Monday, 26 September 2011

Brahms and Sibelius

After a slow start day 2 (Sunday) Classicalify went to the Southbank and Royal Festival Hall and the opening concert for Esa-Pekka Salonen and Philharmonia Orchestra.

Part one was Viktoria Mullova playing Brahms' Violin Concerto in D, Op. 77. How easy it looks and how relaxed she looks...But maybe she wasn't because once or twice she had to glimpse in her notes. Maybe some more practise Viktoria?

After the interval, Esa-Pekka was joined by the Swedish male chorus Orphei Drängar, Monica Groop and Jukka Rasilainen. And off we went to the Finnish woods and the dark story of Kullervo, who shags his own sister... Powerful music and a gruesome story in combination with that glorious OD chorus, the soloists and maestro Salonen made this a strong night.

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