Performance Wednesday, February 11, 2015 | 8 PM

Danish National Symphony Orchestra

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Sibelius’s Violin Concerto bustles with a restless energy, opening with a hair-raising cadenza that’s a virtuosic high-wire act for the soloist. “Music is life, and like it, inextinguishable,” Nielsen wrote on the score of his “Inextinguishable” Symphony. It’s an intense orchestral journey from despair to victory, featuring a dramatic duel between two sets of timpani in the final section before the triumphant finale.


  • Danish National Symphony Orchestra
    Cristian Macelaru, Conductor
  • Anne-Sophie Mutter, Violin


  • SIBELIUS Valse triste
  • SIBELIUS Violin Concerto
  • NIELSEN Symphony No. 4, "The Inextinguishable"


Sibelius's Violin Concerto (Allegro moderato)
Anne-Sophie Mutter, Violin | Staatskapelle Dresden | André Previn, Conductor;
Deutsche Grammophon

At a Glance

This concert presents masterpieces from the early 20th century by two composers who worked within the classical symphonic system but expanded it in novel ways. Until recently, neither Sibelius nor Nielsen was regarded as particularly forward-looking. (Indeed, Sibelius was regarded by progressives in his time as reactionary.) Both are now championed as highly original artists who influenced later generations. Sibelius’s elegant melancholy, fluid structures, and dark grandeur are on full display in the brief but haunting Valse triste and the virtuosic Violin Concerto. Written in the shadow of World War I, Nielsen’s epic Fourth Symphony, aptly named “The Inextinguishable,” is a turbulent but ultimately triumphant assertion of music as a life force. In Nielsen’s words, “Music is life, and like life is inextinguishable.”


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