March 16.

The Opera Orchestra: Sibelius with Barenboim

Sibelius’s violin concerto with Michael Barenboim


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Jean Sibelius’s violin concerto from 1904 is a perfect combination of virtuosity and masterly symphonic handiwork, characterised by the dark and distinctive orchestral sound which is a recurring element of Sibelius’s symphonies. The concert requires a master, and for this production, the violinist Michael Barenboim takes the challenge. He is known as one of the most talented violinists of his generation, and has already played with orchestras like the Vienna Philharmonic, the Mahler Chamber Orchestra under Pierre Boulez and the Munich Philharmonic under Lorin Maazel.

Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Symphony No. 2 became an instant success when the composer conducted the original performance himself in 1908. But the reception of his first symphony 11 years earlier nearly crushed the talented composer. “The most painful hour of my life,” he is said to have called the event, which resulted in three years of chronic depression and required psychotherapy and hypnosis before he was finally ready to take on a new, great work: Piano Concerto No. 2. It still took a few more years before the word “symphony” no longer made him tremble. At last, Symphony No. 2 was created, full of the composer’s familiar phrases and Russian melancholy.

The performance is conducted by Domingo Hindoyan from Venezuela. Hindoyan was born in 1980, and has conducted orchestras like the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, the Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg and Philharmonia Orchestra, to mention a few.
Free introduction a half hour before the performance

Featuring the Norwegian National Opera Orchestra, Michael Barenboim/violin, Domingo Hindoyan/conductor

Jean Sibelius:
Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 47
Sergei Rachmaninoff:
Symphony No. 2 in E minor

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March 2018

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