26-29 August 2020

Symphony No. 2

Nelsons conducts Rachmaninoff

Tickets & Programme
On 26 and 27 August, we are welcoming those who have been of great value to the orchestra in recent months. These concerts are unplaced. You can indicate with your order whether you want to sit in the main hall, on the balcony or on stage. Your seat will be designated on the spot by one of the staff of the Concertgebouw.
August 2020 Wednesday 20:15
Het Concertgebouw, Amsterdam
The Netherlands
past concert
August 2020 Thursday 20:15
Het Concertgebouw, Amsterdam
The Netherlands
past concert
August 2020 Friday 12:00
Het Concertgebouw, Amsterdam
The Netherlands
past concert
August 2020 Saturday 14:15
Het Concertgebouw, Amsterdam
The Netherlands
past concert
August 2020 Saturday 20:15
Het Concertgebouw, Amsterdam
The Netherlands
past concert
Serge Rachmaninoff Symphony No. 2

Andris Nelsons is leading the Concertgebouworkest in Rachmaninoff’s Symphony No. 2, a majestic work brimming with lyrical melodic lines and Russian vistas.

Andris Nelsons

Andris Nelsons has been a welcome guest with the Concertgebouworkest since 2008. Their collaboration has resulted in outstanding performances of the symphonies of Shostakovich and a special production in January 2020 of Skryabin’s Prometheus. They now turn their attention to another Russian master: Rachmaninoff.

A victory on all fronts

Rachmaninoff’s Second Symphony is a victory on all fronts. The premiere of his First was a fiasco, and it would take him three years to pluck up the courage to embark on a new symphonic adventure. Indeed, he began work on the Second with reluctance and in secret. It would become a work in which the composer showcased his talents to their best advantage. The characteristic lyrical melodies, melancholic vistas and flowing rhythms are embedded in a close-knit organic structure. The Concertgebouworkest has not performed the symphony in ten years, but it’s a work which fits both the orchestra and Andris Nelsons like a glove.