Minnesota Orchestra, 23 août 2016 20:00, Usher Hall
Osmo Vänskä conducts Sibelius and Beethoven
Beethoven’s Fifth, one of the most powerful symphonies – and probably the best-loved – in all classical music, forms the climax of the Minnesota Orchestra’s concert under respected Music Director Osmo Vänskä. Orchestra and conductor bring their dazzling sonic exuberance back to the EIF following their acclaimed performance in Festival 2010.
Vänskä has long been admired in particular for his compelling accounts of Beethoven and Scandinavian music, with a captivating intensity in the rich, evocative works of Sibelius, two of which form the concert’s first half.
Finnish violinist Pekka Kuusisto is one of today’s most distinctive musicians, with a characteristic folk rawness to his playing. He brings an authentic Nordic ruggedness to his compatriot Sibelius’s virtuosic Violin Concerto, by turns melancholy and vibrantly melodic.
Vänskä opens his concert with Sibelius’s magical, folk-inspired tone poem Pohjola’s Daughter.