For years, musicians of the Concertgebouworkest have been giving chamber music concerts in the Recital Hall as part of the Close-up Series. These intimate concerts organised by the Friends of the Concertgebouw and the Concertgebouworkest present a unique opportunity to enjoy up close these outstanding musicians’ individual qualities in small ensembles.
In its 2019–20 season, the Concertgebouworkest is collaborating frequently with the leading English composer, conductor and pianist Thomas Adès. This chamber music concert sees Adès, in his capacity as a pianist, sharing the stage of the Recital Hall with musicians from the orchestra to perform music by Gabriel Fauré and himself. In Lieux retrouvés (Rediscovered Places), Adès juxtaposes the natural world with the hectic city: he lets us hear the pounding waves of the sea, climbs an imposing mountain, paints an immense expanse and at the end throws himself into the city nightlife. In his Piano Quintet, Adès plays with the concept of time, assigning to the piano and strings various building blocks, which he transforms and reshapes using unusual metres. The result is a fascinating, highly contrastive work in which the musicians lose and then find one another again.