N.B. The celebrated soprano Merel of Spirit replaces Loes van Schothorst due to illness. The programme remains unchanged.
Margreeth de Jong is both a celebrated organist and composer. Her music is played far beyond the country's borders and she herself can often be listened to at home and abroad. In 1994 she received the silver medal from the Société Académique "Arts - Sciences - Lettres" in Paris for her merits for French organ music. In 2012 Margreeth de Jong was appointed Knight of the Order of Orange-Nassau by Queen Beatrix
Experience different sides of her artistry in the Edesche Concert Hall on the beautiful Ypma organ. Listen to her as an organist in, for example, Mendelssohn's famous 'Fourth Organ Sonata', but also in her own work, such as the beautiful 'Sicilienne' with a melody that Margreeth de Jong says is "sweet and sweet". Soprano Merel van Geest pairs her glowing voice in atmospheric songs by Fanny and Felix Mendelssohn, Clara Schumann and Margreeth de Jong.
Blackbird of Spirit
As a soprano, Merel of Spirit is heard in many ways. On the opera stage she performs various roles, such as in Mozart's 'Le nozze di Figaro' and 'Hänsel und Gretel' by Humperdinck. Merel is also a well-known soloist in classical oratorios, such as Brahms' 'Ein deutsches Requiem', the 'Johannes Passion' and Bach's 'Weihnachtsoratorium', and Handel's 'Messiah'. In addition, Merel likes to sing contemporary music. One of the highlights was her collaboration in 'De Tijd' by Louis Andriessen, led by Reinbert de Leeuw. In the Edesche Concert Hall Merel van Geest expresses her love for the romantic song.
Mendelssohn's Fourth Organ Sonata
Mendelssohn's 'Fourth Organ Sonata' is one of the highlights of nineteenth century organ music. The piece is from a series of six organ sonatas that Mendelssohn completed in 1845. Although the 'Fourth Organ Sonata' became most famous, it took Mendelssohn a lot of headaches to complete it. In the end he wrote a whole new final movement, which can also be heard as a separate piece on a regular basis
Four Love Songs
What's most art about? Beauty, love and death. The English poet Christina Georgina Rossetti is no different. Four of her poems inspired Margreeth de Jong to write the 'Four Love Songs'. They are all atmospheric compositions with romantic, pastoral and religious touches.
Margreeth de Jong tuned the program to the Ypma-organ. "It's a romantic instrument, so I've been looking for music. Before the break we play music by Mendelssohn, his sister Fanny and Clara Schumann. I wanted to play some female composers. After the break, we'll bring my own work. I call that part 'organ different', because the organ can be heard in a way that many people don't know." (Read the interview with Margreeth de Jong.)
Listen to Margreeth de Jong in her own composition Präludium und Fuge über ''Großer Gott wir loben dich''
This evening you will experience the first OrgelPlus concert of the Edesche Concertzaal. It is a wonderful programme with music and songs by Fanny Hensel-Mendelssohn, Clara Schumann and Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy and the English poet Georgina Rossetti. The well-known organist Margreeth de Jong plays works by the same composers and by herself (Margreeth de Jong is internationally known). Merel van Geest sang under the well-known conductor Reinbert de Leeuw and in various operas.
The Edesche Concert Hall. Unheard of acoustics, intimate beauty, one of the most beautiful concert grand pianos in the Netherlands with the very best musicians.
From one hour before the start of the concert you are welcome in the Edesche Concert Hall, for example for a cup of coffee in advance. Please note: during the performance we do not grant access to the concert hall
The Edesche Concertzaal is unsubsidized and is made possible by Eskes Media / DagjeWeg.NL.
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