The musical history of the Concertgebouw and the Concertgebouworkest comes to life here in a unique programme. Iván Fischer is conducting works by all seventeen composers immortalised on the name plaques adorning the balconies in the Main Hall – from Dvořák to Stravinsky.
Which composers are immortalised on the name plaques adorning the balconies in the Main Hall? The selection says a lot about the musical history of the Concertgebouw and the Concertgebouworkest. All this history will come to life when Iván Fischer conducts works, known and unknown, by all seventeen composers whose names appear on the balconies. They have all been of great importance to the musical life of Amsterdam. Alongside such composers as Dvořák, Tchaikovsky, Bruckner, Mahler, Strauss, Debussy and Ravel, this programme also focuses on the Dutch composers Röntgen, Dopper, Zweers, Wagenaar, Pijper and Alphons Diepenbrock, who died 100 years ago.
Well-known melodies are heard alongside unknown gems. Soprano Miah Persson sings Mahler’s ‘Blumine’, Richard Strauss’s ‘Ich wollt ein Sträußlein binden’, Diepenbrock’s ‘Clair de lune’, Reger’s ‘Mariae Wiegenlied’ and ‘La flûte enchantée’ from Ravel’s Shéhérazade. Iván Fischer alternates these songs with short instrumental works by the remaining composers, including a movement from Dopper’s Zuiderzee Symphony, the Scherzo from Bruckner’s ‘Nullte’ Symphony, the Trepak from Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker and Stravinsky’s Scherzo à la russe.