Chief conductor Daniele Gatti is carrying on the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra’s long Bruckner tradition. And not just in the Netherlands either. The orchestra will be performing Bruckner’s Ninth Symphony in New York and in Chapel Hill. The Concertgebouw Orchestra has made regular guest appearances in the United States since its very first American tour in 1954. And its ties with the US have grown even closer in recent years.
The Ninth is the last of Bruckner’s monumental symphonies. The final movement is unfinished, but the three completed movements are an astonishing tribute to God, his main source of inspiration. In addition to a deep sense of piety, this music expresses fear and despair, as Bruckner knew that death was at hand. The intense expressivity of the work makes it one of the most remarkable orchestral works ever composed, a tour de force for the musicians and a unique experience for the listener.
The concert opens with excerpts from Wagner’s Parsifal, the opera which Maestro Gatti conducted to great acclaim at Bayreuth four years in a row.