Edo de Waart Conductor
Jennifer Koh Violin
Esa-Pekka Salonen Violin Concerto
Schubert Symphony No. 9 In C major, D. 944 The Great
The NZSO Music Director Edo de Waart conducts this exciting concert which features a contemporary violin concerto and Schubert’s magnificent Symphony, The Great.
Finnish composer Esa-Pekka Salonen’s Violin Concerto has four contrasting movements. “When I had written the very last chord of the piece,” explains the composer, “I felt confused: why does the last chord – and only that – sound completely different from all other harmony of the piece? … Now I believe I have the answer. That chord is a beginning of something new.” American violinist Jennifer Koh has premiered more than 70 works specially written for her. She has also been a top prize winner at Moscow’s International Tchaikovsky Competition.
Schubert’s Symphony No. 9 The Great was originally numbered the 7th, causing considerable confusion. It is the composer’s last completed symphony and he never heard it performed. It’s first public performance was 11 years after Schubert’s death. As one would expect with Schubert, who wrote over 600 songs, it is full of beautiful melodies. However, it is also an ambitious and profound work, with complex thematic development, showing the influence of Beethoven – Schubert’s hero.