Pianist Yuja Wang by a piano

Yuja Wang © Julia Wesely

Yuja Wang and Klaus Mäkelä

  1. Divertimento
  2. Piano Concerto No. 1
  3. This Too
  4. Two new works
  5. Lemminkäinen Suite
  1. Klaus Mäkelä conductor
  2. Yuja Wang piano

Experience the Oslo Philharmonic and our Chief Conductor Klaus Mäkelä in concert with one of classical music’s brightest stars, Chinese pianist Yuja Wang. On the programme we have music by Franz Liszt, Béla Bartók and Jean Sibelius, as well as two brand new works by Mette Henriette.

Franz Liszt (1811-1886) was the greatest virtuoso pianist of his time, as well as an innovative composer who was able to produce dazzling improvisations at the keyboard. Still, it took him around twenty-five years to complete his first piano concerto, which saw its world premiere in 1855. The concerto opens with a striking principal theme, which constantly reappears in new forms throughout the work.

Liszt’s Hungarian countryman Béla Bartók (1811-1945) was a great admirer of Liszt’s first piano concerto. He wrote his Divertimento for Strings during a two-week holiday in Switzerland in the summer of 1939, shortly before he emigrated to the United States. Here, he draws on both the folk music of his homeland and on musical styles from the 18th century.

Mette Henriette (b. 1990) is a Norwegian-Sámi composer and saxophonist currently recording with ECM Records. She has also distinguished herself within performance art, having collaborated with Marina Abramović. In the autumn of 2020, the Oslo Philharmonic and Klaus Mäkelä performed her orchestra work This Too as part of a televised broadcast of their summer concert. Two newly-composed works are featured as part of this programme.

Jean Sibelius was an eager student of Liszt’s symphonic poems in the 1890s. Among the fruits of this inspiration was Lemminkäinen Suite, a symphonic poem in four parts which was performed for the first time in 1896. The work is based on stories about Lemminkäinen, one of the heroes in the Finnish national epic poem Kalevala. The best-known movement is The Swan of Tuonela, which is often performed as an independent work.

(Translation from Norwegian: Sarah Osa)

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  • Student: 150 - 270 NOK
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