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The Netherlands Wind Ensemble (NBE in Dutch) comprises musicians from all the major Dutch symphony orchestras. Playing together for the sheer joy of it, the NBE’s twenty or so members meet up around eighty times a year to perform special programs both in The Netherlands and abroad. The ensemble is famous for its high level of performance and its unique and adventurous programming. The ensemble was founded in 1959 by Thom de Klerk, principal bassoonist of the Concertgebouw Orchestra, who had formed a student wind quintet at the Amsterdam Conservatory, later expanded in order to perform wind serenades such as those by Mozart, Dvořák and Gounod, and ambitiously aimed to make the ensemble into the “I Musici” of wind instruments. The ensemble is joined on this recording by guest pianist Marja Bon.

Netherlands Wind Ensemble
Photo: Hans van der Woerd

Role: Ensemble 
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