- Lyric Suite – excerpts (Norwegian March, Nocturne, March of the Dwarves)
- Violin Concerto
- Symphony No. 5
- Henning Kraggerud
- Vasily Petrenko
The Oslo Philharmonic is one of the best orchestras in Europe. Founded in 1919 the orchestra has had many renowned musical directors, including Mariss Jansons, André Previn and Jukka-Pekka Saraste. This evening the orchestra is conducted by their current Chief Conductor Vasily Petrenko.
Oslo-born violin virtuoso Henning Kraggerud performs Tchaikovsky’s popular but demanding Violin Concerto and this is followed after the interval by Shostakovich’s emotional Symphony No. 5.
‘Petrenko inspired the orchestra to go well beyond its normal megawatt virtuosity… Seldom has the trajectory to the hollow triumph of the final pages been more exactingly plotted, or more excitingly conveyed. The orchestra gave Petrenko everything he asked for, and more.’ (Chicago Tribune)
‘Kraggerud has a unique ability to make the violin sing warmly and emotionally, which carries through even the most complex passages and blossoms in the slower sections. He was, quite frankly, in total control of the instrument, and played with such force that he completed [Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto] in only his jumper!’ (Aftenposten)
‘The remarkable young Norwegian violinist Henning Kraggerud gave a fresh, stimulating performance of Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto… Kraggerud’s playing gripped the attention through its subtle blend of tenderness and virtuosity.’ (The Telegraph)