European Tour 2019 – Grafenegg – Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra

European Tour 2019 – Grafenegg – Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra


Dear guests, we welcome you
all here in Grafenegg. The Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra
is back on tour. This week they’re touring Europe.
A total of five concerts will be given… in Italy, Switzerland, and tonight
they’re in Grafenegg, Austria… the country of Bruckner and Mozart. Many familiar faces on stage, as well
as two conspicuous young newcomers. My name is Cristiana, I’m from Portugal.
I play the French horn. My name is Koen Stapert,
and I’m 28 years old. It’s my very first week playing in
the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra… as a regular orchestra member,
first violinist. I think I’m the youngest.
I’m 22 years old. Is it your first job in an orchestra?
-Yes, it is. This is my first permanent job. It’s exciting. Sometimes a bit stressing,
but I’m excited for what’s coming next. As first horn player, Cristiana follows
in the footsteps of Martin van de Merwe. Last June he said farewell
after 45 years with the orchestra. Everyone is super nice
and welcoming… and I feel very welcome here.
Everyone treats me very well… and supports me.
I think I’m very lucky for being here. She started playing the horn at four. Perhaps not the most obvious choice
for such a little girl. My brother was playing the horn as well,
so I thought I should give it a try. I had a very small horn, and it was fun. I never had the idea
of playing some other instrument. Recently she has studied in Germany, often
playing with the Berliner Philharmoniker. I love the sound and the role
we play in the big symphonies… of Mahler and Tchaikovsky.
All the big composers wrote great things. Bruckner wrote amazing things for horn. We’re at a very special outdoor venue
here in Grafenegg. It’s probably one of the few,
there are more outdoor venues… but this is one of the few in Europe
where major symphony orchestras play. So it’s a special location. Have you met many people here?
-I haven’t played much… so little by little
I’m getting to know the people. With two members, Galahad and Wim,
I played in a football team, so… Look.
It’s getting pretty crowded here. The concert is not about to start yet,
but then this happens. Breaking out the popcorn,
opening coke bottles. Welcome. Thirty minutes before the show, people
start turning up with picnic blankets… to secure the best spots. But then again I don’t think
these are regular seats. And yes, another 30 minutes later more
people have spread out their blankets… to attend a late summer concert
in the open air. Kicking off with Mozart’s
Piano Concerto No. 27… and after the interval,
Bruckner’s Fifth Symphony.

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