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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

Role: Orchestra 
Album Title
Catalogue No  Work Category 
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
BRAHMS, J.: Symphony No. 3 / STRAUSS, R.: Also sprach Zarathustra (Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Mitropoulos) (1958) Orfeo
C458971B
Orchestral
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
Orchestral Music - MOZART, W.A. / HAYDN, J. / BEETHOVEN, L. / STRAUSS, R. (Salzburger Orchesterkonzerte) (Berlin Philharmonic, Szell) (1958-1968) Orfeo
C704077L
Orchestral, Concerto, Orchestral
RUSSIAN OPERA CLASSICS (5-Blu-ray Disc Box Set) Opus Arte
OABD7193BD
Opera DVD
RUSSIAN OPERA CLASSICS (8-DVD Box Set) (NTSC) Opus Arte
OA1203BD
Opera DVD
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
Concerto
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
TCHAIKOVSKY, P.I.: Pique Dame (The Queen of Spades) [Opera] (DNO, 2016) (Blu-ray, HD) C Major
744004
Opera DVD
TCHAIKOVSKY, P.I.: Pique Dame (The Queen of Spades) [Opera] (DNO, 2016) (NTSC) C Major
743908
Opera DVD





 
 
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