Fabio Luisi & DNSO
Wednesdays in July
Italian conductor Fabio Luisi (born January 17, 1959) began his career in 1984. He led many of Europe’s most acclaimed orchestras before becoming the principal conductor of the Danish National Symphony Orchestra (DNSO) in 2017. In July, Stingray Classica presents a series of four diverse concert performances of Fabio Luisi conducting the DNSO. The first of the series, on Wednesday, July 8, is a 2017 concert of Richard Strauss's Horn Concerto No. 1, recorded at Copenhagen's DR Koncerthuset. The following Wednesday, South Korean violinist In Mo Yang, winner of the 2015 Paganini Competition, joins Fabio Luisi and the DNSO in a concert program of Niccolò Paganini’s Violin Concerto No. 1 and Johannes Brahms’s Symphony No.1. On July 22, Luisi is again joined by a world-renowned soloist: pianist Lise de la Salle. This young French artist began to play her instrument at the age of four. Her interpretation of Sergei Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No. 4 with the DNSO is nothing short of excellent. On Wednesday, July 29, Fabio Luisi and the Danish National Symphony Orchestra close our series with a rendition of Ludwig van Beethoven’s fantastic Symphony No. 3 'Eroica', Igor Stravinsky’s powerful Symphony of Psalms, and Richard Strauss’s tone poem Don Juan.
Luisi conducts Strauss, Beethoven & Schoenberg
Wednesday, 8 July | 21:00
Fabio Luisi conducts the Danish National Symphony Orchestra in a performance of Strauss’ Horn Concerto No. 1. This work is one of the most popular and frequently performed horn concertos written in the 19th century, and the first orchestral piece the composer wrote for the instrument. Strauss’ father, Franz, was a virtuoso horn player, and one of the leading performers of his time. Also featured in this program are performances of Beethoven’s immortal Symphony No. 7 and Schoenberg’s early work Verklärte Nacht. The soloist for Strauss’ virtuoso Horn Concerto is the DNSO’s principal horn player Lasse Mauritzen. This performance was recorded at the DR Koncerthuset in Copenhagen, Denmark, in 2017.
Luisi conducts Paganini's Violin Concerto & Brahms
Wednesday, 15 July | 21:00
Fabio Luisi conducts the Danish National Symphony Orchestra in a performance of two great works. Paganini’s Violin Concerto No. 1. is paired with Brahms’ dramatic symphonic debut, Symphony No.1. Paganini’s concerto dates from the mid-to-late 1810s, written as the composer was touring Italy with his remarkable violin technique. This piece is a quintessential expression of Paganini’s extraordinary skill and ability, demanding much from the soloist. It is also characterized by the notably operatic “bel canto” style adopted by many of the composer’s contemporaries, including Gioachino Rossini. This exceptional performance features the dazzling virtuosity of violinist In Mo Yang, winner of the 2015 Paganini Competition. It was recorded at the DR Koncerthuset in Copenhagen, Denmark, in 2017.
Rachmaninoff - Piano Concerto No. 4 & Nielsen 6th
Wednesday, 22 July | 21:00
Fabio Luisi conducts the Danish National Symphony Orchestra in this powerful performance taken from the 150th Anniversary celebrations of Denmark’s national composer, Carl Nielsen. Alongside Nielsen’s inscrutably ironic Symphony No. 6, this performance features world-renowned French pianist Lise de la Salle as soloist in Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No. 4. This lesser-known concerto saw three separate iterations throughout the composer’s life and is characterized by bold chromaticism and a distinctly Jazz-like quality. Luisi and de la Salle have prior experience with this piece, having previously performed and recorded it together. This performance was recorded at the DR Koncerthuset in Copenhagen, Denmark, in 2017.
Stravinsky - Symphony of Psalms
Wednesday, 29 July | 21:00
This live performance marks Fabio Luisi’s very first concert with the Danish National Symphony Orchestra in DR Koncerthuset, Copenhagen. Beethoven’s fantastic Eroica symphony is a milestone in classical music, and with Stravinsky’s mighty Symphony of Psalms and Strauss’ virtuosic Don Juan, this production fully demonstrates the unique chemistry between Fabio Luisi and the orchestra of which he today is the celebrated Chief Conductor. This performance was recorded in 2017.