Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam

17, 18 May 2017

Prokofiev - Piano Concerto No. 3

Denis Kozhukin, piano

Van Zweden - Shostakovich 8

May 2017 Wednesday 20:15
Concertgebouw, Amsterdam
The Netherlands
past concert
May 2017 Thursday 20:15
Concertgebouw, Amsterdam
The Netherlands
past concert
Sergej Prokofjev Piano Concerto No. 3
Dmitri Shostakovich Symphony No. 8

Jaap van Zweden returns to the RCO with Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 8. Having learned from previous experience, Shostakovich knew beforehand how his starkly tragic Eighth Symphony would be received by the Soviet authorities. In a sarcastic letter, he even parodied their officialese: ‘I am sure that it will give rise to valuable critical observations which will both inspire me to future creative work and provide insights enabling me to review that which I have created in the past.’

The symphony is a quest for redemption, but given its erratic finale, it is highly uncertain whether redemption is actually found. Because of its ‘extremely subjective nature’ and ‘intense despondency’, the Eighth was slated, and for many years banned, by the Soviet regime.

Before the interval, Denis Kozhukhin makes his first solo appearance with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Prokofiev’s energetic Third Piano Concerto.


before the concerts

Ticket holders attending the concerts on 17 and 18 May are invited to dine in the Concertgebouw’s beautiful Mirror Hall before the performance. Guests can enjoy a three-course dinner, including an aperitif and drinks, from 6.15 p.m.

You can order dinners online when ordering your tickets. If you have already purchased tickets or a subscription, you can order dinners by phoning the Concertgebouw Line on +31 (0)900–6718345 (calls cost €1) or at the Concertgebouw box office.

Meals cost €57.50 per cover.


17 and 18 May

"Chouwder" of Dutch asparagus with poached salmon, courgette and chervil

Braised lambs neck, crushed new potatos with tapenade, peas, mint and lambs gravy

Banana chocolate fool

Coffee tea and sweet meats

Diet requests

If you have questions concerning your diet, please call 06-57495890.