Opening concert: Camerata RCO
Court music director Johannes Brahms? Before his great time in Vienna, the Hamburg-born artist had actually been there once, namely in 1857-59, in each case for the winter months, at the Lippe princely court in Detmold. His Serenade op. 11 was also written there in 1857 – in chamber music instrumentation. Although the work has survived only in the later version for large orchestra, the Argentine composer and conductor Jorge Rotter has reconstructed the original version for nine solo instruments. The Camerata RCO, composed of members of the renowned Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, combines the charming Serenade with the Czech Suite by Brahms protégé Antonín Dvořák, also "scaled down."