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ARTISTIC CIRCLE : KONINKLIJKE MAATSCHAPPIJ DER NIEUWE CONCERTEN - Antwerp

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HISTORY :

The Royal Society of New Concerts in Antwerp was one of the most important concert associations in Belgium. In 1903, the organisation grew from the slightly anarchistic mouvement De Kapel.

Frans FranckHenri FesterThe real founders were :
François Franck,
Ernest van Dyck, the famous Wagnertenor
Maurice Huffmann and
Henri Fester (both ex-chairmen of the former music cercle 'Société de Musique')

Pictures: Frans Franck and Henri Fester

The two directors of music were Lodewijk Mortelmans (1903-1914) and Lodewijk De Vocht (1921-1936).

KMNC PosterThanks to the maecenas of the german trade colony in Antwerp, the cercle could present major international conductors and soloist to the Antwerp audience.
After the concerts, most of the time, a diner was served at Frans Francks home, as a final, with the conductor or soloist. Lodewijk Mortelmans, accompagnied by his wife Gabrielle Mortelmans, were regularly present.
Lodewijk Mortelmans prepared the concerts with orchestra, sometimes he conducted himself, other times there was a guest-conductor or a solist, invited to perform.
Anyway, he was succesfull by per example presenting german names on the billboard, and the Antwerp audience enjoyed it.
Once the commercial colony no longer invested financially, regarding high costs for the orchestra and the organisation, this story had to end too.

 

INVITEES

 
 
Numerous famous artistes were invited in the city of Antwerp.
 
Gustav Mahler    Sergei Prokofiev    Igor Stravinsky    Pablo Casals    Sergei Rachmaninov

Amongst the invited conductors and soloists are some great names :
Claudio Arrau - Pablo Casals - Pablo de Sarasate - Gustav Mahler - Nathan Milstein - Sergei Prokofiev - 
Sergei Rachmaninov - Hans Richter - Richard Strauss - Igor Stravinsky - Jacques Thibaud - Siegfried Wagner

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LITERATURE : ANTWERPSE MUZIEK - EPHEMERA

Toneel, Concert & Opera - 1860 - 1920

Text is available on Dutch page

© Uitgeverij De Vlijt, Antwerpen MCMLX

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NEWSPAPER : DE NIEUWE GAZET

Wednesday 28 SEPTEMBER 1904 - De Nieuwe Koncerten - (The New Concerts)

De Nieuwe Gazet 1904

Full text is available on Dutch page

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INVITEES

  • K.M.N.C. :  
  • LIST OF SOME INVITEES  

Claudio Arrau

 

Claudio Arrau, chilean pianist

website : http://nl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Claudio_Arrau

Pablo Casals

 

Pablo Casals, catalan violincello

website : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pablo_Casals

Pablo de Sarasate

 

Pablo de Sarasate

website : http://nl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pablo_de_Sarasate

Gustav Mahler

 

Gustav Mahler

website : http://nl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gustav_Mahler

Nathan Milstein

 

Nathan Milstein

website : http://nl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nathan_Milstein

Sergei Prokofiev

 

Sergei Prokofiev

website : http://nl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sergei_Prokofiev
website : http://www.prokofiev.org/

Sergei Rachmaninov

 

Sergei Rachmaninov

website : http://nl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sergei_Rachmaninov

Hans Richter

 

Hans Richter

website : http://nl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hans_Richter

Richard Strauss

 

Richard Strauss

website : http://nl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Strauss
website : http://www.richardstrauss.at/

Igor Stravinsky

 

Igor Stravinsky

website : http://nl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Igor_Stravinsky

Jacques Thibaud

 

Jacques Thibaud

website : http://nl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jacques_Thibaud

Siegfried Wagner

 

Siegfried Wagner

website : http://nl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Siegfried_Wagner

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