“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’ Music Department. In each programme, presenter Hélène Michaud speaks with a guest conductor, composer or music performer.
This programme features performances by the Netherlands Wind Ensemble of the music of Monteverdi, Beethoven and Janáček, which all sound safe enough. However, the Netherlands Wind Ensemble is noted for its adventurous, humorous, even a little bit naughty approach to classical music — performing with non-classical musicians, with and for children at times, and with avant-garde artists like Czech-born Iva Bittová, as you can hear in this programme. The studio guest is oboist and artistic director Bart Schneemann.
Producer: Hélène Michaud
Broadcast: November 8, 2002