This summer, Het Collectief was invited once again at the Saintes festival. On the programme: Gustav Mahler"s 'Ds Lied von der Erde', in a version for ensemble composed by Reinbert de Leeuw, who conducted the performance himself.
When Arnold Schoenberg created the ‘Verein für musikalische Privataufführungen’ (Society for Private Musical Performances) in 1918, a new genre came into being. The lack of a big orchestra necessitated downsized versions of full-fledged orchestral works. These transcriptions for single strings and single woodwinds owe their characteristic timbre to the subtle adding of harmonium and piano.