Matthias Pintscher is making his first appearance as guest conductor with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in a sensuous programme which unites Western and Japanese refinement in the music of Debussy, Escher, Takemitsu and Pintscher himself.
Debussy’s Trois nocturnes make reference to the paintings of Whistler, who was influenced by Japanese prints. Debussy’s colourful ‘Impressionism’, in turn, greatly influenced Rudolf Escher, whose Passacaglia opens the concert, and Toru Takemitsu, the leading Japanese composer of the twentieth century. The refined timbres of his Twill by Twilight depict the moment just after sunset, ‘when twilight turns to darkness’. Escher, whose Passacaglia opens the concert, was equally French-oriented.
Pintscher is also leading the orchestra in the Dutch premiere of his violin concerto Mar’eh, a quest for purity in form and structure. The soloist is Leila Josefowicz, who has already made a big impression with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra on several occasions.