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A triumph for idiots

RCO Editions 18

'Muddle instead of music' — so ran Stalin’s condemnation of Shostakovich’s music. The composer feared for his life and took the precaution of withdrawing his Fourth Symphony before its premiere. To make amends he composed his triumphant Fifth Symphony according to accepted Soviet policy — but exactly how triumphant is the Fifth in reality?

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Enriched work

Dmitri Shostakovich
Symphony No. 5 in D minor, Op. 47
Conductor: Andris Nelsons
Commentary: Henk Rubingh (principal 2nd violin) & Kersten McCall (principal flute)
Bar to Bar: written analysis by Aad van der Ven
Het Concertgebouw Amsterdam, 8 and 9 October 2014

Extra works

Dmitri Shostakovich
Symphony No. 4 in C minor, Op. 43
Koninklijk Concertgebouworkest
Conductor: Andris Nelsons
Het Concertgebouw Amsterdam, 23 and 24 Oktober 2014

Dmitri Shostakovich
Concerto for piano, trumpet and strings in C minor, Op. 35
Koninklijk Concertgebouworkest
Yuja Wang, piano
Omar Tomasoni, trumpet
Conductor: Mariss Jansons
Het Concertgebouw Amsterdam, 18 and 19 September 2014

Richard Strauss
Suite from Der Rosenkavalier, Op. 59
Koninklijk Concertgebouworkest
Conductor: Mariss Jansons
Het Concertgebouw Amsterdam, 9 and 10 May 2012

Articles

  • Introduction: Michiel Cleij

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The Fate of a Symphony

RCO Editions 17

Per aspera ad astra, 'through hardship to victory' could have been the motto of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony. In this 17th RCO Edition we combine Iván Fischer’s performance of the Fifth with a work that ends on a less positive note: Mahler’s Sixth Symphony conducted by Lorin Maazel. Orchestra members Gregor Horsch and Liviu Prunaru feature as soloists in a beautiful performance of Brahms's Double Concerto and Beethoven’s Fourth Symphony brings the Edition to an optimistic close; it also marks the final instalment of Iván Fischer’s recordings of the complete Beethoven symphonies in RCO Editions.

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Enriched work

Ludwig van Beethoven
Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67
Conductor: Iván Fischer
Commentary: Iván Fischer
Bar to Bar: written analysis by Aad van der Ven
Score
Het Concertgebouw Amsterdam, 10 and 11 May 2013

Additional concert recordings

Ludwig van Beethoven
Symphony No. 4 in B flat major, Op. 60
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Conductor: Iván Fischer
Het Concertgebouw Amsterdam, 24, 26 & 27 March 2014

Johannes Brahms
Concerto for Violin and Cello in A minor, Op. 102
Liviu Prunaru, violin
Gregor Horsch, cello
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Conductor: Andris Nelsons
Het Concertgebouw Amsterdam, 23 and 24 October 2014

Gustav Mahler
Symphony No. 6 in A minor
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Conductor: Lorin Maazel
Het Concertgebouw Amsterdam, 20 October 2010

Articles

  • Introduction: Sabien Van Dale

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A Requiem for the Living

RCO Editions 16

Whilst the Latin Requiem Mass is filled with sorrow and pain, Brahms chose the most consoling texts from the German Bible for his moving Ein deutsches Requiem. This is a Requiem on a human scale for those who have been left behind.

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Enriched work

Johannes Brahms
Ein deutsches Requiem, Op. 45
Genia Kühmeier, soprano
Gerald Finley, bass
Netherlands Radio Choir
Michael Gläser, choirmaster
Conductor: Mariss Jansons
Commentary: Anna de Veij Mestdagh (2nd violin) & Kersten McCall (principal flute)
Bar to Bar: written analysis by Michel Khalifa
Het Concertgebouw Amsterdam, 20 & 21 September 2012

Additional concert recordings

Joseph Haydn
Cello Concerto No. 1 in C major, Hob.VIIb:1
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Conductor: Mariss Jansons
Het Concertgebouw Amsterdam, 24, 26 & 27 March 2014

Gustav Mahler
Totenfeier
Yefim Bronfman, piano
Conductor: Fabio Luisi
Het Concertgebouw Amsterdam, 18 & 20 May 2011

Richard Strauss
Also sprach Zarathustra, Op. 30
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Conductor: Andris Nelsons
Het Concertgebouw Amsterdam, 25 December 2013

Articles

  • Introduction: Henriëtte Sanders

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Shostakovich's Tenth Symphony

RCO Editions 15

The Tenth Symphony marked a turning point in Shostakovich’s work: in it he settled his accounts with Stalin, his greatest enemy. Stalin’s death meant greater freedom and happiness for Shostakovich, although he also saw the consequences of Stalin’s decades of terror all too clearly.

