– Sibelius And Brahms
Richard Wagner plays with all of our emotions in the opera called Tristan and Isolde, which is about the impossible love between two people, with a little help from his own complicated love life. The opera became a cornerstone among Wagner’s pieces and has been a great influence on later composers because of its groundbreaking approach to tonality.
The seventh and last symphony by Jean Sibelius became, in a similar manner, an innovative piece where Sibelius radically renews the form of the symphony into one single movement. Even though most of the contemporary composers had written off the c-major key as trivial and worn out, Sibelius persisted, and in Vaughan Williams’ own words: “only Sibelius could make C major sound completely fresh.”
The first grand piano concert by Johannes Brahms, as interpreted by Antti Siirala, one of Finland’s young award-winning pianists, rounds off the program, which will be conducted by the advancing Finnish conductor, who actually only lives a few meters from the concert hall in Odense.