Program Booklet

Brahms 4

friday, may 12
20:00 hours



Residentie Orkest The Hague
The Residentie Orkest offers a top quality musical experience with an adventurous profile and dynamic momentum. The orchestra is always looking for the relevance of music in a contemporary, young and fresh way.
Anja Bihlmeier
Chief conductor
Anja Bihlmaier is chief conductor of the Residentie Orkest and regular guest conductor Lahti Symphony Orchestra.
Yeol Eum Son
Is this season's artist in residence of Residentie Orkest, Royal Conservatoire The Hague and Amare.

Fun fact

Johannes Brahms

(Hamburg, May 17, 1833 - Vienna, April 3, 1897)

The Hague was introduced to Brahms' Fourth Symphony as early as the premiere year of 1885. Only a few weeks after the first performance in Meiningen, Germany, Brahms conducted the Meininger Hofkapel at the Gebouw voor Kunsten & Wetenschappen in The Hague. According to one reviewer, the composer received "warm applause. The Residentie Orkest has been playing the symphony since 1914 under various chief conductors as well as such familiar names as Leonard Bernstein, Antal Dorati, Karl Böhm and Bernard Haitink.

The Mozart couple had six children, only two of whom would reach adulthood. In late 1786, during the time Wolfgang was working on his Piano Concerto No. 25, Johann Thomas Leopold died after only a month. Poor nutrition, ditto hygiene and the questionable quality of the medical establishment were to blame for the high infant mortality rate in general.

Today in the orchestra

Ben Legebeke

2nd violin
We really are a fantastic orchestra, with a sound of our own, especially in the strings. You can go incredibly far with it as a conductor.

Ron Schaper

After a year of concert band, I joined the North Holland Accompaniment Orchestra and the North Holland Youth Orchestra. Right away Brahms' Fourth and Mahler's Kindertotenlieder, wonderful!

Jacomine Punt

Someone who always writes very fine lines for the viola is Johannes Brahms. Both in his chamber music and in his symphonic works. He lets us play colors but also melodic lines.

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