Janine Plays Sibelius
Janine Plays Sibelius Iceland Symphony
25. May Â» 19:30 Eldborg | Harpa
Kaija Saariaho Ciel dhiver (Winter Sky)
Jean Sibelius Violin Concerto
Béla Bartók Concerto for Orchestra
Dutch violin virtuoso Janine Jansen has been in the spotlight for more than a decade and now makes her first concert appearance in Iceland. Many of her CDs have been bestsellers, and she has been a featured performer at many notable events, most recently the Nobel Prize Concert in Stockholm in December 2016. The Sibelius is one of the cornerstones of the violin literature, and Jansen is sure to coax out the innumerable nuances in the work on her Stradivarius Rivaz, Baron Gutmann violin, made in 1707.
Swedens Daniel Blendulf is a multi-award-winning conductor who happens, conveniently enough, to be married to Janine Jansen. On this programme, he conducts Saariahos atmospheric Ciel dhiver, which is inspired by the Nordic winter sky. The Concerto for Orchestra was one of the last works Hungarian master Béla Bartók completed before his death from leukaemia in 1945. The work showcases all aspects of the orchestra, giving each section a chance to shine in what has become one of the most popular orchestral pieces of the 20th century.