Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam

11 May 2017


British Intelligence

Horn Concerto - Knussen

May 2017 Thursday 21:15
Concertgebouw, Amsterdam
The Netherlands
past concert
- introduction without orchestra (starts 20.15)
Ryan Wigglesworth Clocks from a Winter's Tale
Oliver Knussen Horn concerto
Edward Elgar Enigma-Variations

The British are mad about riddles and mysteries. Even in the Middle Ages, riddle poems were eagerly consumed and deciphered in the British Isles. Shakespeare’s sonnets are peppered with secret messages and hidden meanings. Many a mystery novel and psychological thriller was penned by a Brit. Now the orchestra ventures down a slippery slope of British brain-teasers.

Ryan Wigglesworth, one of the leading British musicians of his generation, leads the orchestra in an all-British programme also featuring his own music. Knussen’s Horn Concerto, he believes, fits perfectly with Elgar’s Enigma Variations: ‘Both Knussen and Elgar build their music out of secret musical codes and ciphers, although the key to Elgar’s “enigma” may never be discovered. Both compositions contain numerous secrets and shadows.’ Crime novelist Sophie Hannah will be shedding light on the theme in the curtain-raiser.

Peripheral programming concert 11 May 2017

Those attending this concert will receive the programme booklet free of charge at the door. Additional background information can be found in Preludium (Dutch), the programme magazine of the Concertgebouw and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra.



before the concert

Main Hall, 8.15 p.m.

Prior to the concert, Sophie Hannah will be giving a lecture on the British Intelligence theme.

Admission to the curtain-raiser is free with your concert ticket.

Late Night Café

after the concert

Concertgebouw, 10.30 p.m.

After this concert, the Entrée youth association is organising the Late Night Café.

Admission to the Late Night Café is free.