The second annual Concertgebouworkest Young is presenting itself under the direction of Daniel Harding. Brahms’s scintillating Symphony No. 2 and Widmann’s Con brio flank Edward Elgar’s beautiful Cello Concerto, featuring soloist Steven Isserlis.
Concertgebouworkest Young is a unique international youth orchestra catering for talented young people aged fourteen to eighteen who could use a little extra support. Held for the first time to great acclaim in August 2019, the annual Concertgebouw Young is now presenting itself again under the direction of Daniel Harding. After an intensive summer camp at the Akoesticum training centre for music, dance and theatre in the Dutch city of Ede, the youngsters will be showing what they’re made of.
Conductor Daniel Harding has always stayed young. And that goes for the adventurous cellist Steven Isserlis, too. He will be appearing as soloist in Elgar’s beautiful Cello Concerto, one of the British composer’s best-loved works and a true classic. Prior to the Elgar, the programme features Jörg Widmann’s Con brio, an exciting modern concert overture inspired by the rhythmic energy of Beethoven.
Brahms’s Symphony No. 2 is a celebration of life. After the First, with which Brahms finally managed to escape the shadow of his musical predecessor, the great Beethoven, a struggle lasting many years, Brahms composed this summery symphony in just a few months’ time. The work is brimming with self-confidence and a love of life and nature. Brahms himself half-jokingly claimed that it was an intensely sad work. But was it really just a joke? Beneath the sparkling surface lurk melancholy undertones.