Klaus Mäkelä leads Richard Strauss’s colourful mountain trek and a new work by Jimmy López, Sol Gabetta performs Blochs Schelomo.
Strauss does pack a punch here – his depiction of an adventurous Alpine trek calls for some 125 instruments.
new work (co-commission, Dutch premiere)
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conductor, artistic partner
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About this concert
‘Only now have I truly learned how to orchestrate,’ Richard Strauss said upon completing Eine Alpensinfonie. The composer had, of course, long been known for his fabulous instrumentations. But even by his own standards, Strauss does pack a punch here – his depiction of an adventurous Alpine trek calls for some 125 instruments. The recording Concertgebouw Orchestra once made with Bernard Haitink is still considered authoritative. But nothing beats a live performance: now it’s Klaus Mäkelä’s turn to conduct Strauss’s grand and dizzying musical journey.
The Finnish maestro, who also happens to be a cellist, shares the stage with the orchestra and the versatile cellist Sol Gabetta in Ernest Bloch’s Hebrew Rhapsody for Cello and Orchestra, Schelomo. In this richly varied meditation on Solomon’s life and philosophy, Bloch makes sophisticated use of Eastern inflections. The invariably colourful Peruvian orchestrator Jimmy López rounds out the concert with a brand-new work commissioned by the orchestra.