Concerto Amsterdam

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Concerto Amsterdam was a classical chamber ensemble based in the Netherlands and active during the 1960s and 70s in both live performance and the recording studio. It was founded in 1960 by the Dutch violinist Jaap Schröder with most of its members drawn from Amsterdam's Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra.[1] In addition to Schröder who served as the ensemble's concert master until 1973, its soloists have included keyboardist Gustav Leonhardt, violist Joke Vermeulen, flautist Frans Brüggen, and cellist Anner Bylsma.[2][3]

Concerto Amsterdam's musicians originally played on modern instruments using "historically informed" performance techniques. However, in the late 1960s the ensemble transitioned to performing on "period" instruments.[4][5] The mainstay of their repertoire was music from the Baroque and early Classical periods, but they also made the first complete recording of Die 7 Kammermusiken by the 20th-century composer Paul Hindemith.[2] The ensemble received the Edison Award in 1977.[6] Many of their original vinyl recordings for Telefunken have since been reissued on CD by Teldec in Das Alte Werke series.


Concerto Amsterdam's recordings include:


  1. ^ Bibliothèque nationale de France. Concerto Amsterdam. Retrieved 28 September 2015 (in French).
  2. ^ a b High Fidelity/Musical America, Volume 19, Issue 1, p. 75.
  3. ^ Lang, Paul Henry (July 1965). "Record Review: Telemann Musique de Table". The Musical Quarterly, Vol. 51, No. 3, pp. 580-585. Retrieved 28 September 2015 (subscription required).
  4. ^ BBC Music Magazine (20 January 2012). "Teldec: Das Alte Werk". Retrieved 28 September 2015.
  5. ^ Watchorn, Peter (2007). Isolde Ahlgrimm, Vienna and the Early Music Revival, pp. 18–19. Ashgate Publishing
  6. ^ Billboard Magazine (3 December 1977). "Edison Winners Featured on TV", p. 65.