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The Concertgebouw, Amsterdam

AddressConcertgebouwplein 10
Amsterdam
North Holland
1071 LN
Netherlands
ContainsChoir Hall
Main Hall
Recital Hall
Google maps52° 21' 22.494" N 4° 52' 44.769" E
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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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AmsterdamBeethoven's Fifth

Beethoven's Fifth
Beethoven, Lutosławski
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra; Thomas Hengelbrock; Gregor Horsch

AmsterdamBeethoven's Fifth

Beethoven's Fifth
Beethoven: Symphony no. 5 in C minor, Op.67
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra; Thomas Hengelbrock

AmsterdamAsko|Schönberg: Vivier and Namavar

© Juri Hiensch
Vivier, Namavar
Reinbert de Leeuw; Barbara Kozelj; Katrien Baerts; Asko|Schönberg; Slagwerk Den Haag

AmsterdamMaster Pianists Series: Alexei Volodin

© Marco Borggreve
Medtner, Prokofiev, Rachmaninov
Alexei Volodin, Piano
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Elegance and discipline in Chung and the RCO's Mahler 9

Myung-Whun Chung © Jean-Francois-Leclercq
Myung-whun Chung and the orchestra provide a compelling account of Mahler's last completed symphony, albeit not one that hits the extremes.
****1
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Bartoli and band in killer castrato show at the Concertgebouw

Cecilia Bartoli © Uli Weber | Decca
Cecilia Bartoli sang arias written (and not written) for Farinelli like a goddess, putting on and taking off a parade of varigendered costumes to the jubilant virtuosity of Les Musiciens du Prince.
*****
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Sublime singing in Scenes from Goethe's Faust

Sir John Eliot Gardiner and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra © Jan Hordijk
Soloists and choir, headed by a spellbinding Christian Gerhaher, brought real lustre to Schumann’s treatment of Goethe’s magnum opus.
****1
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Toxic masculinity in Orchestra of the 18th century's Don Giovanni

Paula Murrihy © Barbara Aumüller
The Orchestra of the 18th Century proves the main asset of a rewarding Don Giovanni at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw. 
***11
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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. 
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