April 23, 2015 in by mwhiteside

Event Details

SIBELIUS                   Three Pieces from Kuolema (17’)

MARTINSSON           Garden of Devotion (c. 18’) UK Premiere

(co-commission with Kammarorkester Musica Vitae, Sweden)

HAYDN                       Scena di Berenice (12’)

Symphony No 86 in D (26’)


OLARI ELTS – Conductor



The sensational Swedish soprano Lisa Larsson is at the heart of this programme. Haydn’s operatic Scena di Berenice offers her a dramatic and virtuoso showpiece. Her voice has been called ‘silvery’, ‘seductively beautiful’ and her interpretations ‘full of life and emotion’.


She has inspired Rolf Martinsson to create a new song cycle for her, based on a selection of poems called The Gardener by the Bengali polymath Rabindranath Tagore – if earlier performances of his works by Lisa Larsson are anything to go by, this will be superb. Haydn’s joyous and grand symphony closes the evening, which opens with what may be Sibelius’ most famous piece and his greatest regret: Valse Triste. His regret was that he sold his copyright for a few pennies, then had to stand by as it became a worldwide hit.


Edinburgh & Glasgow

Pre-Concert Talk: 6.30pm

Free to ticket holders

In conversation with Rolf Martinsson.