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RCO Editions No. 9: Romeo and Juliet and Stalin

By on nov 15, 2014 in RCO Editions | 0 comments

iPad video magazine, produced for Videodock Client: Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Daniele Gatti conducts the indestructible ballet score by Sergei Prokofiev. His Romeo & Juliet has everything: star-crossed lovers, a family feud, duels, dancing, a wedding and a dramatic finale at a tomb. But Shakespeare was not the only one to influence the music: Prokofiev had to deal with Stalin, too.

RCO Editions No. 8: Bruckner: absolute music

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iPad video magazine, produced for Videodock Client: Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Anton Bruckner called his Fifth Symphony his ‘contrapuntal masterpiece’. Indeed, the music is of an incredible technical ingenuity, a grand musical creation, like his eight other symphonies. However as a human being Bruckner was painfully modest. How is it possible that Bruckner’s work and life seem to have so little in common?

RCO Editions No. 7: Brahms, a modern man

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iPad video magazine, produced for Videodock Client: Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Johannes Brahms wrote his powerful Symphony No. 3 in four months, shortly after his fiftieth birthday. At long last the composer had freed himself from the shadow of the old giant who had dominated the symphonic form for decades: Beethoven.

RCO Editions No. 6: St. Matthew Passion

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iPad video magazine, produced for Videodock Client: Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Bach’s St. Matthew Passion ranks as a unique feature in the history of the Concertgebouw Orchestra. For over a century the orchestra will perform the Passion in the days before Easter, always keen to apply new ideas about the miraculous essence of the piece – from Willem Mengelberg to Nikolaus Harnoncourt, from Riccardo Chailly to Iván Fischer.

RCO Editions No. 5: Beethoven & the revolution

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iPad video magazine, produced for Videodock Client: Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Ludwig van Beethoven entitled his Symphony No. 3 Eroica — the ‘Heroic’. It is a revolutionary piece, one inspired by the great revolutionary events that were sweeping across Europe at that time, but it is also filled with admiration for the man who embodied these changes: Napoleon.

RCO Editions No. 4: the wandering ghost

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iPad video magazine, produced for Videodock Client: Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra In 1917 Sergei Rachmaninoff fled his beloved Russia forever. He remained one of the world’s most celebrated pianists and composers, but he would always see himself as ‘a ghost wandering forever in the world.’ RCO Editions # 4 places Rachmaninoff’s famous Third Piano Concerto at the heart of his story, as a wandering ghost, between the works of his beloved Tchaikovsky, and his final opus, the Symphonic Dances.

RCO Editions No. 3: Love & scandal

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iPad video magazine, produced for Videodock Client: Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra On 31 March 1913, a concert in Vienna with music by Schoenberg, Zemlinsky, Berg, Webern and Mahler ended in uproar. Four people were arrested. This became known as the Skandalkonzert – the Scandal Concert. A golden age seemed to be coming to an end. War would soon break out.

RCO Editions No. 2: Into the light

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iPad video magazine, produced for Videodock Client: Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra In the second RCO Editions three works from Richard Strauss as well as Gustav Mahler’s Second symphony. Anna Picard puts Strauss in a different perspective and Désanne van Brederode connects Aufklärung to Verklärung.

RCO Editions No. 1: Mozart on the road

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iPad video magazine, produced for Videodock Client: Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791) spent a third of his short life on the road. Travelling was expensive and dangerous, but it gave Mozart ample time to compose new work, trying to cater to the tastes of different audiences in different cities. This Edition features two great symphonies, written ‘on the road’, for premieres in Paris and Prague.