Season 2023-2024

Season 2023-2024

Season 2023-2024 is all about new collaborations and old acquaintances. Projects that see the light for the first time, and partnerships that go back years or decades. Concerts that are innovative, without forgetting the tradition of the orchestra.

Previous Projects

May 2024

The voice of the recorder

May 23 - Utrecht, TivoliVredenburg tickets
May 24 - Amsterdam, Muziekgebouw tickets
May 25 - Rotterdam, The Doelen tickets
May 26 - Enschede, Music Center Enschede tickets

Recorder: Lucie Horsch

J. S. Bach Concerto BWV 1053 (arr. Frans Brüggen)
A. Vivaldi RV 443, Flautino concerto
A. Vivaldi Aria: 'Sovente il sole', from 'Andromeda liberata', RV 117
A. Vivaldi Concerto in a minor from RV 522, L’Estro Armonico op. 3 nr. 8
R. Namavar New piece, inspired by Vivaldi
J. S. Bach BWV 1041, Concerto in a minor (arr. Lucie Horsch)

To project

The Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century joins forces once again with recorder player and singer Lucie Horsch. A special program on recorder and voice with works by J.S. Bach, Antonio Vivaldi and a brand new work by Reza Namavar. Old music in a new way; new music inspired by old masters.

Bach wrote no solo works for recorder, and yet the evening opens and closes with a concerto by the German grand master. The opening was arranged by founder of the Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century Frans Brüggen; the closing piece Lucie Horsch herself arranged for her instrument. This is how Bach sounded if he did compose for recorder!

The Latin name for recorder "ricordare la voce," literally means "remembering the voice. Lucie takes it to the test. She arranges Bach's concerto in a minor for recorder and brings the aria "Stirb in mir, Welt" back to its vocal roots.

Especially for this program, composer Reza Namavar is writing a new work inspired by Vivaldi's double concerto in a minor. The double violin concerto becomes a violin recorder concerto.

Mozart Piano Concertos – ‘the first and the last’

May 05 - Haarlem, Phil. tickets

Fortepiano: Dmitry Ablogin

W. A. Mozart K183/173dB, symphony no. 25 in g minor
W. A. Mozart K449, Piano Concerto No. 14 in E-flat major
W. A. Mozart K595, Piano Concerto No. 27 in B-flat major

To project

Ablogin's minimal movements and transparent voicing created a contemplative atmosphere and the pianist drew the audience in with his sophisticated expression and beautiful soft dynamics.
-South Florida Classical Review

In this concert, the Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century brings three pieces by Mozart to the stage, along with up-and-coming talent Dmitry Ablogin on fortepiano. You will hear Symphony No. 25 by a just immature Mozart - he was 17 when he wrote it in 1773. Also, the piano concerto in E-flat major from 1784 and the 27th piano concerto from the year of his death. A cross section from the second half of the life of this musical genius who died too young.

And that time is interesting not only because of Mozart's life. A tremendously turbulent period descended upon Europe in the last decades of the 18th century. The French and Industrial Revolution and abolition of the slave trade (to name just a few major events), and all under the rule of "enlightened monarch" and Mozart supporter Joseph II, emperor of the Holy Roman Empire and ruler of the Habsburg monarchy.

And in this period-the last years of the Enlightenment in Europe; the fall of the old principalities; the cradle of our modern age-Mozart wrote his best and most beautiful works. And all in a crucible of revolutions and uprisings, which is surprisingly similar to our own time.

April 2024

Heidelberger Frühling Festival

April 05 - Heidelberger Frühling Festival tickets

Violin: Alena Baeva 

Beethoven Violin Concerto in D major op. 61
Beethoven Symphony No. 2 in D major op. 36

To project

In 2023, the Orchestra already played with Alena Baeva once in the Beethoven Festival at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. There, too, she shone in the violin concerto in D major. The collaboration turns out to lead to wonderful moments every time, and this year, too, the orchestra and violinist will meet again, this time in Heidelberg.

