Few violinists have such strong links with the Violin Concerto by Jean Sibelius as Viktoria Mullova. The Russian soloist, one of the most brilliant performers of her generation, joins the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra once again to play one of the most sublime pieces for her instrument.
The concert will also include Symphony No. 1 in G minor “Winter Daydreams” by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky and will be conducted by Dima Slobodeniouk, one of today’s leading specialists in Finnish music.
Jean Sibelius devised a vast symphonic canvas in his only concerto for solo artist and orchestra. Firmly established as an essential piece in the violin repertoire, the Violin Concerto, Op. 47 is a journey that takes human expression to unfathomable depths. The precision of his writing, his perfect knowledge of the instrument and his close involvement with the orchestra contribute to a work produced at the peak of his creative powers.
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky undertook three complete revisions of his first symphony during his lifetime. The name Winter Dreams was given to the work by the composer himself, as were the evocative, programmatic subtitles in the first and second movements (“Dreams of a Winter Journey” and “Land of Desolation, Land of Mists”, respectively). It was excluded from the orchestral repertoire for many years, despite its undeniable merit. The symphony is a masterly combination of German symphonic technique (seen in the thematic links between the four movements) and music with a distinct Russian stamp.
Audiences can spend an unforgettable evening enjoying this music, played by true specialists in the repertoire, in Hall 1 Pau Casals on Friday 23 April and Saturday 24 April at 7 pm.
Sant Jordi special offer
Starting tomorrow and for 72 hours only, L’Auditori de Barcelona will celebrate Sant Jordi by offering 1,000 tickets to see the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra for only 25 euros each.
Those who buy tickets as part of this special offer can choose any of the last six programmes in the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra season, including the Mullova and Slobodeniouk event. This is an opportunity to attend concerts featuring such outstanding soloists as violinist Daniel Hope, sisters Kristine and Margarita Balanas, the oboist Ramón Ortega Quero and the voices of mezzosoprano Nancy Fabiola Herrera and contralto Anna Larsson.
The programmes also include three conductors who are revolutionising the international scene and who will be appearing with the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra for the first time: Ruth Reinhardt, Anja Bihlmaier and Shi-Yeon Sung. Vasily Petrenko and Kazushi Ono will also be conducting.
Aleix Palau | 22 April 2021
Violinist Viktoria Mullova plays the Sibelius Violin Concerto with the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra
Dima Slobodeniouk, a specialist in the Finnish and Russian repertoire, will conduct this concert, which will also include Tchaikovsky’s First Symphony.
23 and 24 April in Hall 1, Pau Casals.