Sibelius - Violin Concerto in D minor

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Sibelius: Violin Concerto - Viktoria Mullova - Live concert HD

Sibelius' 'Vioolconcert' door het Radio Filharmonisch Orkest o.l.v. Dmitri Slobodeniouk en violiste Viktoria Mullova.

Het Vioolconcert van Sibelius heeft een hemels openingsthema. In dit rapsodisch opgezette stuk moet de kwetsbare viool zich staande zien te houden tegen een vaak overweldigend orkest. Vandaar dat het wel eens een symfonie met viool is genoemd. Het intens zangerige Adagio en het afsluitende virtuoos dansante Allegro (ma non tanto) geven het juiste tegenwicht tegen het kernachtige en dramatische eerste deel.

Opgenomen/recorded: AVROTROS Vrijdagconcert, 22 april 2016 in TivoliVredenburg te Utrecht.

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The Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 47, was written by Jean Sibelius in 1904, revised in 1905. It is his only concerto. It is symphonic in scope, with the solo violin and all sections of the orchestra being equal voices. An extended cadenza for the soloist takes on the role of the development section in the first movement.

This is the only concerto that Sibelius wrote, though he composed several other smaller-scale pieces for solo instrument and orchestra, including the six Humoresques for violin and orchestra.

One noteworthy feature of the work is the way in which an extended cadenza for the soloist takes on the role of the development section in the sonata form first movement. Donald Tovey described the final movement as a "polonaise for polar bears". However, he was not intending to be derogatory, as he went on: "In the easier and looser concerto forms invented by Mendelssohn and Schumann I have not met a more original, a more masterly, and a more exhilarating work than the Sibelius violin concerto".

Much of the violin writing is purely virtuosic, but even the most showy passages alternate with the melodic. This concerto is generally symphonic in scope, departing completely from the often lighter, "rhythmic" accompaniments of many other concertos. The solo violin and all sections of the orchestra have equal voice in the piece.

Although the work has been described as having "broad and depressing" melodies, several brighter moments appear against what is essentially a dark melodic backdrop.

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