Maiden in the Tower

September 23, 2015 in by mwhiteside

Event Details

Wennäkoski                      Verdigris (c.12’) SCO Commission: World Premiere
Nielsen                         Violin Concerto (34’)
Sibelius arr Hannikainen        The Maiden in the Tower:
Orchestral Suite UK Premiere (38’)
Tuomas Hannikainen – Conductor
Pekka Kuusisto – Violin

Just as Brahms and Sibelius did in their concertos, Danish composer Carl Nielsen combines genuine gravitas with luminous virtuosity to present the violin “in the best light, that is, rich in content, popular and dazzling.” These gorgeous melodies are augmented by a treasure from Sibelius’ only opera The Maiden in the Tower, from which an orchestral suite has been arranged by tonight’s conductor. To complete this programme is the world premiere performance of distinguished Finnish composer Lotta Wennäkoski’s tribute to the work of Jean Sibelius, which celebrates the 150th anniversary of his birth.