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12 Hour Prom: Radio Filharmonisch Orkest

Radio Filharmonisch Orkest, Groot Omroepkoor

Pierre Boulez and Iannis Xenakis, two grand masters of 20th century music, will meet in this concert. Boulez is artist in focus at this year’s festival and is featured in this concert with his orchestral piece Notations and the early cantate Le soleil des eaux. In both of these works, Boulez’ characteristic combination of complexity and clarity can be heard. The concert continues with Iannis Xenakis’ Nekuia, which has never been played before in the Netherlands. Written for large-scale choir and orchestra, the composer himself has called it a ‘magical rite’ dealing with existential issues about war and death.


8:30 pm – 9:45 pm

Radio Filharmonisch Orkest,

Groot Omroepkoor

conducted by Tito Ceccherini

Maurice Ravel, Frontispice (1918)

revised orchestration by Pierre Boulez (2007)

Dutch premiere

Pierre Boulez, Le soleil des eaux (1947)

2 poems by René Char for soprano, mixed choir and orchestra

Soprano Yeree Suh

Pierre Boulez, Notations I-IV (1978/84) and VII (1998)

Iannis Xenakis, Nekuia (1981)

for mixed choir and 98 musicians

Dutch premiere


Sat June 20 2015 8:30 PM


  • Duration of performance unknown

During the last festival weekend, the Holland Festival will present a new, one-day mini festival inspired by the famous Proms. The festival will feature a thrilling line-up, running from the afternoon until the early hours of the night. As befits any promenade concert, including this one at the Concertgebouw, the seats are taken out of the stalls, allowing the audience to walk around and move to the music freely. The programme starts off with an adventurous, family friendly programme, then explores the depths in classical and contemporary music, and finally concludes with an exciting pop concert. The party is then continued in other parts of the building, so it promises to be a lively affair at the Concertgebouw, right into the small hours. programme lyrics concert 2 and 3