"The sheer musical brilliance of Alena Baeva's collaboration with the Orchestra of the 18th Century makes their performance essential listening"
-BBC Music Magazine

March 2024

J. S. Bach: John Passion

March 22 - Paris, Eglise St. Roch tickets
March 24 - Basel, Stadtcasino tickets
March 25 - Zurich, Tonhalle tickets
March 27 - Amsterdam, Muziekgebouw tickets
March 28 - Utrecht, TivoliVredenburg tickets
March 29 - Arnhem, Musis tickets

Choir: Cappella Amsterdam
Conductor: Daniel Reuss
Concertmaster: Alexander Janiczek
Soloists: Thomas Walker Evangelist, Peter Harvey Jesus, Henk Neven (in Utrecht and Arnhem), Berit Norbakken, Cecilia Hall, Ludmila Schwartzwalder, James Newby, Dorien Lievers, Tigran Matinyan

J. S. Bach John Passion

To project

Every two years, the Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century performs a passion with Cappella Amsterdam. Two years ago the St. Matthew Passion, so this year it's Johannes' turn again. No matter how often it plays this repertoire, it always sounds different. Never do the musicians and singers take the score for granted.

Bach's Passions keep the Netherlands in their grip every year, and every year there seem to be more and more to come. And this is another reason why the orchestra is proud to be able to bring the international creme de la creme of early music to the Netherlands this season. Specialists in the genre such as Norwegian soprano Berit Norbakken British baritone Peter Harvey shine in Bach's masterpiece. Conductor Daniel Reuss leads the orchestra and singers to the emotional heights and depths in the story of the crucifixion.

18c. in Japan

March 09 - Kyoto, Kyoto Concert Hall
March 10 - Osaka, Fenice Saca
March 11 - Tokyo, Tokyo Opera City Concert Hall
March 12 - Tokyo, Tokyo Opera City Concert Hall
March 13 - Fukuoka, Acros Fukuoka

Piano: Naruhiko Kawaguchi, Yulianna Avdeeva, Tomasz Ritter
Concertmaster: kati debretzeni (musical director)

Program A
W. A. Mozart KV550, symphony no.40 in g minor
F. Chopin Grande fantaisie sur des airs polonais Op. 13
F. Chopin Rondo a la Krakowiak in F major Op. 14
F. Chopin Piano Concerto No. 1 in e minor Op. 11

Program B
W. A. Mozart KV385, symphony no.35 in D major 'Haffner'
F. Chopin Variations on ‘La ci darem la mano’ Op. 2
F. Chopin Andante spianato et grande polonaise brillante Op. 22
F. Chopin Piano Concerto No. 2 in f minor Op. 21

Program C
W. A. Mozart KV385, symphony no.35 in D major 'Haffner'
F. Chopin Piano Concerto No. 2 in f minor Op. 21
F. Chopin Piano Concerto No. 1 in e minor Op. 11

To project

Side by Side

March 03 - The Hague, Amare tickets
March 01 - Utrecht, TivoliVredenburg tickets
March 02 - The Hague, Amare tickets

Conductor: Jakob Lehmann

F. Schubert Overture from "Fierrabras" D.796 (1823)
F. Schubert "Auf dem Strom" D.943 (1828)
F. Schubert "Der Hirt auf dem Felsen" D.965 (1828)
F. Schubert Fourth symphony in c minor D.417 (1816), the ''Tragic' 

To project
January 2024

String Quartet Biennale Amsterdam

January 30 - Amsterdam, Muziekgebouw tickets

Director: Amandine Beyer
Ensemble: Kitgut Quartet

L. Spohr Concerto for string quartet and orchestra in a minor Op. 131
M. Sirmen String Quartet No. 2 in B-flat major
F. Mendelssohn String Quartet in E-flat major
I.J. Pleyel Sinfonia Concertante in F major (wind version)

To project
December 2023

Christmas with Nardus Williams

December 20 - Breda, Chasse Theater tickets
December 21 - Amsterdam, Muziekgebouw tickets

Soprano: Nardus Williams
Musical Leader: David Bates (from Harpsichord)

M.R. Delalande Symphonie des Noels
G.F. Handel ‘Rejoice Greatly’ from HWV 56, Messiah
A. Corelli Concerto Grosso in g minor Op.6 No.8 'Fatto Per la Notte di Natale'
G.F. Handel 'Gloria' from HWV 56, Messiah
A. Vivaldi RV 630, ‘Nulla in Mundo Pax Sincera’
J. S. Bach BWV 51, 'Jauchzet Gott in alle Landen'

To project

The Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century is celebrating Christmas in style this year. A Baroque program to lick your fingers at: Handel, Vivaldi, J.S. Bach and Delalande and, of course, Corelli, sung by the magnificent Nardus Williams and conducted by David Bates.

