About Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra

Customer notice:

Unfortunately, due to UK covid quarantine rules for citizens from China, the China Symphony Orchestra of Shenzhen are no longer able to perform at Symphony Hall. However, we are delighted that the Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra, Jan Latham-Koenig and Tamsin Waley-Cohen have accepted an invitation for this date and will perform the repertoire originally planned for this performance,.

Tickets for the performance remain valid, but if customers would no longer like to attend due to the change of artists, refunds will be available from point of purchase.

“A symphony must be like the world, it must embrace everything” Mahler told Sibelius, and his First Symphony does just that. It was an intensely personal journey for the composer and is both programmatic and autobiographical. Mahler’s larger-than-life orchestral sound world evokes nature, mimics bird calls and portrays merry folk dances. In the slow movement, the double basses give the familiar tune of Frère Jacques a dark and funereal twist before the symphony ends in the blazing sunlight of a massed brass fanfare.

The Violin Concerto caused Sibelius something of a headache and he returned to revise it several times before settling on the version we hear today. From its shimmering opening to the raw energy of the finale, it’s full of Nordic individuality and will shine in the hands of the superb violinist Tamsin Waley-Cohen whose playing has been described as “full of passion and musical imagination” (BBC Music magazine).

In contrast, the concert’s opener is a passionate, richly Romantic overture by Dora Pejačević, a pioneering figure amongst Croatian composers.

Tamsin Waley-Cohen has long been a popular visitor to Birmingham. Nominated by B:Music as a European Concert Hall Organisation Rising Star, she gave her Town Hall debut recital in 2016 as part of the ECHO tour and returned in 2019 with her own Albion Quartet.

For the Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra, this is a first visit to Symphony Hall. It has been making music for 150 years under some very distinguished names. A true cultural ambassador for the country, the orchestra has toured in Russia, the Far East and the US and makes a point of commissioning, performing and recording works by Croatian composers.

They’re conducted this evening by Jan Latham-Koenig, founding Artistic Director of the Britten-Shostakovich Festival Orchestra.

Ray Chen SIBELIUS Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 47

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