Jaap van Zweden conducting the Concertgebouworkest in Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony promises to be a musical event of the first order. Especially when the renowned baritone Matthias Goerne is singing Schubert, Strauss and a world premiere by Detlev Glanert.
Conductor Jaap van Zweden needs no introduction. The same goes for Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony. The ingenious structure based on the most famous four notes in the history of Western music would become the archetypal symphony for many. Although the score is underpinned by the scantiest of thematic material, it is brimming with rhythmic energy and emotional vistas. Even a work performed as often as the Fifth is never ‘finished’, in the sense that no two performances are ever the same, and every conductor adds personal nuances. So how will Jaap van Zweden approach it?
Matthias Goerne’s lied interpretations are considered to be among the best in the world. He conveys the boundless melancholy of the lieder of Franz Schubert and Richard Strauss like no other. With the Concertgebouworkest Goerne presents the world premiere of Detlev Glanert’s Der Einsiedler as a welcome addition to Schubert’s Lieder An Sylvia and Tränenregen and Richard Strauss’s Ruhe, meine Seele and Morgen! Glanert’s earlier commissions for the Concertgebouworkest prove how much Glanert feels at home with the sound world of the nineteenth century.