Enriched work

Dmitri Shostakovich
Symphony No. 10 in E minor, Op. 93
Conductor: Andris Nelsons
Commentary: Herman Rieken (percussion) & Nick Woud (timpani)Bar to Bar: written analysis by Aad van der Ven
Het Concertgebouw Amsterdam, 8 & 9 October 2014

Additional concert recordings

Gustav Mahler
Symphony No. 9 in D major
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Conductor: Bernard Haitink
Het Concertgebouw Amsterdam, 13 & 15 May 2011

Béla Bartók
Piano Concerto No. 3
Yefim Bronfman, piano
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Conductor: Daniele Gatti
Het Concertgebouw Amsterdam, 22 August 2013

Witold Lutosławski
Musique funèbre
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Conductor: Daniele Gatti
Het Concertgebouw Amsterdam, 22 August 2013

Articles

  • Introduction: Paul Janssen

Faits divers

  • Video: Hans Haffmans interviews Andris Nelsons about Shostakovich's Tenth Symphony

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Bruckner's Ninth Symphony

RCO Editions 14

'If God in his goodness should only let me finish this work’ — we are told that these were Bruckner’s own words. The Austrian master composer was mortally ill and died shortly before he could complete his Ninth Symphony. We have to be content with three heavenly movements, dedicated to God himself.

Enriched work

Anton Bruckner
Symphony No. 9 in D minor
Conductor: Mariss Jansons
Commentary: Sharon St. Onge (horn) & Perry Hoogendijk (tuba)
Bar to Bar: written analysis by Aad van der Ven
Score
Het Concertgebouw Amsterdam, 19, 21 & 23 March 2014

Additional concert recordings

Ludwig van Beethoven
Piano Concerto No. 1 in C major, Op. 15
Lars Vogt, piano
Conductor: Mariss Jansons
Het Concertgebouw Amsterdam, 19, 21 & 23 March 2014

Gustav Mahler
Symphony No. 7 in E minor
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Conductor: Pierre Boulez
Het Concertgebouw Amsterdam, 20 and 21 January 2011

Johannes Brahms
Tragic Overture, Op. 81
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Dirigent: Herbert Blomstedt
Het Concertgebouw Amsterdam, 16 & 17 January 2014

Articles

  • Introduction: Aad van der Ven

Faits divers

  • Video interview: Prof. Dr. Klaus Laczika about Bruckner's Ninth Symphony

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The Miraculous Lightness of Being

RCO Editions 13

At the end of his life Richard Strauss wrote a concerto for oboe. It is a piece full of light and life – unexpectedly, perhaps, considering his age and the dark times Germany was going through. This lightness of touch is as unexpected as the way in which Martijn Padding took a sixteenth-century Dutch song, Ick Seg Adieu (I Bid You Adieu), and gave it a sparkling new life, or the way Benjamin Britten put the fantastic visions of Arthur Rimbaud to music. This is an edition full of brightness, lightness, play.

Enriched work

Richard Strauss
Oboe Concerto
Conductor: Andris Nelsons
Soloist: Alexei Ogrintchouk (oboe)
Commentary: Alexei Ogrintchouk
Bar to Bar: written analysis by Aad van der Ven
Het Koninklijk Concertgebouw Amsterdam, 8 & 9 October 2014

Additional concert recordings

Louis Andriessen
Mysteriën (Version No. 1)
Conductor: Mariss Jansons
Het Koninklijk Concertgebouw Amsterdam, 3 November 2013

Benjamin Britten
Les illuminations, Op. 18
Ian Bostridge, tenor
Conductor: Andris Nelsons
Het Koninklijk Concertgebouw Amsterdam, 12 & 13 December 2013 

