Wednesday 22 April 14:00
Kraggerud plays Tchaikovsky
Thursday 23 April 19:30
Friday 24 April 19:30
Sir Mark Elder gave Edward Gardner his first job as assistant conductor of the Hallé Orchestra, before Gardner went on to follow in Elder’s footsteps as music director of English National Opera.
Now this great figure in European music life comes to Bergen with three big-boned orchestral masterpieces, two of which paint spectacular landscapes in sound.
Sibelius created his Fourth Symphony in the depths of despair, fighting off both debts and cancer. He headed for the bleak outpost of Mount Koli, whitened by snow and ice, which became the inspiration for this most stark, chilling and moving symphony.
Arnold Bax, one of Sibelius’s biggest British fans, was inspired by the ruined costal castle at Tintagel when writing his symphonic poem. But it was probably more the heaving beating of Bax’s love-struck heart that powered the music forward, much like the brilliance of Tchaikovsky’s spectacular Violin Concerto.