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RCO Editions No. 19: Gatti conducts Berlioz

By on sep 20, 2016 in RCO Editions | 0 comments

iPad video magazine, produced for Videodock Client: Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique is such a popular work that many music lovers know it inside out. Daniele Gatti came to the score with a fresh vision and seduced the members of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra into giving a performance that sheds new light on this famous masterpiece. This concert is a prelude to their new and adventurous partnership.

RCO Editions No. 18: A triumph for idiots

By on mei 15, 2016 in RCO Editions | 0 comments

iPad video magazine, produced for Videodock Client: Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra ‘Muddle instead of music’ – so ran Stalin’s condemnation of Shostakovich’s music. The composer feared for his life and withdrew his Fourth Symphony before its premiere. To make amends he composed his triumphant Fifth Symphony – but exactly how triumphant is the Fifth?

RCO Editions No. 17: The fate of a Symphony

By on mrt 16, 2016 in RCO Editions | 0 comments

iPad video magazine, produced for Videodock Client: Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Per aspera ad astra, ‘through hardship to victory’ could have been the motto of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony. In this 17th RCO Edition we combine Iván Fischer’s performance of the Fifth with a work that ends on a less positive note: Mahler’s Sixth Symphony conducted by Lorin Maazel. Orchestra members Gregor Horsch and Liviu Prunaru feature as soloists in a beautiful performance of Brahms’s Double Concerto and Beethoven’s Fourth Symphony brings the Edition to an optimistic close; it also marks the final instalment of Iván Fischer’s recordings of the complete Beethoven symphonies in RCO Editions.

RCO Editions No. 16: A requiem for the living

By on jan 15, 2016 in RCO Editions | 0 comments

iPad video magazine, produced for Videodock Client: Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Whilst the Latin Requiem Mass is filled with sorrow and pain, Brahms chose the most consoling texts from the German Bible for his moving Ein deutsches Requiem. This is a Requiem on a human scale for those who have been left behind.

RCO Editions No. 15: Shostakovich’s tenth symphony

By on nov 15, 2015 in RCO Editions | 0 comments

iPad video magazine, produced for Videodock Client: Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra The Tenth Symphony marked a turning point in Shostakovich’s work: in it he settled his accounts with Stalin, his greatest enemy. Stalin’s death meant greater freedom and happiness for Shostakovich, although he also saw the consequences of Stalin’s decades of terror all too clearly.

RCO Editions No. 14: Bruckner’s ninth symphony

By on sep 15, 2015 in RCO Editions | 0 comments

iPad video magazine, produced for Videodock Client: Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra ‘If God in his goodness should only let me finish this work’ — we are told that these were Bruckner’s own words. The Austrian master composer was mortally ill and died shortly before he could complete his Ninth Symphony. We have to be content with three heavenly movements, dedicated to God himself.

RCO Editions No. 13: The miraculous lightness of being

By on jul 15, 2015 in RCO Editions | 0 comments

iPad video magazine, produced for Videodock Client: Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Richard Strauss was an old man and near the end of his life when he wrote his oboe concerto; its radiant light and life are surprising, considering his age and the dark times that Germany was then experiencing. This same lightness of touch gives sparkling new life to Martijn Padding’s setting of a sixteenth-century Dutch song, Ick Seg Adieu (I Bid You Adieu), and is just as unexpected in Britten’s setting of Arthur Rimbaud’s bizarre and fanciful visions. Clarity, lightness of touch and a playful spirit lie at the heart of this Edition.

RCO Editions No. 12: Beethoven: joy and freedom

By on mei 15, 2015 in RCO Editions | 0 comments

iPad video magazine, produced for Videodock Client: Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra In his Ninth Symphony Beethoven calls on all the peoples of the world to be reconciled and to live as brothers. The symphony is as revolutionary as it is irresistible; its influence was clearly to be felt in such contemporary events as the fall of the Berlin Wall and the Tiananmen Square protests in Peking.

RCO Editions No. 11: heavenly life

By on mrt 15, 2015 in RCO Editions | 0 comments

iPad video magazine, produced for Videodock Client: Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Life was not always kind to Gustav Mahler, but at the end of his Fourth Symphony a bright young voice sings about life in heaven. A happy, cheerful, innocent, blessed existence, expressed perfectly in music.

RCO Editions No. 10: Beethoven: back to nature

By on jan 15, 2015 in RCO Editions | 0 comments

iPad video magazine, produced for Videodock Client: Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra ‘No one can love the country as much as I do’ wrote Beethoven. Walking in the countryside around Vienna he made notes of what he saw and – before things got worse – heard: birds singing, the dance music of the farmers, a babbling brook, and a raging thunderstorm. He brought all that together into the Sixth symphony: a hymn to nature.