For years, musicians of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra have been giving chamber music concerts in the Recital Hall as part of the Close-up Series. These intimate concerts organised by the Friends of the Concertgebouw and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra present a unique opportunity to enjoy up close these outstanding musicians’ individual qualities in small ensembles.
Violist Tabea Zimmermann is serving as the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra’s artist in residence in the 2019–20 season. This concert sees her working closely with members of the orchestra as part of a well-balanced programme featuring Classical and Romantic music. If the anecdote is to be believed, Mozart wrote his ‘Kegelstatt’ Trio while playing a game of skittles (Kegel in German). Klughardt gives his imagination free rein in his Schilflieder (Reed Songs) after reading poetry about a man who retreats into the reeds around a pond to mourn his beloved. In his resonant First String Sextet, Brahms draws inspiration from the Hungarian violinist Joseph Joachim, among others. ‘I have been quite a long time over it and I do not suppose that this will have raised your expectations… but with God’s help, nothing is impossible,’ wrote Brahms to his friend. Fortunately, Joachim was enthusiastic enough to successfully premiere the work.