Brantelid and Kluxen

The Final Masterpieces

We are looking forward to welcoming back, star cellist Andreas Brantelid. This time he will play Prokofiev’s Sinfonia Concertante, together with chief conductor Christian Kluxen and the symphony orchestra. We will also hear Lili Boulanger’s and Béla Bartók’s last masterpieces.

Dates and tickets

Lili Boulanger died in 1918, at the age of only 24.  D’un Soir Triste was her farewell to the world and her sister, the well-known composer and teacher Nadia Boulanger. When the work was published a lot of the music was not easy to read because she had been very ill when she composed it.

In 1912 Lili Boulanger participated in the competition Prix de Rome, but she collapsed during her own performance. A year later she came back and won the 1st prize as the first woman ever.

If Lili Boulanger had lived a longer life, she would have been one of the greatest French composers, says Alex Taylor from the Oslo Philharmonic. She could have become a composer like Debussy and Ravel.


Star Cellist Andreas Brantelid

Andreas Brantelid has become a dear friend of the orchestra, and we are looking forward to welcoming him back.

Prokofiev’s Sinfonia Concertante has in common with Lilli Boulanger’s D’un Soir Triste, that it was composed just before the composer’s death. Prokofiev never got to hear the final version of the work performed.

Prokofiev had started working on a cello concerto in 1933 and 1934, but it was not received well. It was too difficult. Later the cellist Rostropovich worked on the composition together with Prokofiev, and in 1952 it ended up as the Sinfonia Concertante.

The Sinfonia Concertante shows the full range of the cello, and Andreas Brantelid will show us all his techniques.


Orchestral Folk Music

Béla Bartók is one of the greatest composers of 20th century. He collected folk music from Hungary and several other countries. This folk music inspired him in his compositions as well as composers like Debussy, Stravinsky and Richard Strauss.

Bartók was Anti-Nazi and he refused to do concerts in Germany during the Second World War. Because of this and that he was against Hungary’s alliance with the Germans, he had to escape to the USA, where he never really felt at home. He got ill, but before he died, he composed one of his greatest works, the Concerto for Orchestra, which we will hear in this concert. Just like Prokofiev and Boulanger, Bartók never got to hear the work performed in its final version before he died.


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