Winter Tour 2021

The National Youth Orchestra of the Netherlands (NJO), led by the passionate Antony Hermus, will perform Stravinsky's emotionally charged masterpiece Le Sacre du Printemps (The Rite of Spring) during the annual Winter Tour. The première of this ballet in 1913 in Paris turned into the greatest scandal in music history. Fans and opponents fought each other both verbally and physically - police reports say nearly 30 were injured that night! When the work was performed for the second time in Paris a year later, this time without dance, it received an ovational applause and the visitors carried Stravinsky on their shoulders through the streets of Paris. From that moment, his music was regarded as the revolutionary beginning of a new understanding of beauty and Le Sacre became a true classic.

The renowned Storioni Trio will be celebrating its 25th anniversary in the 2020-2021 season, which was a good reason for the NJO to invite the three as soloists. Trio and orchestra together will bring a forgotten composition by the Hungarian Emanuel Moór on stage. This Triple Concerto was composed in 1907 and dedicated to Alfred Cortot, Jacques Thibaut and Pablo Casals, who also performed it many times. The piece has most probably never been performed in the Netherlands before, but the Storioni Trio has taken it upon itself to bring it to the stag. The NJO is of course happy to participate in this great project.

Debussy's Jeux, also on the programme, premiered exactly two weeks before the earlier mentioned Le Sacre du Printemps, in the same theater and under the direction of the same conductor, written for the same ballet company Ballets Russes by Serge Diaghilev.

At the request of AVROTROS Vrijdagconcert, Bram Kortekaas wrote a new composition especially for the NJO that forms the prelude to Le Sacre. With his love for the symphony orchestra, the talented composer Kortekaas is inspired by political and social themes. His Hommage à Stravinsky is the perfect introduction to Le Sacre du Printemps.


Claude Debussy - Jeux
Emánuel Moór - Tripelconcert in d, opus 70 (Dutch première)
Bram Kortekaas - Hommage à Stravinsky (World première)
Igor Stravinsky - Le Sacre du Printemps

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