Grieg, Rautavaara and Sibelius
Edvard Grieg’s most famous work, Peer Gynt, opens a concert celebrating Nordic music. In a richly evocative score, the composer paints scenes of exotic people and places, sunrise over the desert, and even the hall of the mountain king.
Be captivated as the winner of the 2018 NSW Secondary Schools Concerto Competition, Emily Su, appears as soloist in Sibelius’ magnificent Violin Concerto, the composer’s only foray into the concerto form. The work is symphonic in scope, presenting soloist and orchestra as equals, interweaving the virtuosic solo part with the rich orchestral score of this late Romantic masterpiece.
The music of Einojuhani Rautavaara, arguably the greatest Finnish composer since Sibelius, is as eclectic as it is idiosyncratic. Apotheosis is confronting and starkly beautiful, the final movement from his sixth symphony, inspired by the life and works of Vincent Van Gogh.