This selection of compositions that the Concertgebouworkest premiered in the 2020/2021 season offers a unique overview of the historical period that lies behind us.
The Concertgebouworkest brings every year several new works in world premiere. This was also the case during the last corona-ravaged season, with the difference that the musicians had to keep a distance of at least five feet from each other and often played in front of an empty hall. This programme, with purely world premieres that took place between August 2020 and May 2021, offers a unique overview of a historic concert season.
The orchestra started its season with music by the Dutchman JacobTV (aka Jacob ter Veldhuis), inspired by the uncertainties of the beginning of the corona era. Unsuk Chin's work is inspired by the notebooks of Beethoven, born 250 years ago. Celia Swart and Bram Kortekaas contributed beautiful new works to the program Speel Nederlands met me (Play Dutch with me) with only Dutch music. Rick van Veldhuizen's commissioned work was originally intended for the Mahler Festival 2020, which was cancelled. It was performed recently, as well as Detlev Glanert's song Der Einsiedler.
From the moment the curfew started, the Concertgebouworkest streamed a short chamber music concert every evening for two months via Instagram Live under the title stay in, tune in. There were two chamber music works by orchestra members: Leaves in Autumn by solo timpanist Nick Woud, and Resilience, which double bassist Rob Dirksen wrote for the Concertgebouw Kamerorkest and which, conducted by Alexei Ogrintchouk, had its streaming premiere during the last curfew concert on 21 March.