Vasily Petrenko
Denis Kozhukhin
Øyvind Torvund
George Gershwin
Sergei Prokofiev

Visions and retrospectives

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Visions and retrospectives

Welcome to the release concert where you will hear Øyvind Torvund's Two Symphonic Poems – which can be found on his recording 'A Walk Into the Future' releasing on 29 February. We invite you to the album launch with a talk about the recording, tonight's repertoire, and a video about the journey to the completed album before the concert at 6:15 PM.

Øyvind Torvund (b. 1976) wrote Two symphonic poems for the Oslo Philharmonic, which premiered them with Vasily Petrenko in 2019. The first poem is called Morning in the forest− a scene where the forest wakes up to idyllic birdsong but is gradually taken over by traffic and noise. Torvund wants to create an organic soundscape in the music without using authentic sounds from nature. The second piece, A Trip into the Future, begins with a march and a whistled melody that illustrates that someone is going on a trip. On the way, the walkers meet robots and many more unknowns.

George Gershwin (1898–1937) wrote his first significant hit Swanee in 1919. He wrote Broadway musicals for the next few years while studying classical music theory and orchestration. In 1922 he wrote Blue Monday, a kind of jazz opera that combined elements from jazz and classical music. The following year, Gershwin was asked by famous bandleader Paul Whiteman if he could write a piece for piano and jazz orchestra. In February 1924, George Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue was played for the very first time in his hometown of New York and was a huge success.

Sergei Prokofiev (1891–1953) left his native Russia during the revolution in 1917. After almost 20 years in the West, he returned as a famous composer. During the Second World War, he experienced great success, but after the war, Stalin sharpened his hard line towards artists, and Prokofiev lived his last years in fear, in poor health and poor. Symphony No. 7 from 1952 is reminiscent of Prokofiev's ballets Cinderella and Romeo and Juliet and has been interpreted as a nostalgic look back at the composer's childhood.

What is played

  • Øyvind Torvund Symphonic Poems
  • George Gershwin Rhapsody in Blue
  • Sergei Prokofiev Symphony No. 7

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Pre-concert talk

We invite you to album launch with a talk about the recording, tonight's repertoire, and a video about the journey to the completed album before the concert at 6:15 PM, with Vasily Petrenko at Glasshuset (in the concert hall).

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Adult 175 - 580 NOK
Senior 175 - 465 NOK
Student 175 - 290 NOK
Child 150 NOK

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Vasily Petrenko
Denis Kozhukhin
Øyvind Torvund
George Gershwin
Sergei Prokofiev

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