Herrmann Love Scene from Vertigo
Korngold Violin Concerto
Tchaikovsky Symphony No5
Music simply doesn’t get any more romantic than Tchaikovsky’s sweeping Fifth Symphony. Tchaikovsky asked for it to be played ‘with passion and desire’, and under guest conductor John Storgårds it’ll make a perfect complement to Bernard Herrmann’s stunning score for Hitchcock’s Vertigo. Latvian violinist Baiba Skride, meanwhile, could have been born to play the luscious violin concerto by Erich Korngold – the Viennese genius who defined the ‘Hollywood sound’.
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Principal Guest Conductor of the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra as well as Canada’s National Arts Centre Orchestra Ottawa and Artistic Partner of the Munich Chamber Orchestra, John Storgårds has a dual career as a conductor and violin virtuoso and is widely recognised for his creative flair for programming. He is also Artistic Director of the Lapland Chamber Orchestra. Storgårds appears with such orchestras as WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln, Bamberger Symphoniker, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI Torino, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, BBC Symphony, CBSO, all the major Nordic orchestras including Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra where he was Chief Conductor 2008-2015. Further afield, he appears with Sydney, Melbourne, New Zealand and NHK Symphonies as well as Boston, St Louis, Toronto, Vancouver Symphonies, Cleveland Orchestra and the New York Philharmonic. Soloists with whom he collaborates include Yefim Bronfman, Colin Currie, Sol Gabetta, Håkan Hardenberger, Kari Kriikku, Dejan Lazic, Karita Mattila, Gil Shaham, Baiba Skride, Christian Tetzlaff, Jean-Yves Thibaudet and Frank Peter Zimmermann. His repertoire includes all symphonies by Sibelius, Nielsen, Bruckner, Brahms, Beethoven and Schumann, and with Helsinki Philharmonic he has undertaken a full cycle of all symphonies by Schubert. With the Lapland Chamber Orchestra he gave a historical cycle of all 54 symphonies by Mozart (including the unnumbered works). Storgårds has given numerous premieres including Sibelius’ Late Fragments, Schumann’s only opera ‘Genoveva’ as well as works by contemporary composers such as Kaija Saariaho, Brett Dean, Per Nørgård and Peteris Vasks many of whom have dedicated their works to him. In opera, Storgårds conducted the Finnish premiere of Haydn’s Orlando Paladino at the Finnish National Opera and most recently a new production of Mozart’s Don Giovanni at the Savonlinna Opera Festival. Storgårds conducted most Mozart operas and major titles by Strauss and Verdi. As part of his imaginative programming with Lapland Chamber Orchestra, the group regularly performs opera – most recently Walton’s The Bear.
Baiba Skride’s natural approach to her music-making has endeared her to some of today’s most important conductors and orchestras worldwide. She is consistently invited for her refreshing interpretations, her sensitivity and delight in the music. The list of prestigious orchestras with whom she has worked include the Berlin Philharmonic, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Concertgebouw Orkest. Sinfonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Orchestre de Paris, London Philharmonic, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig and NHK Symphony. Notable conductors she collaborates with include Christoph Eschenbach, Thierry Fischer, Paavo and Neeme Järvi, Andris Nelsons, Santtu Matias Rouvali, Vasily Petrenko, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, John Storgårds and Kazuki Yamada.In February 2016, Baiba Skride made her debut with the New York Philharmonic with Christoph Eschenbach. The concerts were a huge success with Vivien Schweitzer in the New York Times writing, “Ms. Skride brought a wide tonal palette to her insightful and passionate interpretation, her tone meaty and bold to open, then sweet, gossamer and brash.’’ This season Baiba Skride will appear with Chicago Symphony, Cleveland Symphony, as well as Boston Symphony for the American premiere of Sofia Gubaidulina’s Triple Concerto for violin, cello, and bayan. Baiba Skride is a sought after chamber musician, regularly performing at festivals and venues, such as Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Wigmore Hall London, Palais des Beaux Arts Brussels, Bad Kissingen and Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommen. In the 2016/17 season she appears in a new piano quartet with Lauma Skride, Harriet Krijgh and Lise Berthaud performing at the Schubertiade Schwarzenberg, Malmö Chamber Festival and BASF Ludwigshafen. Other artists she collaborates with include Bertrand Chamayou, Brett Dean, Sol Gabetta, Alban Gerhardt, Xavier de Maistre and Daniel Mueller-Schott.