This emotional concert treats us to languorous strings, a film
music-inspired violin concerto and Brahm´s delightful second
symphony. The soloist will be virtuoso Matthew Trusler.
Matthew Trusler is an exciting young musician who also plays jazz and has started his own record label. And he is passionate about film. So it's not surprising that he has taken a liking to Korngold - one of history's first major film music composers. Trusler was awarded five stars by BBC Music Magazine for his recording of Korngold's violin concerto, which he will perform here together with NorrlandsOperan Symphony Orchestra.
Even at a young age, Erich Wolfgang Korngold (1897-1957) was a highly respected composer in his native Austria. He migrated to the US in the 1930s where he became a popular film music composer. Among other films, Korngold composed music for Captain Blood (1935), Robin Hood (1938) and Sea Hawk (1940) and was awarded two Oscars. But after 15 years - hurt by the claim that he had sold his soul to Hollywood - he grew tired of writing film music and instead began composing for concert hall audiences again. He began with this violin concerto, for which he drew part of the inspiration from his film music. The concert received a standing ovation at its première and Korngold had his revenge on his critics.
The concert will begin with music by Edward Elgar (1857-1934). The poetic, subdued piece Serenade for Strings consists of three short movements and is one of his most personal works. Elgar is otherwise best known for Pomp and Circumstance, which can be heard during the Last Night of the Proms and as sung by enthusiastic football fans.
And so more Brahms, of course. As distinct from his first symphony, Brahms' second was completed over just one summer. It is traditional in its form, but feels more spontaneous. This is music that is easy to relate to; full of elation and warm feelings.
Conductor: Rumon Gamba
Soloist: Matthew Trusler, violin
NorrlandsOperan Symphony Orchestra
Elgar: Serenade for strings
Korngold: Violin concerto
Brahms: Symphony No. 2
Informal debriefing in the Concert hall with Rumon Gamba and a musical surprise.