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AMSTERDAM SINFONIETTA & NEDERLANDS KAMERKOOR


AMSTERDAM SINFONIETTA & NEDERLANDS KAMERKOOR

"Knut Nystedt (1915-2014) - Immortal Bach
for a cappella choir

J.S. Bach (1685-1750) - Ciaconna from Partita no. 2 in d
with choral lines as distracted from the partiture by Helga Thoene

Arvo Pärt (1936) - Da Pacem Domine
for a cappella choir

D. Shostakovich (1906-1975) - Chamber Symphony 110a
for string orchestra

Arvo Pärt (1936) - Da Pacem Domine
for choir and string orchestra

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G. Fauré - Requiem

"Amsterdam Sinfonietta is an ensemble of 22 gifted musicians from all over the world. The group performs without conductor, under the direction of Candida Thompson, artistic director since 2003. The ensemble’s defining feature is the strong involvement and artistic drive of each individual member. It has gained a reputation for distinguished performances and innovative programming, often featuring surprising combinations of works. In past seasons Amsterdam Sinfonietta has toured Europe, China, the US and Australia and performed in venues such as the Barbican Hall in London, Cité de la Musique in Paris, National Centre of Performing Arts in Beijing and Konzerthaus in Berlin.

Amsterdam Sinfonietta has occupied a unique position as the only professional string orchestra in the Netherlands for the past 25 years. Founded in 1988, with Lev Markiz as its first artistic director, Amsterdam Sinfonietta is a highly respected ensemble with strong roots in the Dutch cultural scene. Every season it presents a series of concerts in the major concert halls of the Netherlands. The orchestra boasts a young and loyal audience. Amsterdam Sinfonietta performs ingenious programmes featuring well-known repertoire combined with commissions, new arrangements or rarely performed works.

No purer sound than the human voice, and no vocal ensemble whose sound has to be more precisely measured and balanced than a chamber choir. The Nederlands Kamerkoor knows a thing or two about that, having been a top-class chamber choir for decades. Their field of activity encompasses the entire chamber choir repertoire, from medieval to contemporary and from a cappella to accompanied. The choir is an independent organisation, not attached to an opera or broadcasting company. As well as putting on its own concert series in a number of Dutch cities, the choir regularly collaborates with ensembles such as the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Asko/Schönberg Ensemble and the Orchestra of the 18th Century."