Performer: Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and Chief Conductor Mariss Jansons fell just short of excellence in the first concert of their residency at the Barbican, with Bruckner's 4th Symphony alongside Mozart's G Major Violin Concerto (with Frank Peter Zimmermann).
Menahem Pressler's début with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, conducted by Trevor Pinnock at Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw. Cynthia Wilson reviews.
We celebrate this year the bicentennials of two of the most influential composers of the 19th century. Yet celebrations in Amsterdam have been rather one-sided so far.
It is the rare concert for which one can say that each half of the program would have sufficed as the sole offering of the night; when each half contains personality, wisdom, a sense of history, life-risking music-making, and attractive and important repertoire.
With the exception of the St Petersburg Symphony, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra is the only one I can recall walking onto a silent, empty, Usher Hall stage en masse. I don't know why this feature should strike me so – perhaps mere schoolteacher overtones. The welcome was warm and sustained until all 115 members were in place for Mahler’s monumental Symphony no.