Yesterday I went to the second edition of Wonderfeel in ‘s-Graveland near Hilversum. A new festival which aims for a rethinking of the way we present and enjoy classical and contemporary music. I really liked the Ongehoord stage, with highlights like Diamanda Dramm + Helena Basilova playing Prokofiev’s Violin Sonata No. 1 (opus 80), composed between 1938 and 1946.
Kapok + Ragazze Quartet + Slagwerk Den Haag completely knocked me off my feet with a gorgeous and very intense rendition of Terry Riley’s In C (1964). Have a look at Ragazze’s studio performance with Kapok in Vrije Geluiden. I also added a short smartphone impression of the magical moment the players of Slagwerk Den Haag join in for the ritual.
“Prachtige lessen in onthaasting en loslaten, hallucinerend ook. (…) Zoveel intelligentie en verfijning: nergens zitten de instrumenten elkaar in de weg.” (Review in Dutch by Jurjen Vis for Luister magazine.)
Rosa from Ragazze Quartet received this message by Terry Riley: “I had been meaning to get in touch to tell you what an imaginative and exciting performance of that piece your group came up with. I really liked the arrangement and the awesome performance.”