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Meet the concertmaster: Vesko Eschkenazy

Vesko Eschkenazy © Diliana Florentin
Vesko Eschkenazy, concertmaster of the Royal Concertgebouew Orchestra, tells us about his appointment and about the peculiarities of his role he plays in the orchestra. 
Biography

It was Bernard Haitink who once praised The Concertgebouw as the best instrument of the orchestra that it houses. That must have been what prominent Amsterdam residents had in mind when they decided in 1881 to gift the capital city with a majestic concert hall. Seven years later, the swampy fields just outside the city limits boasted a wonder of neoclassic architecture, The Concertgebouw. Nowadays, just like the celebrated Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, this fantastic concert hall enjoys worldwide renown.

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AmsterdamBernard Haitink conducts the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra

© Mladen Pikulic
Mozart, Bruckner
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra; Bernard Haitink; Dame Mitsuko Uchida

AmsterdamMaster Pianists Series: Arcadi Volodos

© Marco Borggreve
Schubert, Rachmaninov, Scriabin
Arcadi Volodos, Piano

AmsterdamChoir of St John's College, Cambridge: Christmas Concert

© Nick Rutter
Chilcott, Mathias, Tavener, Vaughan Williams, Swayne, Traditional, Bach, Poulenc, Gruber, Willcocks
Andrew Nethsingha; Cambridge Choir of St John's College; Glen Dempsey; Laura van der Heijden

AmsterdamChristmas classics at the movies

© Eduardus Lee
Silvestri, Tchaikovsky, Martin, Blake, Anderson, Rózsa, Williams, Coots, Bernard, Herbert, Gruber
North West German Philharmonic; Cameron Burns; Leonor Amaral

AmsterdamRoyal Concertgebouw Orchestra: Gergiev meets Janine Jansen

© Marco Borggreve
Brahms, Ravel
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra; Valery Gergiev; Janine Jansen; Chorus of Dutch National Opera
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Sovereign Bartoli revisits Vivaldi at the Concertgebouw

Cecilia Bartoli © Decca | Kristian Schuller
Almost twenty years after her first Vivaldi album, Cecilia Bartoli revisits the composer in her latest recording and touring project. 
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Brownlee and Spyres: so much more than vocal jousting

Michael Spyres and Lawrence Brownlee © Ronald Knapp
Top tenors Lawrence Brownlee and Michael Spyres dared to duel at the Concertgebouw. Both emerged victorious, and not just because of the volley of sensational top notes.
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Symphonically lustrous Weill at the Concertgebouw

Cristian Măcelaru © Adriane White
Performing both works for the first time, the RCO capered crisply through Shostakovich’s Suite from The Nose and played sumptuously in Weill’s The Seven Deadly Sins, with captivating songstress Wende.
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An unfussy, memorable War Requiem from Noseda

Gianandrea Noseda © Steve Sherman
Gianandrea Noseda conducts the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Netherlands Radio Choir and an ideal team of soloists in a memorable performance of Britten's War Requiem.
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An intense Jeanne d'Arc au bûcher in Amsterdam

Stéphane Denève © SWR | Villa Berg
Stéphane Denève and the RCO gave a powerful, meticulously prepared performance of Honegger’s dramatic oratorio about Joan of Arc.
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