The Orlando Festival starts with a tribute to Hans Kox, central composer, of whom 14 compositions will sound during this edition. Kox passed away earlier in 2019, but was aware what Orlando would program. A century before Kox wrote down the song of the blackbird Schoenberg composed the gorgeous late-romantic songs op.2, seldom sung by a tenor.
Four editions ago Axel Everaert sang Schoenberg’s orchestral songs op. 8 with Gruppo Montebello, a performance that also was recorded for CD. Another century earlier Beethoven wrote the fierce sonata that we now know as “Appassionata”, performed by Shuann Chai on a historic piano.
Hans Kox (1930-2019) Le Chant du Merle (1998)
Ingrid Geerlings flute
Arnold Schönberg (1874-1951) Vier Lieder op.2 (1899-1900) Axel Everaert tenor & Charly Delbecq piano
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 – 1827) Sonata nr.23 op.57 (Appassionata) (1803-1806)
Shuann Chai piano