On Thursday, October 25, a heartfelt applause rang out after the last flutterings of Toshio Hosokawa’s monodrama The Raven drifted away in the ample acoustics of Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ. For almost an hour the Swedish mezzo-soprano Charlotte Hellekant and United Instruments of Lucilin had held the audience captivated, under the baton of the young Japanese conductor Kentaro Kawase, a friend of Hosokawa’s. With wonderful precision and subtlety he steered the musicians through this multilayered work.
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Jean-Guihen Queyras and Ensemble Resonanz lit up the Ij Haven last night in Amsterdam’s Muzikgebouw aan’t Ij. There was a twinkling view of the harbor through this great glass house, and the Ensemble matched this crystalline vision with a lush dynamic ebb and flow in the treatment of the four pieces programmed. With floors of naked cedarwood, red plush seats, blue light glowing through the latticed walls, and lighting and tech equipment exposed at the ceiling, the concert hall has the feel of Zankel (at Carnegie Hall, Ed.), but more spacious. Throughout the evening, the respect of the audience was astonishing; not a cough was to be heard until the general applause, so that diminuendos in the music and the space between movements enjoyed a profound and utter silence.
Jean-Guihen Queyras - Photo by Marco Borggreve
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