Eight great maestros are conducting the Concertgebouworkest in the E Series.
Jaap van Zweden is juxtaposing Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony with lieder by Schubert and Strauss, sung by the renowned baritone Matthias Goerne. Fabio Luisi is conducting moody works by Verdi and Diepenbrock, who died 100 years ago (in 1921), as well as a composition by his compatriot Malipiero. Semyon Bychkov is leading the orchestra in Dvořák’s sunny Eighth Symphony and Shostakovich’s loony First Piano Concerto with pianist Kirill Gerstein and Miroslav Petkov, the Concertgebouworkest’s principal trumpet player. The orchestra’s leader Liviu Prunaru is performing Sibelius’s Violin Concerto under the baton of Myung-whun Chung, who then turns his attention to Brahms’s First Symphony.
Iván Fischer is conducting short works by all seventeen composers whose names are immortalised on the plaques adorning the balconies in the Main Hall, including the Dutch composers Röntgen, Dopper, Zweers, Wagenaar, Pijper and – once again – Diepenbrock.
Sir Antonio Pappano, too, is leading the orchestra in music by Diepenbrock, followed by works by Schumann, Strauss and Mahler. Paavo Järvi will be conducting Schumann’s ‘Rhenish’ Symphony. Daniel Harding is juxtaposing Mahler’s First Symphony with Schubert’s Third. Gustavo Gimeno, who will be assuming the post of music director of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra in the 2020–21 season, is conducting Beethoven’s last two piano concertos with Krystian Zimerman as soloist.