The matinee

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The Matinee

Eight (or four) Sunday afternoon concerts

The Z Series lets you experience the most beautiful Sunday afternoons. The Concertgebouworkest’s matinee offers a wonderfully varied cross section of the orchestral repertoire under the direction of the most distinctive maestros and featuring acclaimed soloists. What better way to spend your Sunday afternoon?

Z Series highlights

In the 2021–22 season, you can enjoy the melodious music of Brahms, for instance. In addition to the autumnal First Symphony, several subdued choral works are being performed by Sir John Eliot Gardiner and his very own Monteverdi Choir. Tugan Sokhiev conducts the legendary, imaginative music of Stravinsky’s Firebird and Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique. The Concertgebouworkest will also be performing the Sixth and Seventh Symphonies of Sibelius under the baton of the young Finnish conductor Santtu-Matias Rouvali. Plus the Estonian conductor Kristiina Poska is making her Concertgebouworkest debut with Beethoven’s revolutionary ‘Eroica’ Symphony.

In addition to well-known works, there’s plenty of room for special surprises in the Z Series, like Stéphane Denève’s film music programme which conjures up famous Hollywood classics. On a programme spanning four centuries, the orchestra led by Maxim Emelyanychev, who is making his Concertgebouworkest debut, pays homage to the leading Dutch composer Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck (b. 1561, d. 1621).

Equally unusual, yet very compelling, is the programme led by conductor emeritus Riccardo Chailly. The acclaimed Italian maestro leads the orchestra in beautiful works by Alexander Zemlinsky and Henriette Bosmans, and a symphony long considered very controversial – Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 12 (‘The Year 1917’): is this a glorification or covert criticism of communism? Come and judge for yourself.

The Z Series also introduces you to some of the most charismatic and virtuoso soloists in the world like Alina Ibragimova, who is performing Mendelssohn’s renowned Violin Concerto in E minor, and Daniil Trifonov, who is championing Mosolov’s far too rarely performed Piano Concerto No. 1.

The American mezzo-soprano Kelley O’Connor is making her Concertgebouworkest debut in the heart-rending Neruda Songs by her compatriot Peter Lieberson. The orchestra’s leader Vesko Eschkenazy makes a solo appearance in Bosmans’s Concertstuk, and four of his colleagues are performing as soloists in Haydn’s Sinfonia concertante.

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