Under the baton of Michael Sanderling, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra performs Anton Bruckner's Third Symphony and the ingenious Mysteriën that Louis Andriessen wrote for the orchestra in 2013. Bruckner dedicated his majestic Third Symphony to his hero Richard Wagner. The premiere in Vienna was led by Bruckner himself, who was an inexperienced conductor. In dribs and drabs the audience deserted the hall, even some of the orchestra took their leave. A small group of admirers remained, including a seventeen-year-old Gustav Mahler. So went the unlikely debut of a triumphal piece: the Third is now viewed as Bruckner's first major masterpiece.
Louis Andriessen wrote Mysteriën (Mysteries) for the occasion of the 125th anniversary of the Concertgebouw Orchestra in 2013. The most famous living composer of the Netherlands once swore he would never write for symphony orchestra again, but nonetheless delivered - forty years after his last orchestral work - a beautiful composition, demonstrating his mystical side. Mysteriën is inspired by the writing of medieval Dutch author Thomas a Kempis. The premiere, conducted by former chief conductor Mariss Jansons, was as eventful as it was successful.