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The first reviews about our concerts with Mahler 5 and Detlev Glanert's 'Theatrum bestiarum' in Washington D.C. and New York have appeared. This concert was recorded last week in Amsterdam for NPO Radio 4 and is available online.

Washington Performing Arts Carnegie Hall

NPO Radio 4

Happy Birthday Maestro Bychkov!

RCO's artistic director Joel Ethan Fried congratulates Semyon Bychkov with his birthday!
Photo taken by Peter Tollenaar at the rehearsal for our concert at the Carnegie Hall, New York.
Watch us follow Bart Claessens, Nico Schippers and Martin Schippers closely for their performance at Washington D.C.'s Union Station, on Monday 28 November:
We started our 22nd tour to the USA in Washington DC, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

photo: Peter Tollenaar.
Join us live at Washington Union Station with Bart Claessens and Nico and Martin Schippers for their second set.
Join us live at Washington Union Station with Bart Claessen and Nico and Martin Schippers.
Last night Honorary Conductor Bernard Haitink received the Edison Oeuvre Award 2016 from the hands of mezzo-soprano Jard van Nes. Afterwards he personally thanked the members of the orchestra who played a chamber music version of Mahler's Adagietto for him.

Photos: Danielle van Coevorden
Stagehand Johan van Maaren is a real maestro when he instructs baggage handlers of KLM Royal Dutch Airlines on how to load the musicians' valuable instruments onto pallets for our flight to Washington D.C.

Photo: Jan Ummels

Washington Performing Arts The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Carnegie Hall Stage crew Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
This Sunday we will travel to the USA for concerts in Washington DC and New York. In October 1954 the Concertgebouw Orchestra traveled for the first time to the USA, by boat. Members of the orchestra had plenty of time to hand out signatures.

Washington Performing Arts The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Carnegie Hall
Interview over sponsoring in de NRC met algemeen directeur Jan Raes en ING-topman Ralph Hamers en Unilever-CEO Paul Polman.
'Jan Raes: „Alle kinderen zouden muziekles moeten krijgen, echt allemaal.” Polman: „Schrijf dat maar op, dat is belangrijker dan om hoeveel geld het nou precies gaat.” '

ING en Unilever sponsoren orkest om ‘van elkaar te leren’

We congratulate our Honorary Conductor Bernard Haitink with the Edison Oeuvre Award 2016.

Photo: Bernard Haitink in 1971 (credits: Frits van Swoll)
In 1905 Gustav Mahler recorded the 'Trauermarsch' from his Fifth Symphony on piano rolls made by the Firm Welte. This recording was of great help to conductor Semyon Bychkov to comprehend the complex meaning of this symphony.

On 8 March 1906 it was Gustav Mahler himself who conducted the first performance of this symphony in the Netherlands in Het Concertgebouw Amsterdam.

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Mahler plays symphony No. 5 on piano roll

This week on the RCO's music stands at Het Concertgebouw Amsterdam, New York's Carnegie Hall and The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington: Gustav Mahler's Fifth Symphony, conducted by maestro Semyon Bychkov. Here you can listen to glorious performances with former chief conductors Mariss Jansons, Riccardo Chailly, Bernard Haitink and even @Willem Mengelberg's 1926 take...
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RCO Now, a playlist by Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra on Spotify

Jeroen Woudstra (viola) and Davide Lattuada (bass clarinet) thanking pianist Emanuel Ax during the interval of our 2nd concert @Musikverein Wien.

Photo: Peter Tollenaar
RCO meets Bratislava! This is our first ever visit to Slovakia. Maestro Semyon Bychkov is preparing the Young Musicians of Bratislava for Weber's Oberon overture, to be performed Side by Side with us #RCOmeetsEurope

Photo: Peter Tollenaar.
RCO meets Vienna! We started tonight's concert Musikverein Wien Side by Side with members from the Webern Symphonie Orchester. Conductor: Semyon Bychkov. Soloist: Emanuel Ax #RCOmeetsEurope

Photo: Peter Tollenaar.
RCO Live's original DSD recordings are now available for download for the very first time through Native DSD Music. Check out our audiophile quality stereo and multichannel DSD albums at [ Nativedsd.com Link ]

RCO Live | NativeDSD Music

Cellist Julia Tom received the 'Prix de Salon' to support her project 'Folk Songs, Translated'. She wants to make an album with folk music from different cultures with music by composers as Chen Yi, Béla Bartók, Manuel de Falla, Robert Schumann and Tan Dun.

Photo: Mladen Pikulic