M. BRUCH, J. SIBELIUS


M. BRUCH, J. SIBELIUS

Coductor MANUEL HERNANDEZ SILVA

Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op.26, M. Bruch
Angelo Xiang Yu violin 
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Symphony No.5 in B-flat major, Op.82, J. Sibelius

1.20 h (w/intermission)
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Program notes Jose Antonio Canton

Given its melodic beauty and technical virtuosity, Max Bruch’s Violin Concerto in G Minor, Op.26 can be compared with the most famous works of the genre. Composed in 1866 and dedicated to the great Austrian-Hungarian violinist Joseph Joachim, it is the first, and most popular, of a series of three concertos. Its style is projected in two directions; towards the past, focusing attention on the gentleness that arises from Mendelssohn's famous concerto, and towards the future, anticipating in some way the one composed twelve years later by Johannes Brahms, for whom Bruch felt great admiration and friendship.  

After having composed his conceptually introverted and formally modernist Symphony No. 4, Opus 63, the Finnish musician Jean Sibelius planned his Symphony No. 5, Op. 82 during the years of the First World War. He wrote three different versions before finally feeling satisfied with the result. The original symphony in four movements was performed for the first time at the Helsinki Conservatory of Music on the 8th of December 1915, the day of the conservatory’s 50th anniversary, by the city’s Philharmonic orchestra with the composer as conductor.  

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