December 11, 2018

Dutch premiere of Mozart’s Pantalon und Columbine

Venetian carnival with Ciconia Consort and Rick Stotijn

From January 18 as Ciconia Consort will present the concert program Venetian Carnival with bassist Rick Stotijn. The string orchestra conducted by Dick Gasteren brings works by Rota, Bottesini, Stravinsky and the Dutch premiere of Pantalon und Columbine after W. A. Mozart.

Venetian Carnival starts on Thursday, January 18 at Parkstad Limburg Theaters Heerlen, further seen in the Nieuwe Kerk in The Hague, the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Tivoli / Vredenburg Utrecht Oude Blasius Church in Delden.

The finest musical imagination of the Venetian Carnival is perhaps composed by Giovanni Bottesini (1821-1889). He wrote the spectacular Gran Duo Concertante for violin and double bass. Guest Player and bassist Rick Stotijn has the opportunity to plunge into the Italian lyrical, musical acrobatics that characterizes this work.

Bassist Rick Stotijn

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was in 1771 with the decadent and extravagant Venetian carnival. He visited the Commedia dell’Arte closely linked to the Italian carnival. The visit to Venice inspired him to Pantalon und Columbine composition he wrote 12 years later for the pantomime theatre.

Ciconia Consort brings 235 years later, the Dutch premiere of this work in the original strings version reconstructed by John Holik. Pantomime player Kevin Gorcszynski brings some famous commedia dell’arte characters to life.

In addition to Mozart and Bottesini, Ciconia Consort brings during the Venetian Carnival works by Rota and Stravinsky (Appolon musagete).

Rick Stotijn (1983) is one of the leading bass players in the world. In 2013 he received the Dutch Music Prize, the highest recognition for Dutch musicians. Stotijn’s captain bass is a fellow at the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, but interpreting this role regularly with the London Symphony Orchestra and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. His first CD in 2012 of works by Bottensini received enthusiastic reviews.

Ciconia Consort was founded in 2012 and is led by Dick Gasteren. The orchestra consists of musicians with an average age of 25 years. Ciconia Consort has made over the past five years name with high-profile concerts. The orchestra regularly delves into unknown masterpieces and brings these often premieres on the Dutch concert venues. Artists and trendsetters from other disciplines are often guests of the orchestra like; Maarten van Rossem and Willem Ottespeer and musicians like Lavinia Meijer and Peter Gijsbertsen. Ciconia Consort is based in The Hague.


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