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Weinberg & Dvorák

The exciting trumpet concerto by Weinberg and a key symphony by Dvorák. Håkan Hardenberger is the soloist and Andris Nelsons conducts the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra.

World artists Håkan Hardenberger and Andris Nelsons probably need no futher introduction. Hardenberger is a guest at Konserthuset on a regular basis, and is  considered one of the formest trumpet players in classical music. Furthermore, he has expanded the repertoire through countless commissions and premieres. Latvian conductor Andris Nelsons is the chief conductor of both Boston Symphony Orchestra and Leipzig Gewandhausorchester. The last time he conducted the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra was in 2014 at the Nobel Prize Concert, also then with his friend Hardenberger as the trumpet soloist. 

Mieczyslaw Weinberg’s (1919–96) music has only after the passing of the composer been discovered properly in the western world. And there's an enormous amount of music by this productive composer, for instance 26 symphonies and 17 string quartets. The solo concertos aren’t that many, but the trumpet concerto of 1967 is arguably one of his most substantial pieces in this genre. It is one of Weinberg’s most varied works from this period, with expressions ranging from the modernist to the sardonic. His friend and colleague Dmitri Shostakovich named this rich three movement piece a ”symphony for trumpet and orchestra”. Hardenberger and Nelsons recently issued a dvd recording (Accentus/Naxos) of Weinberg’s Trumpet Concerto with the Leipzig Gewandhausorchester.

When Dvorák had his international breakthrough with the Symphony No 6, he was already an experienced symphonist. In the five earlier symphonies he  developed his craft by borrowing from other masters, arriving at a personal mix of influences. Undoubtedly, traits of Brahms as well as Schubert and Beethoven are to be recognized in the sixth as well, but also elements that are Dvorák’s own. For instance in the third movement, which evokes a furiant; a swirling Bohemian folk dance. The Symphony No 6 is hence something of a key work, where Dvorák further developed the unique style that is later present the symphonies nos 7–9.  

  • The music

  • Mieczyslaw Weinberg Trumpet Concerto
  • Intermission: a conversation with Andris Nelsons and Håkan Hardenberger
  • Antonín Dvorák Symphony No. 6
  • Participants

  • Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Andris Nelsons conductor
  • Håkan Hardenberger trumpet
  • From a livestream 15 April 2021.
  • The video is approximately one hour and 20 minutes.
  • The concert can be seen until 19 May 2021.

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