Nardus Williams received an international opera award for Rising Star at the end of 2022 in Milan. Never before has the British "one to look out for" (guardian) been heard in the Netherlands. Together with early music specialist conductor and clavicinist David Bates, they guarantee a special evening to usher in Christmas. Their joint performance of works by Purcell at the BBC Proms last year received high praise from the international press.

November 2023

Clara, Emilie and Ludwig

November 23 - Leiden, Stadsgehoorzaal tickets
November 24 - Utrecht, TivoliVredenburg tickets

Piano: Olga Pashchenko
Conductor: Bertie Baigent

L. van Beethoven Coriolan Overture Op. 62
C. Schumann Piano Concerto in a minor Op. 7
E. Mayer Overture no. 2 in D major
L. van Beethoven Symphony No. 4, Op. 604

To project

Olga dances across the keys, confidently absorbed in the overwhelming beauty of the orchestra, long trembling like an elated thrush. [...] The way Baigent mightily drags the orchestra along is marvelous
-Leidsch Dagblad

Especially for the AVROTROS Friday night concert, the Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century brings a thoroughly romantic program. Beethoven is flanked in this concert by two female composers: Clara Schumann and Emilie Mayer. And none other than Olga Pashchenko will perform the solo piano parts. Pashchenko will play on her own instrument for this program.

Although Clara Schumann is quite well-known in the Netherlands, Emilie Mayer does not immediately ring a bell with many concertgoers. In German-speaking countries, however, she is seen as the female Beethoven. She began composing late in life, but wrote an impressive eight symphonies, an opera and many songs and chamber music. The unknown overture that the Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century plays tonight is a whirlwind of highs and lows and seems almost to be intended as an ode to Beethoven.

October 2023

Mozart: Così fan Tutte

October 06 - Bruges, Concert Hall tickets
October 07 - Groningen, Oosterpoort tickets
October 12 - Nijmegen, DeVereeniging tickets
October 13 - The Hague, Amare tickets
October 14 - Rotterdam, The Doelen tickets
October 17 - Amsterdam, Het Concertgebouw tickets
October 18 - Utrecht, TivoliVredenburg tickets
August 18 - Breda, Chasse Theater

Conductor:: Manoj Kamps
Director: Lisenka Heijboer Castañón
Soloists: Katharine Dain, Josy Santos, Claron McFadden, Linard Vrielink, Drew Santini, Henk Neven
Dramaturg: Willem Bruls
Lighting Design: Hendrik Walther
Costume Design: Kevin Pieterse
Assistant Conductor: Chloe Rooke
Assistant Director: Zephyr Bridges

W. A. Mozart Così fan tutte

To project

In 2013, the Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century performed the iconic Mozart opera Cosi fan tutte for the first time. 'Downright spectacular' wrote De Volkskrant about the production at the time, and newspaper Trouw characterized the orchestra as 'playing sublimely' (*****). All the more reason to stage the Cosi again this season: a new semi-staged production with an international star cast.

The Mozart Opera is led by conductor Manoj Kamps and director Lisenka Heijboer Castañón. They are working together for the third time in this production. After the successful "Faust [Working Title]" and "I Have Missed You Forever" at the Opera Forward Festival, they now take on "Cosi fan Tutte. The Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century is given vocal ammunition by top singers such as Claron McFadden and Henk Neven. 'Cosi fan Tutte' can only be seen and heard seven times in the Netherlands.

Musically and vocally, the performance was at top level. Kamps led with great superiority and allowed the transitions between recitatives, ensembles and arias to proceed flawlessly and smoothly. This gave the evening momentum and the orchestra, in which all the wind players - from oboe to horn - excelled, followed Kamps alertly.
-TROW ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

August 2023

Musikfest Bremen

August 24 - Bremen, Concert Hall Die Glocke tickets

Piano: Yulianna Avdeeva
Conductor: Jakob Lehmann

F. Dobrzynsky Overture in D major Op. 1
F. Chopin Piano Concerto No. 2 in f minor Op. 21
F. Chopin Piano Concerto No. 1 in e minor Op. 11