In 2017, Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts made international headlines with its acquisition of more than 100 masterworks of Dutch and Flemish art, including famed paintings by Rembrandt, Peter Paul Rubens, Frans Hals, and many more. The collection instantly made Boston the home of one of the finest collections of Netherlandish art in the world.
Now, with the opening of a new suite of galleries of Dutch and Flemish art, H+H and the MFA celebrate with this first of two concerts of music from the time of Rembrandt, recorded at the MFA using period instruments from their collection, and including commentary from the MFA’s expert curators.
Enjoy this stellar marriage of music and art presented in partnership by two Boston institutions, offered free to all, on YouTube and H+H Plays On.
This recording was made possible through the generous support of two anonymous friends of H+H and the MFA.
Gerrit van Honthorst, The Triumph of the Winter Queen: Allegory of the Just, 1636. Oil on canvas. Private Collection.
Michaelina Wautier, Hearing (The Five Senses), 1650. Oil on canvas. Rose-Marie and Eijk van Otterloo Collection.
Jan Miense Molenaer, Figures by a Virginal in an Interior, 1634. Oil on panel. Museum purchase with funds donated by Rose-Marie and Eijk van Otterloo, in support of the Center for Netherlandish Art.
Virginal (Muselar), Joannes Ruckers the Younger, Antwerp, 1620. Arthur Tracy Cabot Fund.
Harpsichord, Henri Hemsch, Paris, probably 1736. The Edward F. Searles Musical Instrument Collection; Gift of Edward S. Rowland, Benjamin A. Rowland, Jr., George B. Rowland, Daniel B. Rowland, Rodney D. Rowland and M.A. Swedlund in memory of their father, Benjamin Allen Rowland
For more information about the MFA’s galleries of Dutch and Flemish art, visit mfa.org.
This concert was filmed on location and in collaboration with the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
Available starting November 20, 2021
Jacob van Eyck: “Doen Daphne d’over schoone Maeght” (“When Daphne, the most beautiful maiden”) from Der Fluyten Lust-hof
Benedictus Buns, Benedictus à Sancto Josepho: Salve Regina
Benedictus Buns, Benedictus à Sancto Josepho: Adagio from Trio Sonata No. 1 in C Minor
German song: “Mein junges leben hat ein end”
Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck: Six Variations on “Mein junges leben hat ein end”
Sonja DuToit Tengblad, soprano
Debra Nagy, recorder
Aisslinn Nosky and Abigail Karr, violins
Sarah Freiberg, cello
Ian Watson, keyboards
Introductions by MFA Boston Curators
Antien Knaap, Assistant Curator, Art of Europe
Frederick Ilchman, Mrs. Russell W. Baker Curator of Paintings and Chair, Art of Europe
Christopher D.M. Atkins, Van Otterloo–Weatherbie Director, Center for Netherlandish Art
Bobby Giglio, Pappalardo Assistant Curator, Musical Instruments
Recorded November 8, 2021 at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston