Conductor Andrew Manze makes his first appearance with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra on an intriguing concert about two wealthy, influential patrons without whom many a masterpiece would never have been written. Johann Sebastian Bach actually offered his six Brandenburg Concertos to the Margrave of Brandenburg as a job application. Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach’s Symphony in B-flat and Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony No. 1 were both dedicated to Baron Gottfried van Swieten, a diplomat and music patron who worked on several occasions with Joseph Haydn as a librettist, collaborating on works including The Creation.
The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, too, helps make new compositions possible each year. The renowned Swedish composer Anders Hillborg, whose Violin Concerto No. 2, written for Lisa Batiashvili, recently received glowing reviews, has been asked to create a contemporary counterpart to Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 3. The Finnish violinist Pekka Kuusisto is making his first solo appearance with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in this new work - Bach Materia - by Hillborg.