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ROYAL CONCERTGEBOUW ORCHESTRA

The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra is one of the very best orchestras in the world. But what makes the orchestra so special? Time and time again, critics have lauded its unique sound, which clearly stands out among thousands of others. Although sound is difficult to describe in words, the RCO’s string section has been called ‘velvety’, the sound of the brass ‘golden’, the timbre of the woodwinds ‘distinctly personal’ and the percussion have an international reputation. While the exceptional acoustics of the Concertgebouw, designed by the architect AL van Gendt, also play an important rôle in this respect, no other orchestra sounds like the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in the Main Hall. The influence exerted on the orchestra by its chief conductors, of whom there have been only six in the last 125 years, is also important. As is that of the musicians themselves. The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra is made up of 120 players hailing from over twenty countries. Despite its size, the orchestra actually functions more like a chamber orchestra in terms of the sensitivity with which its members listen to, and work in tandem with, one another. Indeed, this requires both a high individual calibre and a great sense of mutual trust and confidence. The atmosphere onstage, the orchestra’s roots in Amsterdam and the organisational structure (the RCO Board also includes members of the orchestra) all converge to create exactly the right circumstances for exceptional music-making. The musicians are allowed to shine, yet still share responsibility for the collective. They also share the aim of achieving and delivering the highest level of quality at every performance, an ambition that goes far beyond simply playing all the notes perfectly.

Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Photo: Simon van Boxtel


Albums featuring this artist are available for download from ClassicsOnline.com
Role: Orchestra 
Album Title
Catalogue No  Work Category 
BACH, J.S.: St. Matthew Passion (Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, I. Fischer) (Blu-ray, Full-HD) Arthaus Musik
108075
Classical Concert
BACH, J.S.: St. Matthew Passion (Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, I. Fischer) (NTSC) Arthaus Musik
101676
Classical Concert
BEETHOVEN, L. van: Missa Solemnis (Petersen, Kulman, Gura, Finley, Netherlands Radio Choir, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Harnoncourt) (Blu-ray, HD) C Major
712704
Classical Concert
BEETHOVEN, L. van: Missa Solemnis (Petersen, Kulman, Gura, Finley, Netherlands Radio Choir, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Harnoncourt) (NTSC) C Major
712608
Classical Concert
BEETHOVEN, L. van: Piano Concerto No. 5 / RIMSKY-KORSAKOV, N.: Scheherazade (Bronfman, Nelsons) (Blu-ray, HD) C Major
710204
Classical Concert
BEETHOVEN, L. van: Piano Concerto No. 5 / RIMSKY-KORSAKOV, N.: Scheherazade (Bronfman, Nelsons) (NTSC) C Major
710108
Classical Concert
BEETHOVEN, L. van: Piano Concerto No. 5, "Emperor" / Piano Sonata No. 28 (R. Casadesus, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Rosbaud) Newton Classics
NC8802050
Concertos
BRAHMS, J.: Violin Concerto / MENDELSSOHN, Felix: Violin Concerto (Szeryng, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Haitink) Newton Classics
NC8802053
Concertos
DUTCH NATIONAL BALLET (PAL) Arthaus Musik
100282
Ballet DVD
JANSONS, Mariss: Music is the Language of the Heart and Soul (Documentary, 2011) / MAHLER, G.: Symphony No. 2 (Concertgebouw, Jansons) (Blu-Ray, HD) C Major
709804
Classical Concert
JANSONS, Mariss: Music is the Language of the Heart and Soul (Documentary, 2011) / MAHLER, G.: Symphony No. 2 (Concertgebouw, Jansons) (NTSC) C Major
709708
Classical Concert
SHOSTAKOVICH, D.: Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk (DNO, 2006) (NTSC) Opus Arte
OA0965D
Opera DVD
SHOSTAKOVICH, D.: Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk (DNO, 2006) (Blu-ray, Full HD) Opus Arte
OABD7031D
Opera DVD
SHOSTAKOVICH, D.: Symphony No. 8 (Nelsons) (Blu-ray, HD) C Major
710004
Classical Concert
SHOSTAKOVICH, D.: Symphony No. 8 (Nelsons) (NTSC) C Major
709908
Classical Concert
SHOSTAKOVICH, D.: Violin Concerto No. 1 / RIHM, W.: Gesungene Zeit (Van Zweden, Waart, Peskó) Naxos
8.573271
Concertos
SMETANA, B.: Ma Vlast / DVORAK, A.: In Nature's Realm (Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Dorati) Newton Classics
NC8802073
Orchestral
STRAUSS, R.: Alpensinfonie (Eine) (An Alpine Symphony) (Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Haitink) Newton Classics
NC8802054
Orchestral
STRAUSS, R.: Also sprach Zarathustra / Macbeth / Till Eulenspiegel (Nelsons) (Blu-ray, HD) C Major
719004
Classical Concert
STRAUSS, R.: Also sprach Zarathustra / Macbeth / Till Eulenspiegel (Nelsons) (NTSC) C Major
718908
Classical Concert
TCHAIKOVSKY, P.I.: Eugene Onegin (DNO, 2011) (Blu-ray, HD) Opus Arte
OABD7100D
Opera DVD
TCHAIKOVSKY, P.I.: Eugene Onegin (DNO, 2011) (NTSC) Opus Arte
OA1067D
Opera DVD





 
 
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