The concert hall turns 10 this year. To celebrate, we have invited violin virtuoso Henning Kraggerud, young composer Andrea Tarrodi and Sibelius' popular second symphony to the party.
Norwegian violinist Henning Kraggerud has been praised for his virtuosity and unique sound. Together with Johannes Gustavsson and the symphony orchestra, Kraggerud takes on Johannes Brahms' (1833-1897) beloved but very demanding violin concerto.
Today, the concerto is one of Brahms' most popular works. But it was not always so. At its première, neither the public nor the critics knew what to think of it; violin concertos didn't usually sound like this. At that time, soloists often completely dominated concerts, while the orchestra was reduced to the level of accompaniment. In Brahms' violin concerto, the soloist and orchestra perform on equal terms and its form is perhaps more like that of a symphony.
Swedish composer Andrea Tarrodi (b. 1981) combines innovation with tradition and uses notes to create her own musical worlds, in which melodies flow back and forth. Tarrodi recently won the 2010 Uppsala Composition Competition with a piece entitled Zephyros, inspired by Dan Andersson's poem Sång till västanvinden. Zephyrus is the god of the west wind in Greek mythology.
And while we're in the Mediterranean, let's stay a while... It was during a trip to Italy that Sibelius found inspiration for his enchanting second symphony. Its folklore elements, together with subdued strings and the dark instrumentation in the wind section, give the symphony a unique quality.
Conductor: Johannes Gustavsson
Soloist: Henning Kraggerud, violin
Andrea Tarrodi: Zephyros
Sibelius: Symfoni No. 2