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Koninklijk Concertgebouworkest

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The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra (Koninklijk Concertgebouworkest) is a symphony orchestra of the Netherlands, based in Amsterdam. The orchestra is named for its resident venue, the Concertgebouw (concert hall) in Amsterdam. In 1988, Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands conferred the “Royal” title upon the orchestra.

Another factor in creating the orchestra’s distinct character is that the Concertgebouw Orchestra has had only six chief conductors, setting it apart from orchestras of similar age and caliber. With what has been described as its ‘velvet’ strings, the ‘golden’ brass sound and the exceptional timbre of the woodwinds, sometimes described as ‘typically Dutch’, the Concertgebouw Orchestra has won itself a place amongst the small, select group of top world orchestras.[8] The nearly one thousand recordings that the orchestra has to its credit have also contributed to this reputation. The orchestra also serves as one of the opera orchestras for productions at De Nederlandse Opera.

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