11-22 November 2020

Beethoven and Brahms

Daniel Harding, conductor - Leonidas Kavakos, violin

Concertgebouworkest in China

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Due to the current circumstances concerning covid-19, this concert cannot take place in its current form. Subscription holders have been informed and offered a resolution. Mid August the new programme will be announced.
November 2020 Wednesday 20:00
Cultural Center, Hong Kong
China
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November 2020 Sunday 20:00
Shenzhen Concert Hall, Shenzhen
China
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November 2020 Tuesday 20:00
Oriental Art Center, Shanghai
China
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November 2020 Saturday 19:30
National Center for the Performing Arts, Beijing
China
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November 2020 Sunday 19:30
Tianjin Grand Theatre, Tianjin
China
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Johannes Brahms Violin concerto
Johannes Brahms Violin concerto
Ludwig van Beethoven Symphony No. 6 'Pastorale'
Ludwig van Beethoven Symphony No. 6 'Pastorale'

The Concertgebouworkest is undertaking an extensive tour of China. The leading violinist Leonidas Kavakos is performing Brahms’s demanding Violin Concerto, and Daniel Harding leads the orchestra in Beethoven’s Sixth Symphony (‘Pastoral’).

Beethoven’s Sixth Symphony (‘Pastoral’)

The Concertgebouworkest is performing Ludwig van Beethoven’s Sixth Symphony (‘Pastoral’) under the direction of Daniel Harding. ‘Sinfonia pastorale: a recollection of country life’, the composer noted in his score. This ode to the countryside would become one of Beethoven’s best-loved works. Before the interval, the acclaimed Greek violinist Leonidas Kavakos shares the stage with the orchestra in a performance of Felix Mendelssohn’s brilliant Violin Concerto. The programme also features Robert Schumann’s Overture to Genoveva.

The great outdoors

‘No one loves the great outdoors as much as I do,’ said Beethoven, who naturally took a long walk every day – not just to enjoy the natural world, but apparently because it also stimulated his creativity. Of the ‘Pastoral’, Beethoven said that the music was ‘more an expression of feeling than a painting’. Yet the titles he gave the movements speak for themselves, and it takes little imagination to recognise in the music such things as the benevolent tranquillity of nature, a bird twittering or a thunderstorm.

Leonidas Kavakos

The leading Greek violinist Leonidas Kavakos is a frequent guest with the Concertgebouworkest. Six seasons ago, Kavakos even served as the very first artist in residence in the orchestra’s history. Now he and the orchestra are presenting his vision of Brahms’s demanding and compelling Violin Concerto in China.

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