Side by Side, the acclaimed initiative of the RCO meets Europe tour from 2016 to 2018, is now being extended outside the EU. For the very first time, members of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra will be performing an opening work together with young musicians outside Europe - those of the National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America, to be precise. They will be sharing their music stands in Schumann's overture Manfred.
The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra will be performing two classics of the symphonic repertoire - Mozart's Symphony No. 40 and Brahms's Symphony No. 4. The Dutch daily NRC Handelsblad praised as 'grand and compelling' the RCO's November 2017 performance of Brahms's Symphony No. 1. Needless to say, expectations are high for the Fourth, which according to some is Brahms's magnum opus.
Before Brahms's Fourth Symphony, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart has the floor, whom Brahms praised to the heavens. Mozart's turbulent Symphony No. 40 is often called 'pre-Romantic' because of its expressive, personal musical language and unusual minor key. However, it has a different effect on every listener. Robert Schumann, for his part, felt the work was one of 'Greek lightness and elegance', while others are particularly struck by its tragedy.