Aardenburg, inner town
March 8, 2008
At the request of the Stichting Orgelkring in Aardenburg on Saturday
March 8, 2008 at 8 p.m. Raphaella Smits gave a well received
recital in the Reformed church of Sint-Kruis, called 'Peperbusse' (the
The Dutch reviewer Jeanette Vergouwen wrote: "A
guitar recital can be demanding for many listeners. To listen an hour
and a half to music from the 19th century and to music of J.S. Bach for
guitar solo requires an effort and concentration. If however the soloist
is Raphaella Smits, it turns out to be not that difficult at all. She
knows how to keep us in suspense and she convinces with a stunning technique
and a dynamic delivery. With her integrity for style and musicality she
captures our attention from start to finish." (see: the full
Sint-Kruis is a part of Aardenburg, and is situated in Zeeuws-Vlaanderen,
the southern part of the province of Zeeland.
earlier days Aardenburg was called Rodenburgh (the Red Castle). The town
received its city privileges around 1187 and therefore it is one of the
oldest towns in the Netherlands.
Remains of a Roman fortress show an even older history and is at display
in the local museum.
Zeeuws-Vlaanderen and more particularly Aardenburg/Sint-Kruis are easy
to access via Terneuzen for those coming from other parts of the Netherlands,
and via Maldegem for those coming from Belgium.
Peperbusse" church of Sint-Kruis