The Concertgebouw Orchestra continues its tour through all 28 member states of the European Union in Denmark: RCO meets Copenhagen. The orchestra performs Weber's Overture 'Oberon' Side by Side with the young musicians of the symphony orchestra of the Danish Youth Orchestra. They will be sharing the music stand with members of the Concertgebouw Orchestra.
With Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 4 and Brahms' Second Symphony on the programme, the orchestra underscores the prized tradition of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra: performing top classical works from the romantic period. Here the orchestra joins forces with star pianist Yefim Bronfman, who performs this most subtle and tender of Beethoven's piano concertos with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra.
With his symphonic poetry Richard Strauss brought an almost cinematic realism to the music. The orchestra closely follows the adventures of the main protagonists, anecdotes often literally sounded out in minute detail. Don Juan provides a lively portrait of the legendary seducer who at the end of the piece collapses with exhaustion and disappointment. Tod und Verklärung (Death and Transfiguration) deftly portrays how a dying man looks back upon his life and after his death is lifted to a higher plane. The music is poignant with restrained drama.
Strauss was able to write such dramatic orchestral music, so rich in imagery, because he is among the greatest opera composers of the twentieth century, with Alban Berg. Berg's own Opus 1, a piano sonata, is performed here in the colourful orchestration of Theo Verbey; a regular feature on the programme of the Concertgebouw Orchestra since 1993.