New European Ensemble (photo Rob Overmeer)

Inspired by Bruckner 0 + 4

Ensemble Klang + New European Ensemble
Sat 14 Sep 2024 16:30 - 18:15
Sat 14 Sep 2024
16:30 - 18:15
  • Sat 14 Sep 2024
    16:30 - 18:15
    Grote Zaal


Rick van Veldhuizen Nulls & Voids (world premiere), after Symphony No. 0 by Anton Bruckner (Ensemble Klang)
Seung-Won Oh Spiri II: Sheltered Ritual (world premiere), after Symphony No. 4 by Anton Bruckner (New European Ensemble)


Ensemble Klang
New European Ensemble

Bruckner’s indispensable shadow with Van Veldhuizen and Seung-Won Oh

Rick van Veldhuizen has a brilliant renovation in mind for Bruckner’s Symphony No. 0. Bruckner himself declared the symphony invalid because he believed that the first theme was not recognizable enough. This is precisely the theme that plays an important role in Van Veldhuizen’s work. In Spiri II: Sheltered Ritual, Seung-Wong Oh on the other hand, ‘Brucknerianizes’ her own language. Ensemble Klang and the New European Ensemble forge structures from these hybrid worlds, with Bruckner ever present as an indispensable shadow. 

The young Dutch composer Rick van Veldhuizen has already amassed a remarkable list of accomplishments. In 2019, for instance, he wrote mais le corps taché d’ombres for the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. A modern soundscape infused with the echoes of romanticism, creating a dreamlike experience. Dutch newspaper De Volkskrant recognised the talent of Seung-Won Oh (who hails from South Korea) years ago, calling her ‘a name to remember’. The way she ‘plays with layered structures and transparency’ is also impressive in combination with a dash of Bruckner.