Claude Debussy
Six épigraphes antiques (orch. Rudolf Escher)
Conductor: Andris Nelsons
Het Koninklijk Concertgebouw Amsterdam, 12 & 13 December 2013 

Marius Flothuis
Cantus Amoris
Conductor: Andris Nelsons
Het Koninklijk Concertgebouw Amsterdam, 8 & 9 October 2014 

Martijn Padding
Ik seg adieu (1540)
Conductor: Mariss Jansons
Het Koninklijk Concertgebouw Amsterdam, 19 & 20 March 2015

Articles

  • Essay: Koen Kleijn – Strauss's Oboe Concerto

Faits divers

  • Video interview 1: Alexei Ogrintchouk about Strauss's Oboe Concerto
  • Video interview 2: Martijn Padding about Ik seg adieu and contemporary Dutch music

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Beethoven: Joy and freedom

RCO Editions 12

In his Ninth Symphony Beethoven calls on all the peoples of the world to be reconciled and to live as brothers. The symphony is as revolutionary as it is irresistible; its influence was clearly to be felt in such contemporary events as the fall of the Berlin Wall and the Tiananmen Square protests in Peking.

Enriched work

Ludwig van Beethoven
Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125
Dirigent: Iván Fischer
Solisten: Myrtò Papatanasiu (sopraan), Bernarda Fink (mezzosopraan), Burkhard Fritz (tenor), Gerald Finley (bariton)
Koor: Groot Omroepkoor
Commentaar: Iván Fischer
Bar to Bar: written analysis by Michel Khalifa
Score
Het Koninklijk Concertgebouw Amsterdam, 21 February 2014

Additional concert recordings

Ludwig van Beethoven
Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92
Conductor: Iván Fischer
Het Koninklijk Concertgebouw Amsterdam, 10 January 2014 

Ludwig van Beethoven
Symphony No. 8 in F major, op. 93
Conductor: Iván Fischer
Het Koninklijk Concertgebouw Amsterdam, 21 February 2014

Gioachino Rossini
Overture La gazza ladra
Conductor: Mariss Jansons
Het Koninklijk Concertgebouw Amsterdam, 19 September 2014

Articles

  • Essay 1: Christopher Gibbs – Beethoven IX
  • Essay 2: Koen Kleijn - Beethoven and Schiller

Faits divers

  • Video interview 1: Brüder! The Choir sings the Ninth (interview with chorus master Klaas Stok)
  • Video interview 2: Brotherhood: Four Soloists (interview with Myrtò Papatanasiu, Bernarda Fink, Burkhard Fritz and Gerald Finley
  • Shortcuts to Beethoven IX

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Mahler: Heavenly Life

RCO Editions 11

Life was not always kind to Gustav Mahler, but at the end of his Fourth Symphony a bright young voice sings about life in heaven. A happy, cheerful, innocent, blessed existence, expressed perfectly in music.

Enriched work

Gustav Mahler
Symfonie No. 4 in G major
Conductor: Mariss Jansons
Soloist: Anna Prohaska, sopraan
Commentary: Henriètte Luytjes (first violin) & Nienke van Rijn (first violin)
Bar to Bar: written analysis by Michel Khalifa
Score
Het Koninklijk Concertgebouw Amsterdam, 25 December 2014

Additional concert recordings

Gustav Mahler
Symfonie No. 1 in D major
Conductor: Daniel Harding
Het Koninklijk Concertgebouw Amsterdam, 30 September 2009

Gustav Mahler
Symfonie No. 5 in C sharp minor
Conductor: Daniele Gatti
Het Koninklijk Concertgebouw Amsterdam, 25 June 2010

Gustav Mahler
Das Lied von der Erde
Conductor: Fabio Luisi
Soloists: Anna Larsson, alto and Robert Dean Smith, tenor
Het Koninklijk Concertgebouw Amsterdam, 18 and 20 May 2011 

Articles

  • Essay 1: Koen Kleijn - Mahler IV: Heavenly Life
  • Essay 2: Bas van Putten - Mariss Jansons, chief conductor 2004-2015

Faits divers/ short

  • Interview: Singing Mahler - Roberta Alexander, Thomas Hampson and Jard van Nes

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Beethoven: Back to Nature

RCO Editions 10

‘No one can love the country as much as I do’ wrote Beethoven. Walking in the countryside around Vienna he made notes of what he saw and – before things got worse – heard: birds singing, the dance music of the farmers, a babbling brook, and a raging thunderstorm. He brought all that together into the Sixth symphony: a hymn to nature.

