For years, musicians of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra 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 Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra present a unique opportunity to enjoy up close these outstanding musicians’ individual qualities in small ensembles.
On his first portrait concert, the RCO’s principal trumpet player Miroslav Petkov is showcasing a number of unexpected aspects of his instrument. Together with several of his Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra colleagues and a few guest musicians, he will be taking you on a journey starting with the German Baroque master Bach all the way through to innovative folk music from his native Bulgaria. The first stop-over on the programme is Bohemia, where Jan Křtitel Jiří (who later Germanised his name to Johann Baptist Georg) Neruda composed a solo concerto around the middle of the eighteenth century, and which is now part of the standard trumpet repertoire. The American composer Aaron Copland’s Quiet City depicts the night hours of a city that never sleeps. Back in Europe, Petkov shows off all the different types of sounds his trumpet can produce in Hans Werner Henze’s virtuoso Sonatina and Jolivet’s jazzy Concertino.