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Nelson Freire
75th Birthday Recital

Sunday December 15 2019
20.15 h – Main Hall – Royal Concertgebouw

Available in series A and series B.  Single tickets available.


Domenico Scarlatti 3 Sonatas
Leopold Godowsky Elegy (no. 5 of ‘Renaissance, book I’)
G.F. Händel From ‘Suite no. 5 in E major, HWV 430’: The Harmonious Blacksmith
Johannes Brahms 4 Ballades, op. 10
R. Wagner / F. Liszt  Isolde’s Love Death
Edvard Grieg Lyric Pieces (selection)
Franz Liszt  Hungarian Rhapsody no. 8 in F-sharp minor

Programme subject to change

Category 1 € 65,00  – CJP/65+ € 48,50
Category 2 € 51,00  – CJP/65+ € 38,50


Nelson Freire – Finesse and pure musical aristocracy

In 2005, when no longer in his youth, the Brasilian Nelson Freire made his debut in the Meesterpianisten series. In 2007 he saved the twentieth anniversary concert, when Martha Argerich, with whom he would perform, had to cancel on the day of the concert. According to Argerich, Freire is the world’s most gifted pianist. Freire is a pianist for the connoisseurs: the aristocrat among the pianists: civilized, with a great sense of style, always subservient to his music—a real poet. His performances of the music of Brahms, Schumann, Liszt and Chopin are internationally acclaimed. NRC Handelsblad described it once in the following terms: “No note is played simply for effect, and every phrase is covered with a quiet sphere of devotion and depth. Listening to Freire, one hears in his touch something of the lethargic warmth, sultry sensuality and relativizing melancholy of such South-American authors as Marquez.”

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Upcoming concerts


Sunday October 6 2019


Sunday November 3 2019


Sunday December 1 2019

Season Tickets

season tickets available until 31-10

Series A

€ 535

12 recitals – 30% discount

Series B

€ 310

6 recitals – 20% discount

Series C

€ 310

6 recitals – 20% discount