The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra is undertaking a tour of all twenty-eight member states of the European Union over two and a half seasons, RCO meets Europe. In each EU country it visits, the orchestra is performing the opening work alongside a youth orchestra, Side by Side. In Berlin, the members of the RCO are sharing their music stands with the young musicians of the National Youth Orchestra of Germany in a performance of Weber’s Overture to Euryanthe.
Wolfgang Rihm’s IN-SCHRIFT, intended as an inscription, is also on the programme. The work is scored in an unconventional way – the lack of violins, violas and oboes results in a dark timbre. The important role played by the brass instruments would suggest a legacy from Bruckner. One striking passage for percussion has an unusual acoustic, almost hypnotic, effect.
Daniele Gatti led the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Bruckner’s Symphony No. 4 back in January, and now turns his attention to the Ninth Symphony. The ever-insecure Bruckner took a very long time to complete his swansong. He started on his Ninth Symphony, dedicating it to ‘the good Lord’, in 1887 but was unable to complete the finale before his death in 1896.