Conductor Kirill Petrenko unfortunately has had to cancel his concerts with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra on 14, 15 and 16 June for health reasons.
The orchestra is very grateful to conductor Cristian Măcelaru for stepping in on such short notice. He will make his debut with the orchestra.
A concert with Radu Lupu, one of the leading pianists of our time, is always a very special experience. He has made numerous guest appearances with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, most recently in May 2015, when he performed Beethoven’s First Piano Concerto. He now returns with Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 24, one of only two minor-key concertos that Mozart composed.
After the intermission, Cristian Măcelaru conducts Richard Strauss's Death and Transfiguration. Strauss was only 25 when when he wrote this impressive symphonic poem in which he describes the death of an artist. In colourful, ingeniously orchestrated sounds, we hear how the artist goes through several stages, including a dreamy episode with happy memories from his childhood, brutally interrupted by the 'battle of life and death' in the here and now. In the end, the transfiguration is complete and the artist is free from earthy worries. This also happens to Tannhäuser, the singer in Wagner's opera who is torn between earthly and platonic love. His salvation comes after penance…