Enriched work

Ludwig van Beethoven
Symphony No. 6 in F major, Op. 68 'Pastoral'
Conductor: Iván Fischer
Commentary: Iván Fischer
Commentary: Alexei Ogrintchouk (principal oboe RCO) & Kersten McCall (principal flute RCO)
Bar to Bar: written analysis by Paul van Reijen
Score
Koninklijk Concertgebouw Amsterdam, 9-10 January 2014

Additional concert recordings

Gustav Mahler
Symphony No. 3 in D minor
Conductor: Mariss Jansons
Soloist: Bernarda Fink, mezzo-soprano
Choirs: Netherlands Radio Choir, Boys of the Breda Sacrament Choir, Rijnmond Boys' Choir
Koninklijk Concertgebouw Amsterdam, 3-4 February 2010 

Ludwig van Beethoven
Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor, Op. 37
Conductor: Mariss Jansons
Soloist: Emanuel Ax, piano
Koninklijk Concertgebouw Amsterdam, 18-19 September 2013

Antonio Vivaldi
Le quattro stagioni, Op. 8
Soloist & conductor: Vesko Eschkenazy, violin &

Astor Piazzolla
Las quatro estaciones Porteñas
Soloist & conductor: Liviu Prunaru, violin
Koninklijk Concertgebouw Amsterdam, 27 June 2014

Articles

  • Essay 1: Christopher H. Gibbs: The Pastoral Symphony: Beethoven's Hymn to Nature 
  • Essay 2: The Green Symphony (Interview with Iván Fischer by Michael McManus)

Faits divers/ short

  • Interview: Piet Oudolf, garden and planting designer, about man and nature

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Romeo and Juliet and Stalin

RCO Editions 9

Daniele Gatti conducts the indestructible ballet score by Sergei Prokofiev. His Romeo & Juliet has everything: star-crossed lovers, a family feud, duels, dancing, a wedding and a dramatic finale at a tomb. But Shakespeare was not the only one to influence the music: Prokofiev had to deal with Stalin, too.

Enriched work

Sergei Prokofiev
Romeo and Juliet Suite (selection Gatti)
Conductor: Daniele Gatti
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Commentary: Daniele Gatti
Commentary: Vesko Eschkenazy (concert master RCO) & Henk Rubingh (leader 2nd violins RCO)
Bar to Bar: written analysis by Michiel Cleij
Koninklijk Concertgebouw Amsterdam, 22 August 2013

Additional concert recordings

Giuseppe Verdi
Falstaff
Conductor: Daniele Gatti
Soloists: Ambrogio Maestri (Falstaff), Massimo Cavalletti (Ford), Daniela Barcellona (Mrs. Quickly), Fiorenza Cedolins (Alice Ford), Lisette Oropesa (Nanetta), Paolo Fanale (Fenton), Carlo Bosi (Dottore Cajus), Patrizio Saudelli (Bardolfo), Giovanni Battista Parodi (Pistola), Maite Beaumont (Meg Page)
Director: Robert Carsen
Het Muziektheater Amsterdam, June 2014 

Richard Strausss
Macbeth, Op. 23
Conductor: Andris Nelsons
Koninklijk Concertgebouw Amsterdam, 7 & 8 May 2014

Sergei Prokofiev
Symphony No. 5 in B flat major, Op. 100
Conductor: Mariss Jansons
Koninklijk Concertgebouw Amsterdam, 18 & 19 September 2014

Articles

  • Essay 1: Sjeng Scheijen: Why Prokofiev returned to the Soviet Union (and composed Romeo and Juliet)
  • Essay 2: Koen Kleijn: Shakespeare in Music and Dance

Faits divers/ short

  • Interview: Daniele Gatti about Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet
  • Interview: Star-crossed Lovers: Ballet dancers Jane Lord and Boris de Leeuw about dancing Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet
  • Interview: Daniele Gatti introducing Verdi's Falstaff

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Bruckner: Absolute Music

RCO Editions 8

Anton Bruckner called his Fifth Symphony his 'contrapuntal masterpiece'. Indeed, the music is of an incredible technical ingenuity, a grand musical creation, like his eight other symphonies. However as a human being Bruckner was painfully modest. How is it possible that Bruckner's work and life seem to have so little in common?

