2, 3, 5 March 2017

Sir John Eliot Gardiner, conductor

Ann Hallenberg, mezzo-soprano

Mahler and Elgar

Tickets & ProgrammeExtra
March 2017 Thursday 20:15
Het Concertgebouw, Amsterdam
The Netherlands
past concert
March 2017 Friday 20:15
Het Concertgebouw, Amsterdam
The Netherlands
past concert
March 2017 Sunday 14:15
Het Concertgebouw, Amsterdam
The Netherlands
past concert
Edward Elgar Cockaigne (Overture)
Gustav Mahler Rückert-songs
Edward Elgar Symphony no. 2

Gustav Mahler was above all a melodic composer, as his songs and symphonies attest. The Rückert-Lieder, composed shortly after his marriage, are by turns playful, sensual and fatalistic.

Like Mahler, Edward Elgar felt unrecognised and misunderstood for many years. His orchestral music is quintessentially British in that it is both emotive and distant at the same time. He wrote the Symphony No. 2 as a homage to Edward VII, but the work is actually a self-portrait. Here, Elgar bares his soul and his hidden grief for a lost friend. It is Romantic music, but the continually derailed fanfares are a sign that Elgar does have one foot in the twentieth century.

The name ‘Cockaigne’ stood for London in the nineteenth century, and Elgar’s Cockaigne Overture evokes the atmosphere of the city around 1900 – complete with the hum of street vendors and horse carriages.


before the concerts

Ticket holders attending the concert on 3 March 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.


3 March

Gorgonzola Mac`n`cheese rocket, walnut pesto

Riso pasta risotto, wood mushroom and chicken ragout, herb oil

Babylon chocolate mousse with mint and milk chocolate sauce

Coffee tea and sweetmeats

Diet requests

If you have questions concerning your diet, please call 06-57495890.