Members of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra - Schubert's Master Octet

Members of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra - Schubert's Master Octet

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Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra belongs to the absolute world top. Not only do the musicians excel in the great symphonic repertoire, they are also great lovers of chamber music. Eight KCO soloists celebrate their love for Schubert's beautiful 'Octet' in the Edesche Concert Hall. Chamber music of the highest level, with the allure of a compelling symphony.
Arno Piters: "I was studying to crush, because you want that recognition anyway."
Within the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra there is plenty of room for chamber music. "That's important, especially for the strings. They are on their own; every scratch, every mistake you hear. Chamber music benefits the ensemble playing of the whole orchestra, because you have to pay close attention to what's going on around you. And then it doesn't really matter who you play with, because everyone plays the stars of the sky. That's why I think it's so great to do the program together with the beautiful octets of Schubert and Widmann"!
(Read the interview with Arno Piters.)

Schubert's 'Octet'

A masterpiece never comes alone. Schubert wrote his 'Octet' for three wind instruments and five strings at the same time as he was working on the famous string quartets 'Rosamunde' and 'Der Tod und das Mädchen'. Another similarity is that Schubert also draws from other compositions in the 'Octet', such as the famous song 'Der Wanderer'. The kinship does end, however, because the 'Octet' far surpasses these string quartets in both duration and occupation. With his 'Octet', Schubert composed a hitherto unique work and inspired later composers to create such a work

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Widmann (1973) is such a composer in whose music Schubert's spirit has penetrated deep into the pores. For Widmann, Schubert's 'Octet' is 'the central reference work'. A masterpiece never comes alone. Widmann's 'Octet', like Schubert's 'Octet', starts out as a single voice, but Widmann lets the eight-piece ensemble fan out like an entire orchestra by using special playing manners. Enjoy these two masterful octets as the two sides of the same medal. Also read the interview De Groene Amsterdammer had with Jörg Widmann.

Listen to Schubert's 'Octet' by members of the Berlin Philharmonic.

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Saturday 25 February 2017, 20:00

Five strings and three wind instruments from the world-famous Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra play two masterpieces of chamber music. Schubert made himself immortal with his beautiful Octet. It became a work with symphonic allure, not only because of the large line-up, but also because of its length. The German composer Jörg Widmann was so inspired by it that he also wrote an Octet for the same instrumentation. Music written for these eight members of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra

When and where

Begin time:
Saturday 25 February 2017, 20:00

The Edesche Concert Hall. Unheard of acoustics, intimate beauty, one of the most beautiful concert grand pianos in the Netherlands with the very best musicians. From one hour before the start of the concert you are welcome in the Edesche Concert Hall, for example for a cup of coffee in advance. Please note: during the performance we do not grant access to the concert hall The Edesche Concertzaal is unsubsidized and is made possible by Eskes Media / DagjeWeg.NL.

  • Many payment options online;
  • Stage Gift Card OK, also online;
  • Free coffee/drinks/breakfasts;
  • Free wardrobe;
  • Free luxury program magazine;
  • Free and paid parking in the vicinity;
  • ECLive! Listen to the concert again in high quality afterwards (at selected concerts);
  • Enjoy the Edesche Concert Hall Diner at the adjacent atmospheric restaurant Buitenzorg;
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Edesche Concertzaal

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