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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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AmsterdamDebussy’s La Mer en Ravel's La Valse

© nc
Poulenc, Debussy, Ravel
Radio Filharmonisch Orkest; Jun Märkl

AmsterdamJanine Jansen & London Symphony Orchestra: Sibelius

© Simon van Boxtel
Sibelius
London Symphony Orchestra; Michael Tilson Thomas; Janine Jansen

AmsterdamIntroduction to Bach's Cello Suites (in Dutch)

© Marco Borggreve
Bach
Bert Natter; Nicolas Altstaedt

AmsterdamCappella Amsterdam Sings Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem

© Ronal Knapp
Brahms: Ein Deutsches Requiem - A German Requiem, Op.45
Orkest van de Achttiende Eeuw; Daniel Reuss; Cappella Amsterdam; Lenneke Ruiten; André Morsch

AmsterdamPianist Lukáš Vondráček: Mozart, Brahms and Schumann

© Irene Kim
Mozart, Brahms, Schumann
Lukáš Vondrácek, Piano
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Starry performance can’t lift Caldara’s Planets to the skies

Andrea Marcon © Marco Borggreve
Accomplished performances from the cast and La Cetra Baroque Orchestra can’t fully compensate the shortcomings of Caldara’s Harmony of the Planets.
***11
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A magical Golden Cockerel at the Concertgebouw

Venera Gimadieva © Leonid Semenyuk
The Netherlands Radio Philharmonic under the baton of conductor Vasily Petrenko uncovers the magic of Rimsky-Korsakov’s exotic score. 
****1
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Gatti's Brahms and Beethoven with the RCO

Daniele Gatti © Pablo Faccinetto
The Concertgebouw's distinctive sound has remained intact. Ripe lower strings meld with limpid winds and sculpted horns emerge slowly into the foreground all gleaming and glistening.
****1
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Paula Murrihy a fantastic Sesto in Concertgebouw Clemenza

La clemenza di Tito © Hans Hijmering
Kenneth Montgomery leads the Orchestra of the 18th Century and a fine team of young soloists in a swift, finely detailed interpretation of La clemenza di Tito.
****1
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Thrilling singing in Simon Boccanegra at the Concertgebouw

Conductor James Gaffigan © Daniela Kienzler
Verdi voices that make one sit up and listen made this a memorable matinee.
****1
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