Vladimir Ashkenazy conductor
Alina Pogostkina violin
Sibelius was initially obsessed with the idea of becoming a world-class violinist and even got as far as an audition with the Vienna Philharmonic. Had he succeeded, some of greatest orchestral music of the 20th century may never have been written. The most immediate outcome was the glorious Violin Concerto, composed for the virtuoso which Sibelius never became. His Fifth Symphony, which was completed in time for the composer's fiftieth birthday celebrations, memorably climaxes in the finale's indelible horn calls which has been likened to Thor smashing down his hammer.
This concert is part of the Ashkenazy Sibelius Series