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Gardner and Mullova

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Grieg Hall (Grieghallen)Edvard Griegs plass 1, Bergen, Hordaland, 5015, Norway
April 12, 13 at 19:30

18.45: Pre-concert talk by Gunnar Danbolt

Exiled in the USA at the end of his career, Rachmaninov wrote a series of works drenched in nostalgia and melancholy. The Symphonic Dances was one. But the piece brims over with panache and colour too. It was conceived as vehicle for Eugene Ormandy’s virtuosic Philadelphia Orchestra and exploited orchestral volume and brilliance with an excitement only Rachmaninov could muster.  

In contrast, Rachmaninov’s compatriot Prokofiev was slimming his musical language down in the 1930s. But his Second Violin Concerto from 1935 is no less heartfelt. The work combines long-breathed melodies and moments of haunting stillness and thought. Russian violinist Viktoria Mullova plays the concerto here in a concert from Edward Gardner that begins with Janacek’s fiery depiction of the heroic Cossack Taras Bulba.

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