Amsterdam Sinfonietta Soloists
with Brahms, Dvořák and Sweelinck

Every year, the section leaders of Amsterdam Sinfonietta go on tour with a chamber music programme. They are playing Brahms and Dvořák, and ‘The Orpheus of Amsterdam’ J.P. Sweelinck.

Johannes Brahms produced a wealth of monumental chamber music works. In the period that he composed his string sextets, he conducted the Wiener Singakademie and became fascinated by the vocal music of Renaissance composers such as Gabrieli, Bach and Schütz and their compositional techniques. By the end of the Renaissance period, Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck had become renowned throughout Europe. His fame earned him the nickname ‘The Orpheus of Amsterdam’. Sweelinck’s music is rarely performed in chamber music arrangements. Originally written for solo keyboard, his melancholic work ‘Mein junges Leben hat ein End’ has been specially arranged for Amsterdam Sinfonietta by the talented young Dutch composer Mathilde Wantenaar.

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