Nielsen and Mozart
Between the breadth of Mahler and the purity of Sibelius is the unique world of Nielsen, articulated in six splendid symphonies. His Third, subtitled the Sinfonia espansiva, opens with a Tchaikovsky like waltz before moving to a tranquil Second movement that wordlessly melds soprano and tenor in a hymn to man and nature.
Mozart’s Fifth and final Violin Concerto is delightful in the bright key of A major, interpreted here by the young Canadian virtuoso Alexandre Da Costa. Harry Stafylakis’“dreamy yet rhythmic” (NY Times) style is one reason he was chosen WSO Composer-in-Residence. Expect a dramatic and emotional work in this world-premiere performance.