Welcome to the website of Essential Music, the new project of the re:orchestra

Music is all around us and influences our life... With this premise as a starting point, Essential Music explores the relation between the works of composers and the folk music music around them. The  program consists of music by Dmitri Shostakovich and East European folk tunes

After an intense tour to the M4 Culture festival in Crans Montana, Switzerland in July 2014, the re:orchestra recorded the program at the MCO Studios in Hilversum, The Netherlands. During the tour and recording sessions the orchestra was followed by a team of film makers that are in the process of making a documentary about about the project.  Both CD and documentary are expected to be released in June 2015. 

Take a tour in our website, read about Shostakovich's life, folk music and the relation between folk and classical music.  Check out our videos and and stay in tune for news and updates of our musical journey!











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