Il Canto Di Rame

Dynamic concert experience

Four talented young people brought together by their passion for music. Their different backgrounds and enormous creative “click” are the basis for their innovative concert programming.

In a refreshingly new way they bring the spirit and epoch of the composer to life. Il Canto di Rame is constantly seeking and pushing boundaries and possibilities, resulting in very individual interpretations, experimenting with various instrumental combinations, and researching diverse musical forms and sources. This diversity and creativity are the trademarks of this ensemble.

Il Canto di Rame will guarantee an ear-catching, dynamic concert experience.

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NedNieuw is a two-year- old undertaking where Il Canto di Rame have commissioned Dutch composers to write new works for the ensemble. The assignment had only one condition, the textual content must be central, as was customary in the Baroque period. In this way the musicians and their composers have created an interesting link between old and modern musical values.

Kees van Eersel (1944) wrote the romantic composition ‘Was mich bewegt’ from a tekst by Rainer Maria Rilke (1875-1926).

The choral cycle ‘Nu is van Kalifornies goud de tijd’, from texts by Paul van Ostaijen (1896-1928), was originally written by Daan Manneke (1939) for a cappella choir. He rewrote the work for the NedNieuw project.

Ruud Roelofsen (1985) composed the progressive ‘…ever Divine’ for ensemble and electronics from the tekst ‘Dove Sei’, by Antonio Salvi (1664-1724), (English translation by W.G.Rothery), which we know as the aria ’Art Thou Troubled’ from the opera ‘Rodelinde’ (1725) by G. F. Händel (1685-1759).

‘Tombeau pour Ton de Leeuw’ by Daan Manneke (1939), although neither new, nor written for Il Canto di Rame, forms in NedNieuw a reference to the starting point of the commissioned compositions.

Tim Nobel (1967) originally wrote ‘De Viersprong’ for the Jazz-Ensemble ‘Lite’, from the Netherlands Symphony Orchestra (Orkest van het Oosten) and arranged it for Il Canto di Rame. It is a melancholy duet for cello and trumpet, a ‘standard without words’, whereby the expressive interval of a fourth is the main thread.

Sylvia Maessen (1959) wrote ‘Over de stille, stille sneeuw’, from a tekst by Maria Boddaert (1844-1914), on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the Honhof organ of the Reformed Church in Haaksbergen. This composition is performed by Il Canto di Rame with and without choir, also on this CD.

Inspired by a poem by Willem Kloos (1859-1938), Hayo Boerema (1972) at the age of 19 wrote ‘Avond’ (Evening) for soprano and piano. He rewrote this composition especially for this CD, for soprano and organ, in 2016.

‘Prayer’ by Folkert Buis (1971) is based on a poem by Neil Perry (1974) and the prayer of Francis of Assisi (1181/1182-1226).

Vertaling: Clare Robinson