Lavinia Meijer, Carel Kraayenhof concert report


In this 26 April 2015 Dutch TV video, Dutch harp player Lavinia Meijer is interviewed; and plays Clair de lune, by Claude Debussy.

And in this music video, Dutch bandoneon player Carel Kraayenhof and his group play one of Kraayenhof’s compositions, Desconcierto.

Lavinia Meijer and Carel Kraayenhof met two years ago, in Carré theatre in Amsterdam. They decided they would like to do concerts together. Bandoneon and harp is a unique combination.

On 22 May 2015, they played together in the Hooglandse Kerk, Saint Pancras church, in Leiden. This is a big late medieval Gothic church. Very many people had come for the concert. Some people had to stand.

First, Meijer and Kraayenhof played Enrique Granados Campiña, #5 of 12 danzas españolas.

Then, a milonga by Jorge Cardoso from Argentina. In this and other Argentine music, Ms Meijer’s harp played a role somewhat similar to guitars in Argentine musical tradition.

Then, Nata blanca, by Kraayenhof himself. The title means ‘White nose’; because Kraayenhof’s cat has a white nose.

Then, La puñalada, by Uruguyan composer Pintín Castellanos.

Then, three compositions by Astor Piazzolla: Burdel; Café; and Nightclub.

Concert Meijer-Kraayenhof, 22 May 2015

This cell phone photo was taken while Nightclub was played.

Then, a harp solo by Lavinia Meijer: Clair de lune, by Debussy.

Kraayenhof returned to the stage, to join in playing Il postino, by Luis Bacalov. This is music from the film of the same name; about the exile of Chilean poet Pablo Neruda in Italy.

Then, Kraayenhof’s Desconcierto.

Then, Anselmo Aieta‘s Palomita blanca.

Then, Kraayenhof’s own work again: So many partings.

Finally, Mariano Mores, Taquito militar.

As the audience clapped enthusiastically, there was an encore: Lo que vendrá, by Astor Piazzolla.

In this video, two guitarists play Lo que vendrá.

As I left the church, five swifts flying together over a roof, calling.

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