(We will add program notes later as they become available)
Amsterdam Loeki Stardust Quartet
Friday, February 27, 2004, 8:00 p.m.
See also Workshop February 28 in Dallas
"…a thoroughly unconventional ensemble that defies standard notions about the recorder and its limitations." (Chicago Tribune)
Noted for flawless ensemble playing and breathtaking technique, this internationally renowned Dutch recorder quartet presents a concert of renaissance masterworks from Spain and the Low Countries performed on a collection of recorders ranging in size from the 6 inch garklein to the six-foot contrabass.
Founded in 1978, the Amsterdam Loeki Stardust Quartet has continually explored the boundaries of the recorder consort. Following its formation, the ensemble's reputation grew quickly and was further strengthened at the 1981 Musica Antigua Competition in Bruges where, challenging the competition rules, it performed an unusual arrangement of a Stevie Wonder song and emerged as the winner.
The members of the Quartet as it stands today - Daniël Brüggen, Bertho Driever, Daniël Koschitzki and Karel van Steenhoven - enjoy an international career and are recognized as a serious ensemble of unparalleled virtuosity. They have appeared together at many early music festivals including those in Berlin, Utrecht, London and Sapporo, and regularly tour throughout Europe, the USA and Japan.
In addition to the classic consort music of the Renaissance and Baroque periods, the Quartet's repertoire includes many significant twentieth-century works. A number of composers have been inspired to write for the Quartet, which has helped create a new repertoire that proves the instrument to be an important voice of our time.
The Quartet also contributes to the expansion of the recorder repertoire by publishing a series of new recorder music with Moeck Verlag as well as being involved in the development of recorders. The group has assembled a unique collection of over a hundred Renaissance, Baroque and modern recorders, ranging from the 8-inch sopranino to the sub-contrabass, which measures over nine feet. The group's numerous recordings (for L'Oiseau-Lyre, Decca and Channel Classics) have confirmed its reputation as the world's most innovative and exciting recorder consort and two discs have received the prestigious Edison Award.
These activities are made possible in part by a grant from the City of Houston and the Texas Commission on the Arts through the Cultural Arts Council of Houston and Harris County