For art lovers the Netherlands are first of all the motherland of numerous great painters: Bosch, Rembrandt, van Gogh, Escher and so on. For historians there are other priorities: Peter I learned seamanship from Dutch seamen, that’s why in the Russian language a lot of sea terms sound in the Dutch way. Music fans will recollect the super hit “Venus” of the Dutch rock band Shocking Blue. But the country became famous in the world of music much earlier, even before Johann Sebastian Bach was born. The Netherlands are the land of a most important polyphonic school that no serious composer can afford to ignore. As for Bach, his library contained a lot of hand-copied scores of Sweelinck, the founder of a significant organ school. By the way, one of his pieces will be performed in tonight’s concert. We’ll also listen to the works of other Dutch composers as well as to Bach’s unfading masterpieces.
J.S. Bach – Fantasia super: Komm, heiliger Geist in F major, BWV 651
J.P. Sweelinck – Variations “Unter der Linden grune”, in G
H. Andriessen – Deuxieme Choral
Cello suite No. 5 in с minor, BWV 1011
Passacaglia in с minor, BWV 582
Jacob Klein – Sonata a Violoncello e Basso, Op.4, No. 6
Tags: Musical journey, Organ and cello, Period instruments, Virtuoso performance, the Netherlands