Music-lovers in the Netherlands are served high-level music during from 29th June to 3rd July at various venues in the central city of Utrecht.
As the program is accessible in English as well as Dutch, I’m simply providing a link here. For appetizer, let me only refer to the fact that the main draw is Janine Jansen, the Dutch violin virtuoso of international renown, and her friends.
About the venues I have to say that most on the list are not venues at all, or I can’t see why they’ve made it to the list for reasons other than they are nice and famous places in the city. A few of them are only starting points of city walks with some music. The main venue seems to be TivoliVredenburg, but parts of it only serve as venues for children’s concerts.
However, the main program there is impressive. At the opening concert, Steven Isserlis on the cello joins Ms Jansen. At other concerts Itamar Golan accompanies her and others on the piano so there’s a lot to be expected.
As to the programmes, there is a wide range besides the usual Dutch fixtures of baroque. At the main venue, in TivoliVredenburg GZ, besides Schubert and Beethoven, a lot more and more modern pieces can also be heard, from Bruch and Debussy through Mendelssohn and Korngold to Kodály, Bartók Messiaen and Shostakovich. But of course don’t expect to hear anything like to wonderful Arensky-, Joachim Raff- or Julius Röntgen-trios, that is, nothing really out of the ordinary. Only thing to be aware of is timing as some of the concerts take place in the morning or during the afternoon, not always in the evening.
Stay tuned, tickets are still available, there’s a nice choice and good musicians. Better plans to start the summer? Hardly.