Andres Kaljuste, Conductor
Maria Włoszczowska, Violin
Rautavaara – Pelimannit “The Fiddlers”
Sibelius – Violin Concerto
Sibelius – Symphony No 3
Estonian conductor Andres Kaljuste brings an intriguing all-Finnish programme for his first appearance with BHCO. Kaljuste, who is also an accomplished violinist and violist, completed his postgraduate studies in orchestral conducting at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki in 2017 and has worked with many of the leading Nordic orchestras.
This violin-themed programme of Baltic connections showcases the versatile talents of Polish violinist Maria Wloszczowska. First Prize-winner at the 2018 Leipzig International JS Bach Competition as well as a prize-winner in the XV International Henryk Wieniawski Violin Competition, she features tonight in the virtuosic romanticism of Sibelius’ violin concerto.
Sibelius’ Symphony No 3, written just a couple of years after the violin concerto, eschews much grandiloquence of romantic expression in favour of a new-found emphasis on concise form and light, joyous, expressive clarity.
When Rautavaara, then a young student at the Sibelius Academy, visited the Ostrobothnian region of Finland in 1952, he found its folk music Òreckless and impetuous, certainly archaic and primevalÓ, which inspired this colourful collection of short character pieces for string orchestra: The Fiddlers.
Have a listen to the Brandon Hill Chamber Orchestra performing at St George’s Bristol in 2014.
Why not pre-order a sharing platter or soup to enjoy ahead of the concert?
Bookable here or via the link above with your tickets, up to 48 hours ahead of the event.
With soup, bar snacks and ice cream available to order on the night.