Fiddlers light konzert

Fiddler’s Light On Tour

Société de Musique de Neuchâtel

Thu, 8 Feb 2024 19:30 Neuchâtel, Temple du Bas Antje Weithaas
Direction and Violin

Works by Rautavaara, Vasks und Dvořák


Einojuhani Rautavaara (1928-2016)
Pelimannit (The Fiddlers), Op.1

Pēteris Vasks (*1946)
Violin Concerto No. 2 In Evening Light (Swiss premiere)

Antonín Dvořák (1841-1904)
Serenade for Strings in E major, Op. 22

— Programme with interval—
Running time: approx. 100 minutes

About the programme

The compositions of Einojuhani Rautavaara and Pēteris Vasks take you to faraway places. The music of the Latvian Vasks gleams like a snowy winter landscape. His second violin concerto, In Evening Light, promises unexpectedly hot escapes from this wintry melancholy. As in his first violin concerto, light shines in metaphorically, as "evening light" over the twilight of man's life. Antje Weithaas and the CAMERATA BERN perform the Swiss premiere of this work.

Further north, in Finland, Einojuhani Rautavaara was born. Even before his sombre symphonies, he wrote Pelimannit (The Fiddlers), a playful fantasy that vividly depicts the village music of old Finland.

Third in the group of this "north-eastern" concert is Antonín Dvořák. His String Serenade in E major shines like warming sunlight. Dvořák looks back at us in his cloudless Serenade as a perfectly formed classic.

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