'Standing on the podium before the musicians, I always appreciate just how special they are. Their approach to music-making goes far beyond questions of sound; it is so profound, so deep, so noble. They make you feel that you have entered a very special world'. Mariss Jansons on the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
'Standing on the podium before the musicians, I always appreciate just how special they are. Their approach to music-making goes far beyond questions of sound; it is so profound, so deep, so noble. They make you feel that you have entered a very special world'
. Mariss Jansons on the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
In 2004, Mariss Jansons become only the sixth chief conductor of the Concertgebouw Orchestra, an appointment that is by definition historic. The Latvian-born musician was destined for greatness: one family photograph shows him aged three conducting from a score, baton in hand. His father was a conductor and his mother was a soprano at the Riga opera house. As an adult, Jansons studied with Herbert von Karajan and the luminary Russian conductor Evgeny Mravinsky, becoming his assistant at the Leningrad (now St Petersburg) Philharmonic. A string of prestigious international engagements followed.
Jansons is universally admired. He's a conductor with a reputation for setting himself punishingly high standards, but who has earned the love of musicians for his deep understanding of musicians and music, his meticulous preparation and for his blend of soulfulness and energy. These are qualities he brings to the music he conducts, whether the Romantic giants he cherishes - Mahler, Strauss and Bruckner - or the Classical grace of Haydn.
In 2008, the Concertgebouw Orchestra was voted by Gramophone Magazine to be the best orchestra in the world, but another of Janson's orchestras - the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra - was also in the Top 10. Janson was the only conductor to appear twice in that list, suggesting that the world's best orchestra is led by the world's best conductor.
PROGRAM 1 'LEGENDARY'
WAGENAAR Overture: The Taming of the Shrew
, Op.25 (1909)
STRAVINSKY The Firebird
: Suite (1919)
TCHAIKOVSKY Symphony No. 5 in E minor, Op.64
PROGRAM 2 'HEROIC'
BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No.3 in C minor, Op.37 - Yefim Bronfman piano
R STRAUSS A Hero's Life
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