In 2013 and 2014, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra is harking back to a tradition of the past. From 1895 onwards, it was Willem Mengelberg who made Beethoven’s œuvre the core of the orchestra’s repertoire, following the cautious introduction of the symphonies, considered by many at the time to be heavy and unwieldy, during the years of Willem Kes’s tenure.
Starting in 1922, the Concertgebouw Orchestra performed a Beethoven cycle at the end of each season, during which all the symphonies – and other works too – would be performed, often in quick succession. The cycle was interrupted for the first time in 1957 for three performances of Beethoven’s Missa solemnis. The tradition then began to dwindle, with the last Beethoven Series performed in 1978. Now for the very first time, the orchestra will be performing all the symphonies in a single cycle, spread out over two seasons, under the direction of Iván Fischer.
Please note: the first concert in this series is on 11 May 2013. Your order for the series must have been received by 1 May 2013 at the latest.