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Wagner Siegfried Idyll
Brahms Symphony No. 3 in F major
Sibelius Violin Concerto in D minor

Compelling and uncanny, Jean Sibelius’ Violin Concerto is a Nordic soundscape of dark brilliance, colliding unrepentant virtuosity with complex structural developments. Sibelius’ only concerto reflects his love of traditional folk melodies, with its final movement memorably described as a ‘polonaise for polar bears’.

We welcome back the astonishing musical tour de force that is the violin virtuoso Janine Jansen to perform this masterpiece. Jansen approaches even the most challenging repertoire with a blazing confidence and genuine passion that makes each performance an unparalleled triumph.

Maestro Edo de Waart opens this concert with Johannes Brahms’ warm and exquisitely subtle Symphony No. 3 in F major. Inspired by the motto, ‘Free but Joyful’, the Symphony No. 3 is filled with exquisite musical material that is constantly transformed and integrated across all four movements. Just as joyful is Richard Wagner’s birthday present for his beloved wife Cosima, the irrepressibly sentimental symphonic poem, Siegfried Idyll.

Approximate running time of this concert is 1 hour and 50 minutes including an interval.