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Concertgebouworkest Young, the new youth orchestra which the Concertgebouworkest has launched this season and which caters for European hidden talent aged 14 to 18, is making its debut. Young reflects the diversity of Europe. After intense training over the summer, the youngsters, under the direction of the inspiring Spanish conductor Pablo Heras-Casado, are showing what they’ve learned.
With Mendelssohn and Tchaikovsky, Young touches on the peaks of nineteenth-century Romanticism. The flamboyant violinist Julian Rachlin is the soloist in Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto in e minor and guarantees a compelling performance. It took Mendelssohn six years to compose this violin concerto. While working on the violin concerto he received advice from violinist Ferdinand David about the solo part. The work would become one of the most important violin concertos of the Romantic era.
Totally romantic is Tchaikovsky's Fifth symphony, composed in the year the Concertgebouworkest was founded, 1888. The sad first theme dominates the whole work, but there are also many hopeful and joyful moments. Tchaikovsky's Fifth symphony is a treasure trove of beautiful melodies, culminating in a slow movement, one of the most beautiful symphonic parts ever written.
Follow the first edition of Young on Young blog.