In this Close-up concert, the harp takes centre stage. The orchestra’s principal harpist Petra van der Heide and other Concertgebouworkest musicians will be treating you to an intriguing programme featuring chamber works from the Romantic era to today.
On this Close-up concert, harpist Petra van der Heide shows off her instrument as a warm chamber music partner, an experimental sound body and an independent concert instrument. Van der Heide is sharing the stage with five of her Concertgebouworkest colleagues. In a colourful series of compositions, the harp constantly takes on a different character – Romantic in Fauré’s Fantaisie for flute and harp, virtuoso in Brave New World for harp and marimba by the Dutch new music pioneer Aart Strootman, intimate in Hindemith’s Sonata for Solo Harp, adventurous in Tan Dun’s In Distance and dreamy in Pierné’s Impromptu-caprice. Fairy-tale effects feature in Saint-Saëns’s Fantaisie for violin and harp. Finally, with his colourful and inventive Quintet, the musicians make an appeal for the French composer Jean Cras, whose music has wrongly fallen into oblivion.
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.