Enriched work


Anton Bruckner
Symphony No. 5 in B flat major
Conductor: Nikolaus Harnoncourt
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Commentary: Jan Kouwenhoven (oboist RCO) and Daniël Esser (former cellist RCO)
Bar to Bar: written analysis by Michel Khalifa
Score
Koninklijk Concertgebouw Amsterdam, 25 & 27 October 2013

Additional concert recordings

Johann Sebastian Bach
Orchestral Suite No. 1 in C major, BWV 1066
Conductor: Giovanni Antonini
Koninklijk Concertgebouw Amsterdam, 27 & 28 February 2013 

Richard Wagner
Tannhäuser: Overture and Venusberg Music
Conductor: Andris Nelsons
Koninklijk Concertgebouw Amsterdam, 25 December 2013 

Anton Bruckner
Symphony No. 7 in E major
Conductor: Mariss Jansons
Koninklijk Concertgebouw Amsterdam, 25 December 2012 

Johannes Brahms
Haydn Variations, Op. 56a
Conductor: Herbert Blomstedt
Koninklijk Concertgebouw Amsterdam, 16 & 17 January 2014

Articles

  • Essay 1: Koen Kleijn: The premieres of Bruckner's Fifth Symphony
  • Essay 2: Cornelis van Zwol: Anecdote and Reality
  • Interview: Matthias Giesen about Bruckner's Fifth Symphony and St. Florian

Faits divers/ short

  • Interview: Klaus Laczika and Matthias Giesen about the Brucknertage St. Florian

More

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Brahms: a modern man

RCO Editions 7

Johannes Brahms was fifty years old when his Symphony No. 3 was premiered in 1883. As a bachelor, he summed himself up as ‘frei aber froh’, or free yet happy. Translating this motto into the three notes F–A–F, Brahms weaves them into all sorts of variations, constituting a theme running through the Third Symphony. The work was very well received, although it ultimately exacerbated tensions between the ‘pro-Brahms’ (traditional) and ‘pro-Wagner’ (modern) factions.

Enriched work

Johannes Brahms
Symphony No. 3 in F major, Op. 90
Conductor: Herbert Blomstedt
Commentary: Herbert Blomstedt
Bar to Bar: written analysis by Michel Khalifa
Score
Koninklijk Concertgebouw Amsterdam, 16 & 17 January 2014

Additional concert recordings

Richard Wagner
Siegfried Idyll
Conductor: Andris Nelsons
Koninklijk Concertgebouw Amsterdam, 25 December 2013

Johannes Brahms
Academic Festival Overture, Op. 80
Conductor: Herbert Blomstedt
Koninklijk Concertgebouw Amsterdam, 16 & 17 January 2014

Johannes Brahms
Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 73
Conductor: Andris Nelsons
Koninklijk Concertgebouw Amsterdam, 7 & 8 May 2014

Articles

  • Essay 1: Anna Picard: Notes on Brahms's Third Symphony
  • Essay 2: Bas van Putten: Du verstehst die Sache! - The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and Brahms
  • Interview: Herbert Blomstedt about Brahms's Third Symphony
  • Interview: Herbert Blomstedt about Brahms's Academic Festival Overture

Faits divers/ short

  • Dinner with Brahms

More

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St. Matthew Passion

RCO Editions 6

Bach's St. Matthew Passion ranks as a unique feature in the history of the Concertgebouw Orchestra. For over a century the orchestra will perform the Passion in the days before Easter, always keen to apply new ideas about the miraculous essence of the piece - from Willem Mengelberg to Nikolaus Harnoncourt, from Riccardo Chailly to Iván Fischer.

