25 December 2020

Fabio Luisi conducts Verdi and Diepenbrock

Christmas Matinee

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This concert is unplaced. You can indicate with your order whether you want to sit in the main hall, on the balcony or on stage. Your seat will be designated by one of the staff of the Concertgebouw. Please notice: You are required to bring a face mask and wear it when entering and moving through the Concertgebouw. This applies to everyone over the age of 13.
December 2020 Friday 14:15
Het Concertgebouw, Amsterdam
The Netherlands
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Alphons Diepenbrock Lydische Nacht
Giuseppe Verdi 8 romanze per tenore e orchestra (orkestratie Luciano Berio)
Giuseppe Verdi Don Carlo: Ballo delle regina

Fabio Luisi returns to the Concertgebouworkest to conduct a very special Christmas Matinee that is both sacred and festive, with brillant ballet music and songs by Giuseppe Verdi juxtaposed with a beautiful work by the late-romantic Dutch composer Alphons Diepenbrock.

Sacred and festive

The Concertgebouworkest is thrilled to welcome Fabio Luisi back at the helm after more than six years. This Christmas Matinee’s remarkable programme connects Italy and the Netherlands, but also the sacred and the festive aspects of Christmas.


A ballet in every opera’s third act, as was the custom in Paris, was sacrilege to Italians. Grudgingly at first, Verdi gave in to the obligation to add ballet music to his operas in order to have them performed at the Opéra de Paris. But Verdi always delivered - the results were astonishing. Don Carlos’s ballet contains irresistible solos for violin and cello. In 8 Romances, Verdi’s later compatriot Luciano Berio saw studies for his operas, including Don Carlos. He orchestrated the song cycle respectfully, but with a contemporary ear. 

Alphons Diepenbrock

This season we commemorate the fact that Dutch composer Alfons Diepenbrock (1862-1921) died a century ago. His Lydische nacht (Lydian Night, originally with vocalists) is performed in a purely instrumental arrangement by Eduard Reeser. Diepenbrock was not only the Netherlands’ most successfulk late-romantic composer, he was also a friend of both Gustav Mahler and former chief-conductor of the Concertgebouworkest Willem Mengelberg. In Diepenbrock’s late work, of which Lydian Night is a highlight, echoes of Mahler and Debussy may be heard in what is otherwise a very distinctive personal style.


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