Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam

20, 21, 23 April 2017

Trombone Concerto MacMillan

Iván Fischer, conductor

Jörgen van Rijen

April 2017 Thursday 20:15
Concertgebouw, Amsterdam
The Netherlands
past concert
April 2017 Friday 20:15
Concertgebouw, Amsterdam
The Netherlands
past concert
April 2017 Sunday 14:15
Concertgebouw, Amsterdam
The Netherlands
past concert
Béla Bartók Hungarian Sketches
James MacMillan Trombone concerto - world premiere
Antonín Dvořák Symphony no. 7

For many years, Iván Fischer has been a well/loved guest conductor with the RCO. This season he leads a sparkling programme in which the trombone plays a key role. Hailed for his compelling, thought-provoking musical language, the Scottish composer James MacMillan has written a concerto for Jörgen van Rijen, the RCO’s own principal trombonist.

‘In all the pieces I’ve played by MacMillan, I’ve been struck by how effectively he writes for the trombone,’ says van Rijen, ‘so I asked him whether he would be interested in writing a trombone concerto. I was so pleased he immediately said yes!’

In Dvořák’s Seventh Symphony, the trombone section often plays a central role in determining the overall sound. ‘They do not carry the work, but should instead sound like a glossy varnish,’ Dvořák said. The Seventh is a particularly expressive work with strong changing moods. The challenge lies in striking a balance between playfulness and tragedy.

Dining

before the concerts

Ticket holders attending the concert on 21 April are invited to dine in the Concertgebouw’s beautiful Mirror Hall before the performance. Guests can enjoy a three-course dinner, including an aperitif and drinks, from 6.15 p.m.

You can order dinners online when ordering your tickets. If you have already purchased tickets or a subscription, you can order dinners by phoning the Concertgebouw Line on +31 (0)900–6718345 (calls cost €1) or at the Concertgebouw box office.

Meals cost €57.50 per cover.