Concertgebouworkest - Loevendie, Ravel en Smit
The Concertgebouw Orchestra plays Ravel's Ma mère l'Oye in the Royal Concertgebouw, conducted by Bas Wiegers. Ravel's work is associated with two important Dutch composers who studied in Amsterdam: Leo Smit (1900-1944) and Theo Loevendie (1930).
Theo Loevendie has been one of the Netherlands' most highly regarded composers for years. In a colorful program, works by the Amsterdammer are linked to music that Maurice Ravel and Leo Smit wrote 100 years ago. Loevendie composed Flexio in 1979 on the occasion of the 90th anniversary of the Concertgebouw Orchestra. Later he was frequently inspired by Turkish music and culture. Loevendie's Six Turkish Folk Poems for voice and seven instruments will be heard in an orchestral arrangement by his former student Wilbert Bulsink, who also wrote a prelude for the work on behalf of the orchestra.
Maurice Ravel and Leo Smit
Exactly 100 years ago this month, Ravel conducted Ma mère l'oye with the Concertgebouw Orchestra to the Fairy Tales of Mother Goose . Ravel and jazz have always been permanent values for Loevendie. This also applied to Leo Smit, as can be heard in Silhouettes . The work, written during his composition studies in Amsterdam, was premiered by the Concertgebouw Orchestra in 1925. Twenty years later, Smit was murdered in the Sobibor concentration camp.
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