Album: Sweelinck, Secular Vocal Works, (Glossa)

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.

Rembrandt: a portrait of the artist as a young lad

US scholar identifies rare depiction of the Old Master as a 16-year-old

All aboard for a trip to Amsterdam

City breaks by self-drive boat are the latest way to see the Dutch city. Jason Burt played skipper

Something to declare: The Hermitage in Amsterdam; Asia and Africa for less; Croatia

Where to go, how to save, what to avoid

Robert Jasper Grootveld: Artist and activist who helped found the Dutch Provos in the 1960s

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.

Van Gogh and the Colours of the Night, Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam

Folklore turned Van Gogh into a tortured loon, but the truth is in his work, and fantasies are pointless

Faulty altimeter a factor in plane crash

A faulty altimeter played a role in the crash at Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport last week that killed nine people, say investigators.

Engine fault suspected in Turkish Airlines crash

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.

Nine killed in jet crash at Amsterdam airport

Local reports suggest Turkish airliner ran out of fuel before landing tail-first in muddy field and breaking into three

Nine die as Amsterdam airliner crashes

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.

Anne Frank’s helper turns 100

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".

Briton jailed for cocaine trafficking

A British woman was jailed for seven months by a judge in Amsterdam today for trafficking cocaine.

DVD: The Diary of Anne Frank (12)

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.

Album: Ligeti, Lux aeterna – Cappella Amsterdam et al, (Harmonia Mundi)

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".

Briton drowns in fall from Amsterdam boat

A British tourist drowned after falling from a boat in Amsterdam, police said today.

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