Sibelius´ Violin Concerto

Concert 12.9

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Sibelius Violin Concerto

The rising Finnish star Santtu Rouvali leads NorrlandsOperan´s Symphony Orchestra in a programme with Finnish melancoly, omnious fanfares and sweet birdsongs. The soloist in Sibelius´s langurorous violin concerto is Valeriy Sokolov.

Young conductor Santtu Rouvali is like a breath of fresh air on the Finnish music scene. As the newly-appointed chief conductor of Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra, Rouvali's dream is to create a trendy, accessible orchestra. This season, Rouvali will visit NorrlandsOperan for the first time ever.

As it happens, we have also taken two of the evening's compositions from our neighbouring Finland. Jean Sibelius' (1865–1957) Violin Concertois one of the world's best loved violin concertos. Its music is dramatic, languorously beautiful and full of the sombre Finnish melancholy so typical of Sibelius. The soloist for this masterpiece will be Ukrainian artist Valeriy Sokolov.

And there is more drama to come in Tchaikovsky's Fourth Symphony. Despite the fact that Russia's Pyotr Tchaikovsky (1840–1893) was a very popular composer, he lived his entire life feeling like he didn't fit in. In fact, he was in the throes of a major life crisis when he wrote Symphony No. 4. He had just married a female student who had threatened to take her own life if he didn't marry her. But after only a week together, Tchaikovsky gave up and made a failed attempt to drown himself in a river. He marshalled all of his anxiety and despair in this emotional symphony.

The concert begins with composer Einojuhani Rautavaara's (b. 1928) often performed Cantus Arcticus (Concerto for Birds & Orchestra). The music of the piece is interwoven with birdsong that Rautavaara recorded close to the Arctic Circle and on the marshlands of northern Finland.

Rautavaara: Cantus Arcticus
Sibelius: Violin Concertois
Tjajkovskij: Symfoni no 4

Conductor: Santtu Rouvali
Soloist: Valeriy Sokolov (violin)