James MacMillan Larghetto
Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto
Nielsen Symphony No. 1
Conductor: Andres Kaljuste
Soloist: Hans Christian Aavik
An evening of sound spectrums – from the celestial world of MacMillan, through the sparkle of Tchaikovsky to the energy of Nielsen.
Hans Christian Aavik won the 2022 Carl Nielsen Violin Competition. He joins fellow Estonian, Andres Kaljuste, in a programme which combines Tchaikovsky’s virtuosic violin concerto with Nielsen’s innovative 1st Symphony. Nielsen was a violinist and played in the 2nd violins in the first performance of his symphony in 1894!
James MacMillan’s Larghetto, which opens the concert, is based on his a cappella choral work Miserere. Using the full range of orchestral colours MacMillan creates a characteristically ethereal world which still somehow retains the overtones of a choir.
Andres is described by maestro Paavo Järvi as “blessed with trademark instinctive musicianship, a sensitive approach to sound and an ability to form an easy and natural bond with orchestral musicians”. See him in action with BHCO and Maria Włoszczowska .