In this Close-up concert, the harp takes centre stage. The orchestra’s principal harpist Petra van der Heide will be treating you to an intriguing programme visiting unexpected corners of her instruments. She is joined by five other Concertgebouworkest musicians.
On this Close-up concert, principal harpist Petra van der Heide shows off her instrument as a warm chamber music partner 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, dreamy in Pierné’s Impromptu-caprice, virtuoso and versatile in Franck’s Prelude, Fugue and Variation in an arrangement featuring the orchestra’s newly appointed second harpist Anneleen Schuitemaker. 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.
Tickets are for sale through the website of Friends.