‘Concerto Antico: à travers un miroir fumé’ from celebrated composer Jaap Nico Hamburger – featuring Matthias Maute conducting Orchestre classique de Montreal and Ensemble Caprice – is set to be released April 7, 2023, through Leaf Music. Produced by Jeremy VanSlyke, this multi-faceted concerto was recorded at Salle Claude Champagne in Montreal, Quebec. ’Concerto Antico’ was commissioned by the OCM, Ensemble Caprice, and supported by a grant from the Canada Council for the Arts.
Reflecting on the historical relevance of music Hamburger says, “What makes a work a distinct reflection of its own time? In the early 18th century, music made much use of dance forms, and was often created to be entertainment for ‘the privileged’ in society. So how are we different from people in the eighteenth century? If anything, the socio-economic developments of the past two hundred years have significantly widened not just the circle of listeners to music but, as the recent pandemic has shown, the mass participation of the entire society in the dominant conversations of the day.”
“Concerto Antico is written in five short movements that start in the here and now, then return to the style of the 18th century, and gradually work their way back to the future. The music ends where it started but is transformed. History may repeat itself, but we as an audience, affected by our shared experiences, have changed.”
‘Concerto Antico: à travers un miroir fumé’ is dedicated to the memory of Maestro Boris Brott and the first single from Hamburger’s forthcoming album ‘Tzimtzum’, arriving on Leaf Music in September 2023.
Jaap Nico Hamburger is the current Composer in Residence with Mécénat Musica in Montréal. His compositions include commissions for orchestra, opera, chamber music and solo works. His music has been performed and recorded in Canada, The Netherlands and Israel. In 2021, he was commissioned by the United Nations and the Government of the Netherlands to compose a new concerto on occasion of the 75th anniversary of the International Court of Justice. Other commissions include works for Discovery Channel as well as European broadcasting companies. He is a Canadian Music Centre Associate Composer. His Chamber Symphony No. 2 ‘Children’s War Diaries’ was nominated for the Matthijs Vermeulen Award (2021) and received a JUNO nomination for classical composition of the year (2022).
Born in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, he started his musical education at the age of 3, and studied piano with Ruben Lifschitz, Alexandre Hrisanide and Youri Egorov. He graduated from the Royal Sweelinck Conservatorium of Music in Amsterdam, with a soloist degree in piano. He has lived in Canada since August 2000.
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