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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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AmsterdamRCO: Mozart and Brahms

© Anne Dokter
Mozart, Brahms
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra; Bernard Haitink

AmsterdamGhislieri Choir and Consort: Vivaldi, Bonancini

© Cyrille Guir
Vivaldi, d'Astorga, Bononcini, Handel
Giulio Prandi; Ghislieri Choir & Consort

AmsterdamHagen Quartet plays Schubert and Schumann

© Harald Hoffmann
Haydn, Schubert, Schumann
Hagen Quartet

AmsterdamSunday morning concert: Edo de Waart conducts Brahms' Symphony No. 3

© Marco Borggreve
Bosmans, Brahms
Radio Filharmonisch Orkest; Edo de Waart; Ronald Brautigam

AmsterdamMaster Pianists Series: Alexander Gavryluk

© Marco Borggreve
Bach, Chopin, Liszt, Rachmaninov, Prokofiev
Alexander Gavrylyuk, Piano
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The Dutch premiere of A Village Romeo and Juliet

Sir Mark Elder © Russell Hart
Gorgeous playing under Sir Mark Elder wasn’t enough to mask the lack of theatrical drive in the scrupulously cast Dutch premiere of Delius’ most successful opera.
***11
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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. 
****1
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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.
****1
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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.
****1
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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.
****1
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