Enriched work

Johann Sebastian Bach
St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Conductor: Iván Fischer
Mark Padmore, tenor – Evangelist
Peter Harvey, bass – Christ
María Espada, soprano
Renate Arends, soprano
Ingeborg Danz, mezzo-soprano
Barbara Kozelj, mezzo-soprano
Peter Gijsbertsen, tenor
Henk Neven, bass
Netherlands Radio Choir
National Children's Choir
Gijs Leenaars, chorus master
Commentary: Jan Willem de Vriend
Concertgebouw Amsterdam, 30 March and 1 April 2012

Artikelen

  • Essay 1: John Eliot Gardiner – His ‘great passion’
  • Essay 2: Koen Kleijn – St. Matthew Passion: Better than opera

Plus

  • Introduction of all previous RCO Editions

Beethoven & the Revolution

RCO Editions 5

Mild-mannered? No. Dynamic? Absolutely. Ludwig van Beethoven wrote his revolutionary Symphony No. 3 at the dawn of the nineteenth century, as he wrestled with his encroaching deafness, quarrelled with various people, and admired Napoleon. Beethoven even wanted to dedicate his new piece of music to Napoleon, but when he crowned himself emperor, Beethoven renounced the idea. He renamed his Third Symphony ‘Eroica’.

New in this release: never before has following along in the score with the conductor been so easy! If you so choose, you can view the score, fully synchronised with the concert video, while listening to the music.

Enriched work

Ludwig van Beethoven
Symphony No. 3 in E flat major, Op. 55 'Eroica'
Conductor: Iván Fischer
Commentary: Iván Fischer
Bar to Bar: written analysis
Score
Koninklijk Concertgebouw Amsterdam, 30 and 31 May 2013

Additional concert recordings

Ludwig van Beethoven
Piano Concerto No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 19
Soloist: Kristian Bezuidenhout, piano
Conductor: Sir John Eliot Gardiner
Koninklijk Concertgebouw Amsterdam, 6 and 7 December 2012

Ludwig van Beethoven
Symphony No. 1 in C major, Op. 21
Conductor: Iván Fischer
Koninklijk Concertgebouw Amsterdam, 10 and 11 May 2013 

Ludwig van Beethoven
Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 36
Conductor: Iván Fischer
Koninklijk Concertgebouw Amsterdam, 10 and 11 May 2013

Ludwig van Beethoven
Symphony No. 3 in E flat major, Op. 55 'Eroica'
Conductor: Eduard van Beinum
Koninklijk Concertgebouw Amsterdam, 1957

Documentary

  • Documentary: Beethoven, Napoleon: Heroes in Pictures
  • Interview: Kristian Bezuidenhout about Beethoven's Second Piano Concerto

Articles

  • Essay 1: Koen Kleijn: Beethoven & The Revolution
  • Essay 2: Christopher H. Gibbs: Beethoven – The Third Symphony 'Eroica'

Plus

  • Music and Revolution: the relation between rebellion and inspiration
  • Messages from the barricades. Contemporaries about revolutions 1800-1813
  • More Music: recommendations for further listening through iTunes

The Wandering Ghost

RCO Editions 4

Serge Rachmaninoff passionately loved his native Russia. But after 1917, he could no longer return home, as the Bolsheviks had seized power. Rachmaninoff became world-famous as a composer, strongly influenced by nineteenth-century Romanticism (e.g. Tchaikovsky and Rimsky-Korsakov). He also garnered wide acclaim and renown as a pianist. But his soul, as he himself felt, continued ‘to wander the world forever’.

The fourth release of RCO Editions places the Piano Concerto No. 3 at the heart of Rachmaninoff’s history as a ‘wandering ghost’, juxtaposed by the work of his beloved Tchaikovsky, and his own last opus, the Symphonic Dances.

Enriched work

Sergei Rachmaninoff
Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor, Op. 30
Soloist: Alexander Gavrylyuk, piano
Conductor: Vladimir Jurowski
Commentary: Alexander Gavrylyuk
Bar to Bar: written analysis
Bonus: Gavrylyuk's hands
Koninklijk Concertgebouw Amsterdam, 27 and 28 March 2013

Additional concert recordings

Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Symphony No. 2 in C minor, Op. 17 'Little Russian'
Conductor: Sir John Eliot Gardiner
Koninklijk Concertgebouw Amsterdam, 6 and 7 December 2012

Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Symphony No. 5 in E minor, Op. 64
Conductor: Mariss Jansons
Koninklijk Concertgebouw Amsterdam, 23 and 24 January 2013

Sergei Rachmaninoff
Symphonic Dances, Op. 45
Conductor: Andris Nelsons
Koninklijk Concertgebouw Amsterdam, 12 and 13 December 2013

