14, 15, 16, 17 March 2018

Franz Welser-Möst, conductor

Widmann premiere

Beethoven’s Fifth

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March 2018 Wednesday 20:15
Concertgebouw, Amsterdam
The Netherlands
past concert
March 2018 Thursday 20:15
Concertgebouw, Amsterdam
The Netherlands
past concert
March 2018 Friday 20:15
Concertgebouw, Amsterdam
The Netherlands
past concert
March 2018 Saturday 20:00
Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels
past concert
Ludwig van Beethoven Grosse Fuge
Jörg Widmann Babylon-Suite (commission, Dutch premiere)
Ludwig van Beethoven Symphony No. 5

No other classical piece of music is as widely known as Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony, whose famous opening motif has truly taken on a life of its own. But even a work performed as often as the Fifth is never ‘finished’, in the sense that no two performances are ever the same, and every conductor adds personal nuances. This time, it’s the Austrian guest conductor Franz Welser-Möst, who led the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in an impressive Bruckner symphony last season.

Jörg Widmann, with whom Welser-Möst has collaborated several times before, is not only a renowned solo clarinettist, but also an innovative composer who views music history as a treasure trove of styles. Like his former teacher Wolfgang Rihm, he rules out no influences. Whenever ‘old friends’ pop up in Widmann’s work, they always result in unexpected, capricious twists. This makes his music constrictive at times, downright humorous at others, but always compelling. His Babylon Suite was commissioned by the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra.

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Ticket holders attending the concerts on 14, 15 and 16 March are invited to dine in the Concertgebouw’s Mirror Hall at 6.15 p.m, before the performance. Subscription holders will receive information on how to order dinners in August.


14, 15 and 16 March

Covent Garden charcuterie, apple fig chutney, vegetables pickles crostinis

Italian beef brassatto with gnocchi, seasonal vegetables, cherry tomatoes and parmesan

Lime crème brûlée with marinated red fruits

Coffee tea and sweet meats

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