Between 6 and 13 November the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra will go on tour to Poland, the Baltic states and Scandinavia as part of the orchestra’s ambitious tour project, RCO meets Europe.
The orchestra will visit Wrocław (Poland), Vilnius (Lithuania), Riga (Latvia), Tallinn (Estonia), Helsinki (Finland), Gothenburg (Sweden) and Copenhagen (Denmark), each time performing the opening work together with a local youth orchestra (Side by Side).
Lithuania and Estonia will be visited by the Concertgebouw Orchestra for the first time in history.
The concerts in Poland, Latvia, Estonia and Denmark will be conducted by Philippe Herreweghe, leading the orchestra in Webers Overture to Oberon - performed Side by Side with local young musicians - followed by Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4 with Yefim Bronfman as the soloist and concluding with Brahms’s Symphony No. 2.
In Lithuania, Estonia and Sweden, Dima Slobodeniouk is the conductor. In the first two countries Zemlinsky’s Lustspiel-Ouvertüre is performed Side by Side, after which the orchestra plays Don Juan and Death and Transfiguration by Richard Strauss and Berg’s Sonata, Op. 1 in Theo Verbey’s orchestration. In Denmark the programme consists of Webers Overture to Oberon (Side by Side), Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4 with Yefim Bronfman, Zemlinsky’s Lustspiel-Ouvertüre and Strauss’s Death and Transfiguration.
Zemlinsky’s Lustspiel-Ouvertüre, composed in 1894-95, was published only recently and is very rarely heard. The Concertgebouw Orchestra performs the work for the first time this season.
In August 2016, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra kicked off RCO meets Europe, visiting all twenty-eight member states of the European Union. Later this month, RCO meets Europe is concluded with a concert in Zagreb, Croatia.