An evocative, poetry-inspired program of works by six composers will be the centerpiece of a six-country, 12-concert European Tour by Thomas Hampson and the Amsterdam Sinfonietta. The concerts in the Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, Ireland, Spain and Portugal feature Hampson singing world-premiere performances of new arrangements by English composer David Matthews of Barber’s haunting Dover Beach and Brahms’s elegiac Vier Ernste Gesänge (Four Serious Songs), Wolf’s Italian Serenade as well as other orchestrations for string orchestra by Matthews of songs by Schubert and Wolf. The Amsterdam Sinfonietta, led by concertmaster and artistic director Candida Thompson, will also perform Schönberg’s haunting, arch-Romantic Verklärte Nacht (Transfigured Night).

Hampson and Thompson discuss the tour’s “Songs and Poems” program in this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3tTs4L04RnM/.

Additional information about the tour, and complete tour dates (also listed below), is available here: http://www.sinfonietta.nl/index.php/ASU/Tour.

The Amsterdam Sinfonietta and Hampson first teamed up in 1998 for a concert in the Amsterdam Concertgebouw’s Carte Blanche series. This was also the first time that the orchestra performed without conductor, initiating an approach that has since become its defining trademark.

 

Amsterdam Sinfonietta and Thomas Hampson – European Tour 2014

25 Jan: Ludwigsburg, Forum am Schlosspark
26 Jan: Munich, Herkulessaal
28 Jan: Amsterdam, Het Concertgebouw Amsterdam
29 Jan: Dublin, National Concert Hall, Dublin, Ireland
31 Jan: Zug, Church St. Oswald
1 Feb: Gstaad, St.Maurits Church Saanen
2 Feb: Friedrichshafen, Graf-Zeppelin-Haus
4 Feb: Hamburg, Laeiszhalle / Elbphilharmonie Hamburg
5 Feb: Bilbao, Sociedad Filarmónica de Bilbao
6 Feb: Madrid, Teatro Real
8 Feb: Oviedo, Auditorio Principe Felipe
9 Feb: Lisbon, Auditorio de la Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian

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