Concertgebouworkest Young, the new youth orchestra which the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra 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 First Violin Concerto and guarantees a compelling performance. Mendelssohn was only thirteen when he wrote this violin concerto; the work possesses an enormous inventiveness, and the freedoms that the young composer took prove that he not only mastered the profession, he already knew exactly which way to go with classical forms in the nineteenth century.
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.