Thursday, 14th November 2019, 20:15
Bach at De Waag:
The Anatomy of genius
Pierre Hantaï, harpsichord
Theatrum Anatomicum, De Waag, Nieuwmarkt 4, 1012 CR Amsterdam
In the 17th century, both medical professionals and the public at large were invited into the Anatomical Theatre in De Waag to delve deep into the mysteries of the human body. On 14 November 2019, the Theatre will once again become a space of experimentation, observation, and learning as harpsichord virtuoso Pierre Hantaï explores the anatomy of genius in an all-Bach program.
Built in 1691, the Anatomical Theatre was the site of public cadaver dissections as education in anatomy for surgeons and for the curiosity of the general public. Typically, the surgeons performed these dissections on the bodies of criminals, as depicted in Rembrandt’s famed painting, The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp (De anatomische les van Dr. Nicolaes Tulp, 1632; Mauritshuis collection). A concert dedicated to the works of a single composer is, in a certain sense, also a dissection: the many layers of the composer’s work are made visible, offering the listener a more detailed and intricate look at the essence of the music.
Pierre Hantaï was inspired to take up the harpsichord by Gustav Leonhardt, with whom he later studied. Renowned not only for his technical brilliance but also for his “emotional eloquence” (Gramophone), Hantaï appears frequently on international stages as both a soloist, alongside his brothers (Marc, traverso; Jérôme, viol), and in such ensembles as La Petite Bands and Le Concert des Nations.
Friday, 29 March 2019, 19:15
Menno van Delft, Dalyn Cook, Artem Belogurov, harpsichords & clavichords
David Mackor, lute
Embassy of the Free Mind Keizersgracht 123, 1015 CJ, Amsterdam
Six heads of gods and goddesses. Four brilliant musicians. Three clavichords. Two harpsichords. One lute.
One unforgettable event: Whispering Nights
On 29 March at 19h15 in the iconic Huis met de Hoofden, MouseEar concerts launches its first season with a celebration of early keyboards and their music. MouseEar founders Artem Belogurov and Menno van Delft will be joined by lutenist David Mackor and keyboardist Dalyn Cook in a house music experience like no other.
Built in 1622, the Huis met de Hoofden is known for the six ornamental heads adorning its façade. Legend has it that the six heads represented a band of thieves who had attempted to rob the residents of the house, but the heads in fact depict six Greek gods and goddesses: Apollo, Bacchus, Ceres, Diana, Mercurius, and Minerva.
The evening begins in the Grote Sael of the Huis met de Hoofden with music for two harpsichords; the house will then come alive with three different short programs for clavichords and lute performed simultaneously in three different rooms. The public - divided into small groups that will visit each room - will delight in the rare intimacy afforded by these combinations of instruments and spaces. The evening will draw to a close with all four musicians performing together.
“Whispering Nights” marks the premiere of the MouseEar concert series, which was established to explore both the rich history and exciting future of historical keyboard instruments in Amsterdam. This evening promises to take listeners where they have never been before. For lovers of early music and historical keyboards, it will be an old favourite made new; for newcomers to these instruments and repertoire, it will be an evening rich with discovery.