Documentaries

  • Documentary: The Heart of Rachmaninoff
  • Documentary: Rach III: Myths and Legends

Articles

  • Essay 1: Richard Taruskin: A Concerto for Elephants
  • Essay 2: Sjeng Scheijen: Rachmaninoff and the Russian Soul

Plus

  • Article: Rachmaninoff and Mengelberg
  • Letters
  • Reviews
  • More Music: recommendations for further listening through iTunes

Love and Scandal. The year 1913

RCO Editions 3

Travel back in time to early twentieth-century Vienna, where Arnold Schoenberg caused a scandal on 31 March 1913 with music which proved to be far too experimental for Viennese concert-goers. The incident even resulted in a lawsuit! The beautiful, lively Viennese socialite Alma Mahler-Werfel also created scandals. This grande dame of the Viennese beau monde was married to three famous artists (Mahler, Gropius and Werfel), had a number of high-profile affairs and served as muse to many.

Listen to, read about and experience Alban Berg’s Altenberg Lieder and Zemlinsky’s Maeterlinck Lieder, both sung by Anne Sofie von Otter and accompanied by commentary from conductor David Robertson. This release also features other works by Zemlinsky, Webern and Mahler, all presented in their historical context.

Enriched concert recording

Alban Berg
Altenberg Lieder, Op. 4
Soloist: Anne Sofie von Otter, mezzo-soprano
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Conductor: David Robertson
Video commentary by conductor David Robertson
Koninklijk Concertgebouw Amsterdam, 17 and 18 January 2013 

Alexander von Zemlinsky
Maeterlinck Lieder, Op. 13
Soloist: Anne Sofie von Otter, mezzo-soprano
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Conductor: David Robertson
Video commentary by conductor David Robertson
Koninklijk Concertgebouw Amsterdam, 17 and 18 January 2013

Extra synchronized video layers

  • David Robertson commenting on Altenberg Lieder
  • David Robertson commenting on Maeterlinck Lieder
  • Piano reduction Altenberg Lieder
  • Piano reduction Maeterlinck Lieder
  • Lyrics Altenberg Lieder
  • Lyrics Maeterlink Lieder

Additional concert recordings

Alexander von Zemlinsky
Die Seejungfrau (edition Antony Beaumont)
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Conductor: Vladimir Jurowski
Koninklijk Concertgebouw Amsterdam, 27 and 28 March 2013

Anton Webern
Six Orchestral Pieces, Op. 6
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Conductor: Pierre Boulez
Koninklijk Concertgebouw Amsterdam, 20 and 21 January 2011 

Gustav Mahler
Symphony No. 8 in E flat major
Christine Brewer, soprano
Camilla Nylund, soprano
Maria Espada, soprano
Stephanie Blythe, mezzo-soprano
Mihoko Fujimura, alto
Robert Dean Smith, tenor
Tommi Hakala, baritone
Stefan Kocán, bass
Netherlands Radio Choir
State Choir 'Latvija'
Bavarian Radio Choir
National Boys Choir
National Children's Choir
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Conductor: Mariss Jansons
Koninklijk Concertgebouw Amsterdam, 4 and 6 March 2011

Documentaries

  • 'Very sad, very beautiful' - Vladimir Jurowski on Zemlinsky's 'The Mermaid'
  • 'It changed my life!' - Anne Sofie von Otter and David Robertson on The Altenberg Lieder
  • 'Words can't describe it' - David Robertson on Zemlinsky's Maeterlinck Songs
  • Alma Mahler: Sex, Music, Power – Maria Riccarda Wesseling on Alma Mahler

Articles

  • Antony Beaumont - The music of Berg and Zemlinsky
  • Charles Emmerson - Smashing the Chocolate Box: Vienna in 1913

Plus

  • Florian Illies - Arnold Schoenberg and the Scandal Concert
  • Alma Mahler - On music, life, art, husbands and lovers
  • Theme-related iTunes listening tips and further reading suggestions

Into the light

RCO Editions 2

The second edition, Into the light, is about ‘Tod und Verklärung”: the vision that Richard Strauss had of death and what follows. It might seem like a gloomy theme, but on the contrary: in the music of Strauss, death is an uplifting and hopeful theme - an ascent into the light. Experience the concert from the perspective of the orchestra players, read essays by Anna Picard & Désanne van Brederode, and let yourself be drawn into the world of Richard Strauss.

