"Claassen and co have succeeded in arranging pop, jazz and symphonic music into a symbiotic whole that is always in balance, always swings, always takes you along."Jazz & Mo', 01-1-2024
Residentie Orkest The Hague proves that even in the 21st century, symphonic music can still be meaningful to large and diverse audiences. Its reputation as one of the finest orchestras in Europe makes it an appropriate figurehead for The Hague as a cosmopolitan city of justice, peace, and culture. The orchestra performs concert series in the Zuiderstrandtheater in Scheveningen and in addition performs at venues such as Concertgebouw Amsterdam, TivoliVredenburg Utrecht and De Doelen in Rotterdam. Special crossover and innovative productions are also provided at The Hague’s prominent pop venue Paard van Troje throughout the season. The Residentie Orkest performs regularly at various other major concert halls abroad. Tours have brought the orchestra to New York, Boston, Chicago, London and Vienna amongst others and the orchestra also performed in countries like Japan, China, Germany, France and South America. There are also many prolific collaborations with a wide range of partners, including the Dutch National Theatre, Gemeentemuseum and the Dutch National Opera. Recent seasons have seen a much acclaimed production of Messiaen’s rarely performed opera Saint François d’Asisse and Poulenc’s Dialogues des Carmélites.
A rich history Since its first concert in 1904, the Residentie Orkest has developed into one of the prominent symphony orchestras of The Netherlands. Founded by Dr Henri Viotta, who was also its first principal conductor, it quickly attracted composers like Richard Strauss, Igor Stravinsky, Max Reger, Maurice Ravel, Paul Hindemith and Vincent d’Indy. Guest conductors included Arturo Toscanini, Bruno Walter, Leonard Bernstein and Hans Knappertsbusch.
After World War II, Willem van Otterloo was appointed chief conductor. He led the orchestra from 1949 to 1973 and built a strong reputation by combining high-quality performances with adventurous programming. Van Otterloo was succeeded by Jean Martinon, Ferdinand Leitner, Hans Vonk, Evgenii Svetlanov, Jaap van Zweden and Neeme Järvi.
Chief conductor Starting season 2018/2019 Nicholas Collon is chief conductor and artistic advisor of the Residentie Orkest. Richard Egarr will join the orchestra as principal guest conductor in 2019. Until the summer of 2019 Jan Willem de Vriend will act as principal conductor.
Claassen and co have succeeded in arranging pop, jazz and symphonic music into a symbiotic whole that is always in balance, always swings, always takes you along.
Jazz & Mo', 01-1-2024
...the whole thing adds up to a production that you can play from beginning to end and listen to repeatedly, without any weak spots.
The well-balanced collaboration between orchestra, singer and band is particularly successful. The instrumental solos are much more than short riffs between the vocals, and each musician is given the time to express themselves. The arrangements are so interwoven into the whole that it is difficult to say in a blind test whether this is a band, an orchestra or a star singer.
Claassen's multicolored voice rises above the solid wind parts with playful ease and in calmer waters the orchestra gives the singer all the space to tell her musical story.
Nederlands Dagblad, 11-8-2023
The bigger the orchestra, the better Claassen sings, it seems. Her great timing and scat skills flourish here in compositions of her own or those of her husband, saxophonist Paul Heller.
De Volkskrant, 01-6-2023
In the last song, her exuberant scat solo blends beautifully with the rich sound of the symphony orchestra.
Fay sings the pieces sovereignly, with the help of pianist Karel Boehlee, guitarist Peter Tiehuis, bassist Theo de Jong and drummer Jasper van Hulten.
Fay is so good at scatting. What a voice, what ease, what agility, what a musicality! Super solos by the rhythm section. Special chorus of the entire 'band' with a good timing!
Klassieke Zaken, 01-6-2023
... At the beginning Fay Claassen simply does her thing to loud horns and a tight drum pulse; stringent, tough and variable, until the hammer guitar of Peter Tiehuis chases away the last remnants of lethargy...