75 years of Broadcast Music: celebration with Brahms, Sibelius & De Graaff


  • Jan-Peter De Graaff Les cymbales sonores
  • Jean Sibelius Third symphony
  • Johannes Brahms Schicksalslied

The broadcasting ensembles are celebrating their 75th anniversary! The Radio Philharmonic Orchestra and the Groot Omroepkoor celebrate with a new festive work by the young Dutch composer Jan-Peter de Graaff. Karina Canellakis will also conduct Brahms' Schicksalslied and Sibelius' Third Symphony.

Radio Philharmonic Orchestra and Groot Omroepkoor

In 1945, the broadcasting ensembles were established that now fall under the Stichting Omroep Muziek (Broadcasting Music Foundation). Through the ether, the top radio ensembles brought the most beautiful music to the entire country. Now in their 75th year, the Radio Philharmonic Orchestra and the Groot Omroepkoor are celebrating together. The young Dutch composer Jan-Peter de Graaff has written a festive work for choir and orchestra. Star conductor Karina Canellakis also conducts Brahms' Schicksalslied and Sibelius' Third Symphony.

Brahms and Sibelius
A poem by Hölderlin forms the basis of Brahms' Schicksalslied. The text about the happiness of the gods and the suffering of man inspired him to write a moving work for choir and orchestra. When Sibelius composed his Third Symphony, he had just escaped the busy city. In Helsinki every melody in me died away', he complained. The composer moved into a small house in the woods, near a lake. His Third became his most easy-going and balanced symphony. But in the finale he still manages to be triumphant.

Sunday, September 13, 2020
10:30 am
The Royal Concertgebouw

Large Hall


Radio Philharmonic Orchestra
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Karina Canellakis, chief conductor RFO
Karina Canellakis
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Netherlands Radio Choir
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