RCO meets Europe, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra’s tour of all twenty-eight EU member states, continues in Bucharest. As part of the special Side by Side initiative, members of the RCO are sharing their music stands with young Romanian musicians from the Romanian National Youth Orchestra in a performance of the opening work, Weber’s Overture to Euryanthe.
Liviu Prunaru, who has served as the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra’s principal violinist since 2006, has given three previous solo performances with the orchestra. Originally from Romania, he will be playing his compatriot George Enescu’s Caprice roumain in Bucharest.
Daniele Gatti will then lead the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Prokofiev’s upbeat Symphony No. 5. Sergey Prokofiev wrote his Fifth at the end of the Second World War ‘to glorify the grandeur of the human spirit’. For many, the highly successful premiere in January 1945 symbolised the turning point from war to peace. The work also had a personal significance for Prokofiev: indeed, he called his Fifth Symphony ‘a high point in my creative life’.