Brass players of the Concertgebouworkest perform a programme that transcends nations and centuries, visiting traditional Turkish melodies, French Baroque dances and music from Scandinavia.
The brass players of the Concertgebouworkest start their musical journey with feelgood Baroque dances from eighteenth century France. For the occasion of the marriage between King Louis XV’s son with Maria Thereasa of Spain, Jean-Philippe Ramaeu composed his comical opera Platée, in which an ugly water nymph thinks that Jupiter is in love with her - a teasing stab at the bride, but the opera was a huge success.
The Polowetzer Dances from Borodin’s popular opera Prince Igor refer to the rousing music of a nomadic people, originationg from Turkey, which covered large parts of Asia in medieval times. Equal parts melancholic and fiery is the traditional Turkish piece Sultâni Yegâh Sirto, of which composer Selim Doğru made an arrangement for the brass players of the Concertgebouworkest. The Danish trombonist and composer Mogens Andresen based some wonderful music for brass ensemble on traditional Norwegian dances.