Working together on the concert stage as brother and sister always feels like a dream come true. We’ve done so before, in a variety of settings, such as performances with Amsterdam Sinfonietta and with the London Symphony Orchestra, where Rick led the basses and, under Bernard Haitink, we had the privilege of experiencing Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde together in London and New York.
The composer Bottesini granted us our first chance to perform in a genuine chamber music setting. Wonderfully romantic songs that made us pine for more music for the two of us.
And so it happened that our common passion for Russian music led to the arrangement of a number of Tchaikovsky songs for voice, double bass and piano.
But what could be finer than an entirely new piece, written especially for us? This dream, too, came true. The renowned American composer Ned Rorem, author of a large body of vocal music, was keen to write a new cycle for us. After an inspiring exchange of poems, the choice for his new composition fell on Shakespeare’s sonnets.
Together with pianist Joseph Breinl our goal was to put together an original program that would bring together very diverse elements: tradition, romanticism, humor, spirituality, virtuosity and above all innovation.
Of course, the program had to have a Dutch heart: Michel van der Aa, who had already written a piece for me and the Concertgebouw Orchestra, shared our enthusiasm and composed a new work just for us.
We hope to inspire you with our trio’s unquenchable enthusiasm and this varied and challenging program!
30 Oct – 20 Nov 2013
Christianne Stotijn, mezzo soprano
Rick Stotijn, double bass
Joseph Breinl, piano
Bottesini -Cappricio di Bravura - For double bass and piano
Korsakov ( A.K. Tolstoy) for voice and piano
Glinka - songs
Ned Rorem- How Like a Winter
Song-cycle for Mezzo-soprano, Double Bass and Piano
1"From the fairest creatures..."
97 "How like a winter...."
E.Tabakov Motives for double bass solo
William Bolcom - from : Cabaret Songs
Michel van der Aa - New Work for mezzo-soprano, double bass and piano (world-premier)