- Introduction and Allegro
- Violin Concerto
- The Bard
- Enigma Variations
- Pekka Kuusisto
- Vladimir Ashkenazy
“The Sibelius Violin Concerto is often played, but never quite like this! Kuusisto launched into the music with a straightforward intensity that had listeners leaning forward in their seats.” (Seattle Times, March 2015)
Sibelius and Elgar both derived inspiration from their immediate surroundings. Sibelius’s Violin Concerto is imbued with the craggy landscapes of his beloved Finland, while Elgar quotes a Welsh song he’d heard on holiday within his Introduction and Allegro, in which a string quartet is pitted against a string orchestra.
The Bard is the briefest and perhaps most elusive of Sibelius’s tone-poems, relying on the prominent use of a harp to suggest ancient story-telling. Elgar’s Enigma Variations is rather more specific, nothing less than a series of character sketches depicting the composer’s friends.
Concert supported by The David and Claudia Harding Foundation.