Lyricism Between the breadth of Mahler and the purity of Sibelius is the unique world of Nielsen, articulated in six splendid symphonies. His Third, subtitled the Sinfonia espansiva, opens with a Tchaikovsky like waltz before moving to a tranquil Second movement that wordlessly melds soprano and tenor in a hymn to man and nature.
Mozart’s Fifth and final Violin Concerto is delightful in the bright key of A major, interpreted here by the young Canadian virtuoso Alexandre Da Costa. Harry Stafylakis’“dreamy yet rhythmic” (NY Times) style is one reason he was chosen WSO Composer-in-Residence. Expect a dramatic and emotional work in this world-premiere performance.
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