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Name  Aafje Heynis

Role  Contralto
Aafje Heynis bolcom Aafje Heynis Priesteres in haar vak Mieke
Died  December 16, 2015, Huizen, Netherlands
Albums  Bach: Brandenburg Concertos No. 5,6 & Sacred Cantatas for Alto
Similar People  Elly Ameling, Eduard van Beinum, Arthur Grumiaux, Ernest Ansermet, Louis Devos

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Aafje Heynis (2 May 1924 – 16 December 2015) was a Dutch contralto. In 1961, she was awarded the Harriet Cohen International Music Award. A tea rose, hybridised by Buisman 1964, was named after her.


Aafje Heynis: Stabat Mater by Vivaldi


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Aafje Heynis was born in Krommenie in 1924. At the age of four she sang in a children's choir as well as with her father at the harmonium. On the advice of Jan Mienes, the conductor of the choral society in her native town, she auditioned for teacher Jo Immink in Amsterdam with an arrangement of the "Pilgrims' Chorus" from Richard Wagner's Tannhäuser. From 1946 to 1949 her singing teacher was Aaltje Noordewier-Reddingius and she was also advised by Laurens Bogtman, the great oratorio singer.

Aafje Heynis Aafje Heynis Bach Cantatas amp Other Vocal Works Discography

She quickly established her reputation, to begin with in the field of oratorio. With her performance in Johannes Brahms' Alto Rhapsody with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra under the direction of Eduard van Beinum, she attracted wide attention. She performed many concerts in churches, Lieder recitals, and numerous performances of Johann Sebastian Bach's St Matthew Passion. For the Philips label she made a series of recordings of works by Brahms, Bach, George Frideric Handel and Felix Mendelssohn.

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However, Aafje Heynis showed a particular preference for Gustav Mahler, one consequence of which was a legendary recording of his Symphony No. 2 with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra conducted by Bernard Haitink. She died on 16 December 2015, aged 91.


Aafje Heynis Aafje Heynis Contralto Short Biography
  • Bach, Handel : Sacred Arias, Pierre Palla, Walther Schneiderhan (violinist), Nikolaus Hübner, Meindert Boekel ; Vienna Symphony Orchestra, Amsterdam Chamber Orchestra, Prop Musica Choir ; Dir. Hans Gillesberger, Marinus Voorberg, Lex Karsemeijer.
  • Bach : Cantatas BWV 170 & 169, Sacred Songs, Albert de Klerk, Simon Jansen ; Netherlands Chamber Orchestra, Netherlands Bach Society Choir, Szymon Goldberg.
  • Brahms : Choral Works & Overtures. Vienna Singverein, Vienna Symphony Orchestra; Dir. Wolfgang Sawallisch.
  • Brahms : Alto Rhapsody, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Apollo Royal Male Choir, Eduard Van Beinum (1958).
  • Brahms, Vier ernste Gesänge, piano : Johan van den Boogert (1958).
  • Mahler : Symphony No. 2 "Resurrection", Elly Ameling, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Netherlands Radio Chorus, Bernard Haitink, 1968.
  • Schubert : Rosamunde, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Bernard Haitink.
  • Antonio Vivaldi : The five composisions on Christ's Passion and Introduction to the Miserere, I Solisti Di Milano, Angelo Ephrikian, 1966.

  • Aafje Heynis Bach Aafje Heynis 1958 Cantata No 169 Gott soll allein mein
    Aafje Heynis de la contralto nerlandaise Aafje Heynis
  • Het Puik van zoete kelen (The Cream of Glorious Voices) Philips Dutch Masters 464 385-2 (includes her performance "Sea Slumber Song" by Edward Elgar)
  • Les rarissimes de Aafje Heinis : Gluck, Haydn, Dorjak, Franck, Caplet, Brahms, Schuinbert, R. Strauss, Wolf, Mahler (EMI, 2005)
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