Press Release (1 October 2010)
For the next concert in its Symphonic Series on 3 December 2010 in the Dr Anton Philipzaal, Spuiplein, The Hague’s Baroque Orchestra “The New Dutch Academy” (NDA) will celebrate a number of 18th Czech composers including Vanhal and Wranitzky in a programme exploring the extremely vibrant, fruitful and inspirational interaction between these Bohemian composers and their German and Austrian colleagues, such as Mozart, Haydn and Beethoven.
In the 18th century, the English music critic, diarist and travel writer Charles Burney described Bohemia (now located in The Czech Republic) as being the "Conservatorium of Europe" - so overwhelmed was he when, during his visits there, he saw classrooms full of young students all practising the keyboard and then noted, indeed, just how many Bohemian musicians were in service in all of the main European courts and other musical centres; Czech composers such as Stamitz and Richter were behind the establishment of the symphony and symphony orchestra at the legendary court in Mannheim, Vienna was full of talented and visionary Czech composers and performers, and, closer to home, Czech composer/performers such as Colizzi and Schwindl made important contributions to the musical life of the court in The Hague and the Netherlands in general.
The programme "Bohemian Rhapsody" interestingly profiles the Double Bass in a solo role - an instrument which could perhaps be described as the Cinderella of the orchestra - with the NDA's principal Bass player Christian Staude performing Vanhal's very lush Concerto for Double Bass and Orchestra in E flat. Alongside music by this esteemed colleague of Mozart and Haydn (and original member of the Haydn, Dittersdorf, Mozart, Vanhal string quartet), the programme features the overture to "Oberon" by Haydn's and Beethoven's preferred conductor, Paul Wranitzky and the overture to the opera "Gunther von Schwarzburg" by Ignaz Holzbauer (who celebrates his 300th birthday in 2010). Completing the programme is music by two Viennese composers - two symphonies with strong Bohemian links: Mozart's own "Prague" Symphony and Beethoven's Symphony no. 2, dedicated to the Czech prince, Karl von Lichnowsky.
The Hague’s Baroque Orchestra “The New Dutch Academy” presents three main concert series in The Hague each season. This programme "Bohemian Rhapsody" is the second programme in the orchestra's 2010-2011 symphonic series in The Hague. The first programme in the series, entitled "A Night at the Opera" saw the orchestra perform Mendelssohn's 4th Symphony "The Italian" and arias by Rossini, Mozart and Paisiello. The following programme in this series, "Dutch Crown Jewels", is on Thursday 24 March 2011 featuring recently rediscovered symphonies from The Hague's 18th century Court of Orange with works by The Hague's court composers Francesco Zappa, Christian Ernst Graaf and Carl Stamitz alongside orchestral music Joseph Schmitt "The Dutch Haydn" and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Symphony no. 5 "The Hague".
Friday 3 December 2010, Dr Anton Philipszaal Spuiplein Den Haag, 20:15 (pre-concert talk 19:30)