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Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra

Thursday, January 18, 2018 8 PM Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
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Daniele Gatti by Marco Borggreve, Janine Jansen by Marco Borggreve / Decca Classical
It’s one of astonishing power and beauty,” said The New York Times of violinist Janine Jansen’s “full-bodied, polished-wood sound.” She is the soloist in one of the Romantic era’s great works: Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1. It is certainly a showpiece for the soloist, but the concerto is also a work of tremendous lyricism and emotional weight. The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra is one of the great Mahler orchestras, performing the composer’s Symphony No. 1 at Carnegie Hall—a work that delights with its sounds of nature and lilt of folk song, while uplifting the spirit with its sublime climax.

Perspectives: Janine Jansen


Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Daniele Gatti, Chief Conductor
Janine Jansen, Violin


BRUCH Violin Concerto No. 1
MAHLER Symphony No. 1

Event Duration

The printed program will last approximately two hours, including one 20-minute intermission. Please note that there will be no late seating before intermission.
Janine Jansen introduces her 2017–2018 Perspectives series

Perspectives: Janine Jansen

The Trustees of Carnegie Hall gratefully acknowledge the generosity of Jean-Marie and Elizabeth Eveillard in support of the 2017–2018 season.

At a Glance

This concert presents an early symphony and a popular concerto by two composers from the Romantic era. Bruch’s Violin Concert has the lyricism, spontaneity, and organic structure we immediately associate with Romantic sensibility. Premiered in 1868, it is an unbroken flow—so much so that many resisted calling it a concerto, which usually has neatly segmented contrasts and movements. The concerto’s unity and spontaneity—belied by its torturous composition process—have made it a favorite with audiences. Mahler’s Symphony No. 1 already has his signatures, including a broad symphonic canvas, a memorable funeral march, manic emotional shifts, a juxtaposition of mystical and vernacular material, and a vivid evocation of nature. The orchestra is typically gigantic, including seven horns and four trumpets. A product of the late 19th century, the symphony has the fervor and lyricism we associate with Romanticism, but its structural, emotional, and harmonic innovations look toward the future.


Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra

The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra (RCO) is one of the very best orchestras in the world. Time and time again, critics have praised its unique sound. The orchestra’s strings, brass, woodwinds, and percussion have all gained an international reputation for their timbre. The exceptional acoustics of the Concertgebouw play an important role in this reputation. Equally important, however, is the quality of the musicians themselves and the influence exerted on the orchestra by its chief conductors, of which there have been only seven since the orchestra was founded in 1888: Willem Kes (1888–1895), Willem Mengelberg (1895–1945), Eduard van Beinum (1945–1959), Bernard Haitink (1961–1988), Riccardo Chailly (1988–2004), Mariss Jansons (2004–2015), and now Daniele Gatti (since September 2016).

Leading composers such as Gustav Mahler and Richard Strauss conducted the orchestra on more than one occasion. The orchestra still regularly collaborates with contemporary composers and contributes to the development of new music by regularly commissioning compositions.

In addition to some 90 concerts performed at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the RCO gives 40 concerts at leading halls around the world each year. The orchestra has made more than 1,100 recordings to date, many of which have won international accolades. Since 2004, the RCO boasts its own in-house label, RCO Live.

In celebration of its 125th anniversary, in 2013 the orchestra undertook a world tour, visiting six continents in a single year.
Between 2016 and 2018, all 28 member states of the European Union will be visited for the RCO Meets Europe tour. In each EU country, the orchestra will perform at least one work together with a local youth orchestra.

Daniele Gatti

Born in Milan, Daniele Gatti studied piano, composition, and conducting at the Conservatorio di Milano. He has been chief conductor of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra since the 2016–2017 season.

Between 2008 and 2016, Maestro Gatti was the music director of the Orchestre National de France. Previously, he was music director of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (London); principal conductor of the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia (Rome); principal guest conductor at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden (London); music director of the Teatro Comunale di Bologna; and principal conductor at the Opernhaus Zürich. In 2016, he was appointed artistic adviser of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra.

As a guest conductor, Maestro Gatti regularly leads the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Berliner Philharmoniker, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, and Filarmonica della Scala. He has conducted many new productions at leading opera houses all around the world and has close ties with the Teatro alla Scala in Milan and the Vienna State Opera. Maestro Gatti is one of the few Italian conductors ever invited to the Bayreuth Festival, where he conducted Wagner’s Parsifal in 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011. At the Metropolitan Opera in New York, he made his debut in a production of Puccini’s Madama Butterfly in 2004, and he returned in 2013 for an acclaimed new production of Parsifal, the DVD of which was released in 2014.

Since his debut in April 2004, he has been a regular guest with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra.

Maestro Gatti is a Grande Ufficiale Ordine al Merito della Repubblica Italiana and was awarded the prestigious Franco Abbiati Prize in both 2005 and 2016. The French Republic named him a Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres and a Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur.

Janine Jansen, Violin

A violinist with an enviable international reputation, Janine Jansen works with the world’s preeminent orchestras and conductors. This season, in addition to curating her Carnegie Hall Perspectives series, she tours with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra under Daniele Gatti, London Symphony Orchestra under Michael Tilson Thomas and Semyon Bychkov, and Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen under Paavo Järvi.

Further highlights of Ms. Jansen’s 2017–2018 season include engagements with the Berliner Philharmoniker (also under Paavo Järvi), Munich Philharmonic under Zubin Mehta, Staatskapelle Dresden under Sir Antonio Pappano, The Philadelphia Orchestra and Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra under Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Czech Philharmonic under Jakub Hrůša, Oslo Philharmonic and Vienna Symphony under David Afkham, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra under Karina Canellakis, and Iceland Symphony Orchestra under Daniel Blendulf. She also travels to Asia and Australasia to perform with the Singapore, Sydney, and New Zealand symphony orchestras.

A devoted chamber musician, Ms. Jansen joins Mischa Maisky, Lily Maisky, Martha Argerich, and Itamar Golan for a major European chamber music tour this season. She also performs recitals throughout Europe with pianists Alexander Gavrylyuk, Elisabeth Leonskaja, and Kathryn Stott. Ms. Jansen is founder of the hugely successful International Chamber Music Festival Utrecht; in June 2016, after 13 years, she stepped down from her position as artistic director and named cellist Harriet Krijgh her successor.

As an exclusive recording artist for Decca Classics, Ms. Jansen has achieved great success on the digital music charts, particularly since the 2003 release of her acclaimed recording of Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons. Her latest release, conducted by Sir Antonio Pappano, features Bartók’s Violin Concerto No. 1 with the London Symphony Orchestra and Brahms’s Violin Concerto with the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia.

Ms. Jansen has won numerous prizes, including four Edison Klassiek awards, four ECHO Klassik awards, the Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik, the NDR Musikpreis for outstanding artistic achievement, and the Concertgebouw Prize. She has also been awarded the VSCD Klassieke Muziekprijs for individual achievement and the Royal Philharmonic Society Instrumentalist Award for performances in the United Kingdom. She studied with Coosje Wijzenbeek, Philippe Hirschhorn, and Boris Belkin.

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