Enriched concert recording

Richard Strauss
Tod und Verklärung
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Conductor: Mariss Jansons
Video commentary by Emily Beynon (principal flute player), Alexei Ogrintchouk (principal oboeplayer) and Marinus Komst (timpani player)
Facing Mariss view and 360 view
Koninklijk Concertgebouw Amsterdam, 23 and 24 January 2013 

Additional concert recordings

Richard Strauss
Four last songs
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Anja Harteros, soprano
Conductor: Bernard Haitink
Koninklijk Concertgebouw Amsterdam, 25 December 2011 

Richard Strauss
Also sprach Zarathustra
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Conductor: Mariss Jansons
Koninklijk Concertgebouw Amsterdam, 9 and 10 May 2012 

Gustav Mahler
Symphony nr. 2 in C Minor  ´Auferstehung´
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Ricarda Merbeth, soprano
Bernarda Fink, mezzo-soprano
Conductor: Mariss Jansons
Koninklijk Concertgebouw Amsterdam, 3 December 2009

Articles

  • Essay 1: Anna Piccard: Richard Strauss: On Life and Death
  • Essay 2: Désanne van Brederode: Transfiguration: your ears opened
  • Documentary: Playing Strauss (the man and his music)

Faits divers/ short

  • 3 contemporaries
  • 'Death… It's so relative' The Van Gogh Letters
  • Victor Hugo 'A Whole New Life'
  • Henry David Thoreau 'A Great Awakening Light'
  • Cardiologist Pim Van Lommel: The science of dying: Near Death Experience
  • The real Strauss

Other

  • Theme-related Spotify listening tips from RCO Editions

Mozart, on the road

RCO Editions 1

“People who do not travel ... are but poor creatures.” These are the words of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791), who spent a third of his own short life on the road. This edition is about Mozart’s constant travels which inspired two great symphonies: one he wrote in Paris, and the other he wrote in Prague. Let his ‘Paris’ and ‘Prague’ symphonies sweep you away, including commentary from John Eliot Gardiner and Giovanni Antonini, and don’t miss out on the highlights of Le Nozze di Figaro and Don Giovanni, sung by Ferruccio Furlanetto. This edition is available free for you to download.

Enriched concert recording

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Symphony No. 31 in D major, KV 297/300a 'Paris'
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Conductor: John Eliot Gardiner
Video commentary by conductor John Eliot Gardiner
Koninklijk Concertgebouw Amsterdam, 6 and 7 December 2012

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Symphony No. 38 in D major, KV 504 'Prague'
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Conductor: Giovanni Antonini
Video commentary by conductor Giovanni Antonini
Koninklijk Concertgebouw Amsterdam, 27 and 28 February 2013

Additional concert recordings

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Symphony No. 35 in D major, KV 385 'Haffner'
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Conductor: Bernard Haitink
Koninklijk Concertgebouw Amsterdam, 12 March 2009

Joseph Haydn
Cello Concerto No. 2 in D major, Hob. VIIb/2
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Conductor: Giovanni Antonini
Soloist: Giovanni Sollima, cello
Koninklijk Concertgebouw Amsterdam, 27 and 28 February 2013

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Highlights from Don Giovanni, KV 527 and Le nozze di Figaro, KV 492
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Conductor: Mariss Jansons
Soloist: Ferruccio Furlanetto, bass
Koninklijk Concertgebouw Amsterdam, 25 December 2012

Articles

  • Essay 1: Cliff Eisen - Between Paris and Prague: Mozart the Traveller
  • Essay 2: Ian Kelly - Meeting Don Giovanni. Casanova, Mozart and Da Ponte
  • Documentary 1: Conducting Mozart - Gardiner and Antonini

Faits divers/ short

  • Video: Historical Practice: Gardiner and Antonini on the ‘authentic’ approach in playing Mozart.
  • Video: ‘What we do is not normal’ - Vesko Eschkenazy, concert master, on the road with the RCO.
  • ‘Mon très cher Père!’: Mozart in Paris
  • ‘All those pretty creatures’: Mozart in Prague
  • The business of travelling. Eduard Mörike: Mozart on the road to Prague

Other

  • Theme-related iTunes listening tips from RCO Editions