venues for this concert
Karl Amadeus Hartmann composed his brilliant Kammerconcert for a highly unusual combination of instruments in a style inspired by Hungarian folk music. Amsterdam Sinfonietta commissioned the work Schaduw (the Dutch word for ‘shadow’) by Theo Verbey, and performs the work for the first time since giving its world première in 2002. Like Hartmann, Verbey plays a question and answer game between string quartet and string orchestra. Béla Bartók’s Rhapsody, for clarinet and string orchestra, is laden with gypsy influences. These are all rarely performed works.
Amsterdam Sinfonietta pulls out all the stops in Britten’s Bridge Variations, a string orchestra’s playground of virtuosic sound. Presto Classical lauded Amsterdam Sinfonietta’s Britten CD album: ‘The orchestra herself indulges in all imaginable techniques, colours and dynamic extremes that Britten releases from his box of tricks for string orchestra.’