The royal orchestra of Concertgebouw
Conversation with Bernard Haitink, conductor of the Concertgebouw orchestra in Amsterdam. He brings up the repertoire and the rejuvenation and evolution of this orchestra. Excerpts from symphony num. 92 Oxford by Haydn and Bruckner's 9th Symphony.
The Amsterdam Concertgebouw Orchestra is one of the five or six most renowned in the world and has been for over a century. It's the royal orchestra of the Netherlands and it is based in Amsterdam. It owes its name to the building opened in 1888, reputed for its acoustic qualities: it's one of the most visited concert halls in the world. Its directors are among the greatest musicians of the 20th century. Willem Mengelberg directed for fifty years, then Eduard von Beinum until 1959 and Bernard Haitink for 29 years. Riccardo Chailly, then Mariss Jansons then succeeded. Richard Strauss, Gustav Mahler, Igor Stravinsky, Serge Rachmaninoff, Serge Prokofiev... all were heard within those walls. The orchestra created works from several musicians: Bartok, Berio, Britten, Hindemith, Kodaly, Milhaud, Schnittke... Recordings are released regularly, highlighting the orchestra's activities throughout its history.