Closing of the 66th Ljubljana Festival
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Manfred Honeck, conductor
Anett Fritsch, soprano
A. Webern: Five Movements Op. 5
A. Berg: Altenberg Lieder, op. 4
A. Bruckner: Symphony No. 3 in D minor, WAB 103
Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra is considered one of the finest orchestras in the world. Critics describe its sound as unique and balanced. Its string section has been called „velvety”, the sound of the brass is „golden”, the timbre of the woodwinds is „distinctly personal” and the percussion have an international reputation. The orchestra has only had seven chief conductors since its founding in 1888, including the acclaimed Riccardo Chailly and Mariss Jansons. Despite being made up of 120 musicians hailing from around 25 different countries, the orchestra actually functions more like a chamber orchestra in terms of the sensitivity with which its members work together. The high calibre of the individual musicians and the great sense of mutual trust and confidence combine to create a united whole. The orchestra’s home is the Royal Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. This concert hall, designed by the architect A. L. van Gendt, is famous for its remarkable acoustics. In addition to its many concerts at the Concertgebouw, the orchestra gives numerous concerts in major concert halls around the world, thus reaching some 250,000 concertgoers every year. This will be its third visit to the Ljubljana Festival, this time under the baton of conductor Manfred Honeck.
The honorary patron of the event is His Excellency Bart Twaalfhoven, Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.