The Hague Philharmonic Short Videos Collection

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The Hague Philharmonic (The Residentie Orkest) Short Videos Collection (playlist)

Het Plein - meaning just 'the square' in the c...
Het Plein - meaning just 'the square' in the center of the Hague, the Netherlands (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Since its first concert in 1904, the Residentie Orkest / The Hague Philharmonic has grown into one of the Netherlands’ major symphony orchestras. The orchestra was founded by Dr. Henri Viotta, who was also its first principal conductor. It quickly became a port of call for composers like Richard Strauss, Igor Stravinsky, Max Reger, Maurice Ravel, Paul Hindemith and Vincent d’Indy, as well as guest conductors including Arturo Toscanini, Bruno Walter, Leonard Bernstein and Hans Knappertsbusch.

After the Second World War, Willem van Otterloo became chief conductor of the Residentie Orkest from 1949 to 1973. He built up the orchestra’s exceptional reputation by combining its excellent playing with adventurous programming. After Van Otterloo, the chief conductors were (in order) Jean Martinon, Ferdinand Leitner, Hans Vonk, Evgenii Svetlanov, Jaap van Zweden and Neeme Järvi.

Conductors: Neeme Järvi and Jaap van Zweden
Artistic Director: Roland Kieft

The Peace Palace in The Hague, Netherlands, wh...
The Peace Palace in The Hague, Netherlands, which is the seat of the International Court of Justice. Français : Le Palais de la Paix, siège de la Cour internationale de Justice à La Haye (Pays-Bas). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)