Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam

The classics

D Series

D Series - The classics


The classics

Eight concerts on different evenings all showcasing an undisputed classic

A well-loved classical work features prominently on each of the eight concerts making up the D Series – each being a composition which has become so popular and famous that it is considered a staple in the repertoire. This season, these include Bach’s St John Passion, Mozart’s Symphony No. 40, Brahms’s Symphony No. 2 and Stravinsky’s timeless ballet Petrushka.

D Series highlights

Mozart’s Symphony No. 40 is one of the eight undisputed classics being highlighted this season in the D Series. Or rather nine, since Daniele Gatti is juxtaposing this turbulent symphony by Mozart with Brahms’s Fourth.

Brahms’s Second Symphony, his most carefree, and his Third – conducted by Sir John Eliot Gardiner – also belong to this special category.

In addition to symphonies, four major vocal classics have been programmed in the D Series this season: Bach’s St John Passion, Berlioz’s stupendous Requiem, the Grande messe des morts, Honegger’s opera–oratorio Jeanne d’Arc au bûcher – a musical and dramatic high point of the twentieth century – and Bartók’s opera Bluebeard’s Castle.

Finally, Stravinsky’s timeless ballet Petrushka will certainly be getting a refreshing twist thanks to conductor Iván Fischer’s approach.

The performance of Jeanne d’Arc au bûcher is made possible thanks to a generous contribution from the Freundeskreis Schweiz, the orchestra’s Swiss society of friends.

The classics of the 2018–19 season

Honegger: Jeanne d’Arc au bûcher
Brahms: Symphony No. 2
Bartók: Bluebeard’s Castle
Mozart: Symphony No. 40; Brahms: Symphony No. 4
Stravinsky: Petrushka
Brahms: Symphony No. 3
Bach: St John Passion
Berlioz: Grande messe des morts


  • 8 concerten