The flamboyant Finnish conductor Santtu-Matias Rouvali leads the Concertgebouworkest in works by his compatriots Sibelius and Salonen. Pianist Daniil Trifonov makes a solo appearance in Mosolov’s rarely heard First Piano Concerto.
From the very first notes, you’re drawn into a fantasy landscape both other-worldly and dreamlike.
Sibelius’s late symphonies are a world unto themselves. From the very first notes, you’re drawn into a fantasy landscape both other-worldly and dreamlike. Although they tell no specific story, the natural wonder of Finland with its forests, lakes, vast plains and birds flying overhead served Sibelius as an important source of inspiration.
This all-Finnish programme is in good hands with the Finnish conductor Santtu-Matias Rouvali, who made his Concertgebouworkest debut in January 2020. The young conductor will be succeeding his compatriot Esa-Pekka Salonen as principal conductor of the London Philharmonia Orchestra in the 2021–22 season. The programme also features the Dutch premiere of a work by Salonen.
Hailed by The Times as ‘without question the most astounding young pianist of our age’, Daniil Trifonov first appeared with the Concertgebouworkest in May 2018 and subsequently accompanied the orchestra on tour. He now shines in the First Piano Concerto of his compatriot Alexandr Mosolov, who became famous the world over for his wild musical portrayal of a Russian iron foundry. Plenty of sparks fly in this piano concerto, too.