Conductor laureate Bernard Haitink conducts Bruckner and Mozart. For the first time in almost 35 years he will be leading the Concertgebouw Orchestra in Bruckner's Sixth Symphony. The composer himself considered this die keckste (the boldest) of all his symphonies. More than his other ones this symphony emphasises the rhythm and dynamics instead of the monumental construction. At the premiere conducted by Gustav Mahler, three years after Bruckner's death, the Sixth left its audience in a state of confusion, and is still not performed often today. This must be some kind of mistake as it is a brilliant symphony full of insights into the human existence - earning it the nickname The Philosopher - and offers much to enjoy.
Pianist Mitsuko Uchida, back since seven years, performs Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 23. In this work the woodwinds play a significant role and Mozart allows several melodies from the operas he was working on in the same time period to seep in.