On demand: Nobel Prize Concert 2016

KonserthusetPlayRecorded at Konserthuset Stockholm: Stora Salen, Stockholm, Sweden
Online until Thursday 8 March 2018

The Nobel Prize Concert is an annual event of the highest international standard. It is arranged as part of Nobel Week and many of the world’s foremost conductors and soloists have taken the stage at Konserthuset Stockholm to pay tribute to the Nobel Prize recipients through music.

Here, celebrity Italian conductor Gianandrea Noseda begins with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra in the overture to Richard Wagner’s The Flying Dutchman. The piece is abundant with dramatic effects and magnificent melodic imagery. 

Johannes Brahms’ Violin Concerto initially encountered resistance from audiences and critics, but is now among one of the most beloved concertos. The slow movement begins with one of Brahms’ most beautiful melodies, and the finale is euphorically joyful, in an unparalleled performance here by Janine Jansen.

Beethoven was one of Brahms’ major role models. His experiences in nature inspired the Pastoral Symphony, which begins serenely and idyllically in a reflection of Beethoven’s feelings while visiting the countryside. In the second movement, “By the Brook”, the strings can clearly be heard to imitate a rippling stream. In this symphony, we also encounter the merriment of dancing, rain and thunder, and the peaceful shepherds’ song.

The Nobel Prize Concert concluded with a speech by the conductor and an encore performance of Brahms’ Hungarian Dance No. 5. 

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