For one last time, Mariss Jansons descends down the red carpetted stairs of the Great Hall as Principal Conductor of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. After his resignation last year, this concert turnes out to be his last in this capacity. The final performance is part of the AAA Festival based on the theme “Origins – Folk Art as Inspiration”, an adventurous series exploring composers inspired by folk music. Thomas Hampson performes folksongs by Mahler, Berio, and Copland. Further on, Jansons conducts the world premiere of Martijn Padding’s Ick seg adieu (“I Say Farewell”), a commissioned work written specially for the occasion, and Bartók’s “Concerto for Orchestra”, which allows sectional leaders to have a last moment with their departing Maestro.
Jansons, who will bear the title of conductor emeritus as of now, first appeared with the Concertgebouw Orchestra in 1988, and it was instantly clear that the conductor and orchestra were an excellent fit. Since his appointment as chief conductor in 2004, the bond between them has grown ever stronger. For over ten years, the Jansons–RCO combination has garnered great acclaim both in and outside the Netherlands.
Gustav Mahler - Des Knaben Wunderhorn
Martijn Padding - Ick seg Adieu
Luciano Berio - Black is the colour
Aaron Copland - Old American Songs
Bela Bartok - Concerto for Orchestra