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Last Week's Question

Question: Nielsen and Sibelius were born in the same year – which year was that?

Answer: 1865

Prize details:

CD: Sibelius/Nielsen: Violin Concertos; Two Serenades, performed by Baiba Skride, with the Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra under Santtu-Matias Rouvali. Baiba Skride is a Latvian classical violinist, winner of the Queen Elisabeth Violin Contest in 2001, and a worldwide performer, currently living in Hamburg.

Jean Sibelius’ Violin Concerto in D minor has become one of the pillars of violin repertoire, in spite of allegedly being declared ‘unplayable’ by the first violinist to attempt it. Perhaps this first criticism, and the disastrous première, galvanized Sibelius into extensively revising the work, which was re-introduced to the public with a different soloist a year later. The CD also features Sibelius’ Two Serenades for Violin and Orchestra.

Danish composer Carl Nielsen is one of the indisputably great symphonists, and is particularly well known for his extraordinary talent with harmony, development, and counterpoint. Sometimes, this musical intelligence is taken close to the edge of ridiculousness (as one musician put it ‘There goes another key signature…’), but in the majority of his output, his sculpting of keys and counterpoint gives the music powerful impetus and fascination – his violin concerto is a fine example of this sterling quality.

Sibelius/Nielsen: Violin Concertos; Two Serenades

Baiba Skride (vln), Tampere Phil/Santu-Matias Rouvali

Orfeo C 896 152 A (Ode)


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