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Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam

20, 21, 22, 24 March 2019

Thomas Hengelbrock, conductor

Kersten McCall, flute

Schubert's 'Great' Symphony

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March 2019 Wednesday 20:15
Concertgebouw, Amsterdam
The Netherlands
March 2019 Thursday 20:15
Concertgebouw, Amsterdam
The Netherlands
March 2019 Friday 19:00
Konzerthaus, Dortmund
March 2019 Sunday 14:15
Concertgebouw, Amsterdam
The Netherlands
Franz Schubert Overture 'Alfonso und Estrella'
Lotta Wennäkoski Soie for flute and orchestra
Franz Schubert Symphony No. 9
Franz Schubert's Ninth Symphony

Franz Schubert's 'Great' Symphony, his Ninth, was far ahead of its time: the work was premiered in 1839 in a highly abridged version because orchestras in Leipzig, Vienna, Paris and London simply refused to perform the symphony in its entirety. It would take another half-century before musicians and listeners would grow accustomed to Schubert's great work and all the technical challenges it poses. Initially, the nickname 'Great' was primarily intended to distinguish it from the shorter Sixth Symphony in the same key, but nowadays it reflects the grandeur of Schubert's beloved Ninth Symphony.

Thomas Hengelbrock

This concert is being led by the German guest conductor Thomas Hengelbrock, who has been regularly invited to return since his first appearance with the orchestra in the autumn of 2014. Before the interval, soloist Kersten McCall will be taking on the solo part in the Finnish composer Lotta Wennäkoski's flute concerto Soie ('Silk').

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