24, 25 September 2020

World premiere Unsuk Chin

Originally subscription D (24 sep), A (25 sep)

Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1

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This concert is unplaced. You can indicate with your order whether you want to sit in the main hall, on the balcony or on stage. Your seat will be designated on the spot by one of the staff of the Concertgebouw.
September 2020 Thursday 19:00
Het Concertgebouw, Amsterdam
The Netherlands
Ticket sales for this concert start on August 24. Subscribers can order tickets from August 17.
September 2020 Friday 19:00
Het Concertgebouw, Amsterdam
The Netherlands
Ticket sales for this concert start on August 24. Subscribers can order tickets from August 17.
Jimmy López The Travails of Persiles and Sigismunda: Book IV (from Symphony No. 1)
Unsuk Chin new work (commission)
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Piano concerto No. 1

The Concertgebouworkest is bringing different worlds together. Master pianist Alexander Gavrylyuk shines in Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto, his most famous. The young Finnish conductor Klaus Mäkelä kicks off the concert with exciting premieres by Jimmy López and Unsuk Chin.

Alexander Gavrylyuk

The Ukrainian pianist Alexander Gavrylyuk made his spectacular Amsterdam debut in 2009. Critics have praised not only his fabulous technique, but also his profoundness and sense of colour. He has since returned several times, and to great acclaim. Gavrylyuk has a strong bond with the Russian repertoire and is in his element with Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto. Incredibly, Tchaikovsky received harsh criticism because of the work, but time would eventually prove him right: the concerto would become a firm favourite the world over.

Unsuk Chin world premiere

The music of the successful South Korean composer Unsuk Chin is a spellbinding mix of European and Asian elements. She has now been commissioned by the Concertgebouworkest for the first time to write a new work, celebrating Beethoven’s 250th anniversary. She based her new work on Beethoven’s sketch books.   

Jimmy López

Jimmy López was born in Peru, but sees himself as a cosmopolitan composer. In recent years he has garnered many successes with his colourful music, in which an array of styles are brought together in a solid compositional framework. In 2016 his Symphony No. 1 proved that he is a master of large symphonic forms. Its four parts correspond to the four books of Cervantes’ novel The Travails of Persiles and Sigismunda, published shortly before the author’s death in 1616, Repetitive patterns in percussion and brass lead to a grand finale.

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