Holland Baroque Celebrates its 10th Anniversary
Tuesday, April 12, 2016
In honor of Holland Baroque celebrating it's 10th anniversary, they invited Albert Edelman, artistic coordinator at the Concertgebouw Brugge, Belgium,
to reflect on the future of early music.
"I had never heard anything like this before. Buzzing viols, wreaths of ornaments and unearthly voices filled the room. As candles were extinguished one by one and night took hold of the Utrecht Pieterskerk, everything came together: the space, the repertory, the musicians
and their instruments. And I knew, even in that single concert, that I had converted to early music forever."
"But is it enough for early music to have made its way from the margins to the mainstream? We seem to have reached a point where promoters are losing themselves in the popular and spectacular, without taking responsibility for the development and monitoring of talent. What is the current state of experiment, challenge
and avant-garde, those impulses that have
always shaped the movement?"
Read his full essay 'Capturing early music', published in the Holland Baroque anniversary magazine and now available for download in English.