The Empeiria show, staged in the beautiful setting of the former royal palace Soestdijk in Baarn, presented classical artists together with pop singers in a vast cross-over and genres mixing experiment in a TV-show like format: several artists (Iris Hond, piano, Lavina Meijer, harp, Rosanne Philippens, violin and JB Meijers, guitar) were gathered around the charismatic (and popular) name of Ludovico Einaudi who starred in the second part of the evening playing some of his most popular compositions. The music played ranged from Strauss’ Also sprach Zarathustra to Barber’s Adagio, intertwined with soundtrack music form famous movies like Out of Africa and Schindler’s list, all beautifully played by the Dutch Radio Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Karel Deseure, a young conductor I appreciated in a recent production of La bohème. Among the soloists, the violinist Rosanne Philippens mostly impressed me, with her lyrical playing she showed in the first movement of Mendelssohn’s Violin concerto: it would be very interested to listen again to her in a different context. Great success for all the artists and in particular a standing ovation for Ludovico Einaudi from the numerous public present in the beautiful courtyard of the Soestdijk palace.
The review refers to the performance of 3 September 2016.
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