9th Symphony Concert 2013/14 //
Conductor: José Luís Gómez
Soloist: Ulf Wallin, violin
Jean Sibelius “Tapiola” op. 112
Ferruccio Busoni Concerto in D major op. 35a for violin and orchestra
Alexander Glazunow Symphony No. 4 in E flat major op. 48
»Tapiola« of 1926 was the final composition in Sibelius’s series of symphonic poems – another masterpiece of narrative acoustic art with a musical structure bursting with imagination and enchanting instrumentation. As with previous works, »Tapiola« was inspired by the Finnish national epic »Kalevala« and specifically by the multifaceted, enigmatic figure of Tapio, the god of the forest. Sibelius’s music portrays Tapio with fairylike lightness interspersed with sombre, melancholic undertones. The music of a lonely wanderer through the endless expanses of secret, eldritch forests. A Nordic composition through and through. A self-portrait?
Ferruccio Busoni’s violin concerto is another work at the crossroads of modernity – and one of the most beautiful of its genre. Conservatives in Italy once criticised Busoni’s music for being too modern and the modernist camp deemed it too conservative. In the meantime, the perspective has changed with Hans Heinz Stuckenschmidt extolling the Tuscan-born Berliner as a »European of Goethian intellect«. Busoni’s violin concerto is a dazzling piece of music which appears youthfully carefree while ingeniously juggling references to the great composers of the past. And through it all, it mesmerises with a deep-seated sensuality stirring beneath the surface.
The music of Alexander Glazunov, who admired the Russian school as much as he did the Western-oriented Tchaikovsky, is shaped by a synthesis of differing national influences and musical languages. In Glazunov’s fourth symphony, this enriching duality can be seen in his skilful, yet individual use of traditional forms and techniques on the one hand, and in the oriental-like themes and the soloistic brilliance of the wind instruments on the other. An impressive work, full of gentle nuances and fiery eruptions – a work by a brilliant instrumentator.
Introduction: 6.45 pm in the Flügelsaal I (Weimarhalle). The introduction is given in German.
José Luís Gómez Ríos (Dirigent)
Ulf Wallin (Violine)