Vladimir Ashkenazy conductor
Vadim Repin violin
Sibelius was initially determined to become a world-class violinist and even got as far as an audition with the Vienna Philharmonic. Had he succeeded, some of the finest orchestral music of the 20th century might never have been written. The most immediate outcome was the glorious Violin Concerto, composed for the virtuoso which Sibelius never became.
His Fifth Symphony, completed just in time for his fiftieth birthday celebrations and climaxing in the finale’s indelible horn calls, was likened by one musicologist to Thor smashing down his hammer.
This concert is part of the Ashkenazy Sibelius Series