles with sound fragments from old masterpieces, and then blows new life into this material in a virtuosic way. Knussen gives shelter to wandering melodies of old dances in Ophelia’s Last Dance. And last but not least, there is no stopping to Ayres in his Three Small Pieces: his score is a sparkling cocktail of hyperactivity, baroque grandeur, and Straussian pastiche.

Nieuw Amsterdams Peil (photo Carine Bijlsma)
Nieuw Amsterdams Peil (photo Carine Bijlsma)