Night at the museum
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Sunday 12 July 2009
Principally known for his keyboard works, Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck (1562-1621) was also an accomplished madrigalist. Gesualdo Consort Amsterdam's three-disc set confirms his extraordinary facility for absorbing different styles, from the robust to the florid.
Monday 29 June 2009
Sunday 21 June 2009
Saturday 06 June 2009
Wednesday 20 May 2009
No single person can be said to have created the worldwide cultural phenomenon we call "the Sixties". But the Dutch anti-smoking "magician" and voodoo showman Robert Jasper Grootveld has a better claim than most. In the early Sixties, his surreal, dadaist "happenings" in Amsterdam electrified the city's bored youth and led to the creation of the playful Provo movement (short for "provocation"). With the charismatic, flamboyantly transvestite Grootveld as a spokesman, Provo was a catalyst for cultural revolution. The group provided free bicycles, subverted a royal wedding and humiliated the stiff-necked Dutch establishment and Amsterdam police force so effectively that both groups – and the country - underwent a near-total personality change. Provo lasted only from 1965 to 1967 but the spirit of what Grootveld dubbed "International Magic Centre Amsterdam" broke old Holland, inspired hippies in San Francisco and musicians and artists in London and paved the way, among other things, for the summer of love, Dutch total football and the green movement.
Sunday 08 March 2009
Thursday 05 March 2009
A faulty altimeter played a role in the crash at Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport last week that killed nine people, say investigators.
Friday 27 February 2009
Engine trouble may have caused the Turkish Airlines crash that killed nine people in the Netherlands, the head of the agency investigating the accident said yesterday.
Thursday 26 February 2009
Wednesday 25 February 2009
A Turkish Airlines plane with 135 people aboard slammed into a muddy field while attempting to land at Amsterdam's main airport today. Nine people were killed and more than 50 were injured, many seriously, officials said.
Friday 13 February 2009
When Miep Gies rescued a jumble of notebooks and papers from an Amsterdam attic in August 1944, she had no idea that she was creating a literary, and historical, phenomenon. She thought that she was preserving the precious diary of a 15-year-old girl, who would be overjoyed to rediscover her "old friend" when she returned "after the war".
Tuesday 27 January 2009
A British woman was jailed for seven months by a judge in Amsterdam today for trafficking cocaine.
Friday 16 January 2009
The holocaust has long been a byword in film and television for the kind of over-emotional representation that is so easily spun out of a profoundly dark period of human history, and the staggering weight that constant historical and dramatical reinterpretation have brought to bear has been particularly pressing on the retelling of the story of Anne Frank.
Sunday 21 December 2008
Susanne van Els's cool reading of the three movements of Ligeti's folk-inspired Sonata for Solo Viola frame Capella Amsterdam's focused performances of "Lux aeterna" and "Drei Fantasien nach Friedrich Hölderlin".
Monday 13 October 2008
A British tourist drowned after falling from a boat in Amsterdam, police said today.
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