Sa 04.07.2020 | 20 |Lübeck | Musik- und Kongresshalle, Konzertsaal | K 1

Eröffnungskonzert

Eröffnungskonzert

Leif Ove Andsnes, Klavier
Sarah Aristidou, Sopran
Michael Nagy, Bariton
NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester
Alan Gilbert, Dirigent

Musik- und Kongresshalle, Konzertsaal Willy-Brandt-Allee 10, Lübeck,

Carl Nielsen:
Helios-Ouvertüre op. 17
Edvard Grieg:
Klavierkonzert a-Moll op. 16
Carl Nielsen:
Sinfonie Nr. 3 op. 27 »Sinfonia espansiva«

“A mighty, inspiring call from the North,” was how one critic welcomed the German premiere of Carl Nielsen’s Symphony No. 3 in Stuttgart in 1913, which the composer himself conducted. The work bears the sobriquet “Sinfonia espansiva” – according to Nielsen’s, it is about “the broadening of horizons and the expansion of life that stems from it.” Among the work’s special highlights are wordless vocals from two human voices – soprano and baritone – in the slow second movement. Nielsen’s third symphony came to him during a tram ride in Copenhagen, and since he did not have any paper, he wrote the first notes of the work on his shirt sleeve without further ado. The first performances of “Sinfonia espansiva” symbolized Carl Nielsen’s ultimate artistic breakthrough and propelled him to the status of Denmark’s leading composer. Alan Gilbert, chief conductor of the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra and a proven expert on Carl Nielsen’s compositions, will take to the podium for the opening concerts. Gilbert was music director of the New York Philharmonic from 2009 to 2017, during which time he recorded a highly acclaimed Nielsen cycle with the renowned orchestra. One of the most famous works of Nordic music literature is undoubtedly Edvard Grieg’s Piano Concerto, which combines Norwegian folk music with the language of German late romanticism. Norwegian pianist Leif Ove Andsnes, whose 2014 recording of the concerto the New York Times named “Best Album of the Year” will be performing the sonorous solo.


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