Classic Dutch: Johannette Zomer

This entry is part of the series Classic Dutch
Soprano Johannette Zomer (© Youtube)

“Classic Dutch” is a panorama of classical music, composed or performed in the Netherlands through the centuries. Most of the music in this series was selected from among the huge wealth of recordings made by Radio Netherlands’ own Music Department. In each programme, presenter Hélène Michaud speaks with a guest conductor, composer or music performer.

For Johannette Zomer, music was a hobby, and she worked as a biochemist for some years, until the call was finally heard, and she gave in to her great love: Baroque music was “like coming home”. As Zomer explains, she has a special passion for German baroque, which fits her like a glove, she says, perhaps because of her Calvinist background. But this is not just about straightforward no-nonsense Protestantism, as you can hear  in her performances of of Buxtehude and Bach.

Produced and presented by Hélène Michaud.

Broadcast December 25, 2004

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