The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, led by its chief conductor Daniele Gatti, is undertaking an extensive tour of Korea and Japan. Gustav Mahler himself led the Concertgebouw Orchestra in the Dutch premiere of the Fourth Symphony in 1904. After the rustic first movement, the eerie Scherzo and the intimate third (several outbursts notwithstanding), we hear Chen Reiss with her angelic voice singing an ode to das himmlische Leben in the finale. The soprano solo, originally intended for the song cycle Des Knaben Wunderhorn, alternates with fast orchestral tutti, as if angels are dancing in heaven.
Tatjana Vassiljeva was appointed principal cellist of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in 2014. The Russian cellist is performing Haydn’s Cello Concerto in C major, a work long thought to have been lost. It was not until 1961 that the manuscript of Haydn’s animated, ingenious concerto was rediscovered in the archives of the Prague National Museum.