Simone Lamsma, Marc Albrecht and the great German repertoire

She began studying violin at the age of 5; when she was 11 she moved to the UK to train at Yehudi Manuhin’s school and at the Royal Academy of Music in London where she graduated with prestigious honors; she won the 2010 Dutch VSCD Classical Music Award within the category “New generation musicians”. We are talking about Dutch violinist Simone Lamsma, who has performed on the most prestigious stages worldwide, and who is making her debut with the Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della Rai on Thursday 29 January at 9 pm at the Rai Auditorium “Arturo Toscanini” in Turin. The concert, aired live on Radio3, is conducted by Marc Albrecth, chief conductor of the Netherlands Opera and of Dutch Philharmonic and Chamber Orchestras, particularly appreciated for his performances of the great German repertoire.
The evening’s program opens with one of the most famous works for violin, through the interpretation of Simone Lamsma: Ludwig van Beethoven’s Concerto in D major Op. 61 for Violin and Orchestra, written for violinist Franz Clement and premiered in Vienna on 23 December 1806. The evening continues and ends with Johannes Brahms’ Symphony No. 2 in D major, written in the summer of 1877 in the peaceful Carinthia mountains where – as the composer wrote to his friend Billroth – “if while walking you lift your eyes, you see that around the blue lake all the mountains are white with snow, and the trees covered with a tender green”.
The concert will have its second performance in Turin on Friday 30 January at 8.30 pm.
Foto: Otto van den Toorn

Rai NuovaMusica 2015 - The Future Sound of Classical

Rai NuovaMusica is back. The contemporary music festival of the Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della Rai reaches its eleventh year. Three concerts at the Rai Auditorium “Arturo Toscanini” in Turin, all aired on Radio3, will be presenting world and Italian premieres, together with works that have shaped the history of today’s music, interpreted by very prestigious conductors and soloist.
The opening concert is scheduled for Friday 6 February at 9 pm, and will see Tõnu Kaljuste conducting the Rai Orchestra. The program includes Claudio Ambrosini’s 1998 orchestral transcriptions of Giovanni Gabrielli’s Canzon XIII, Canzon I, Sonata XIX; Italian premiere of Arvo Pärt’s orchestral work Swansong (Littlemore Tractus), dated 2013; Einojuhani Rautavaara’s Cantus Arcticus (Concerto for Birds and Orchestra) Op. 61 from 1972; and Sofija Gubajdulina’s Concerto for violin and orchestra, Offertorium, written between 1980 and 1986, interpreted by Sergey Krylov (read more).

Šostakovič's Eighth Symphony interpreted by Juraj Valčuha

“The Eighth Symphony contains tragic and dramatic inner conflicts, but on the whole it is an optimistic, life-asserting work. Its philosophical conception can be summed up in these words: life is beautiful! All that is dark and evil rots away”. This is how Dmitrij Šostakovič described his Symphony No. 8 in C minor Op. 65, that will be performed on Thursday 26 February by the Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della Rai at the Rai Auditorium “Arturo Toscanini” in Turin, at 9 pm, broadcasted live on Rai5 and streamed live on www.classica.rai.it.
The Orchestra, led by its Principal Conductor Juraj Valčuha, will be performing the masterpiece  Šostakovič wrote in 1942, when the German army was finally leaving the Soviet Union after a strenuous attrition war. The moment needed celebrating, and the regime expected the musician to write a work that would properly honor such military success. But Šostakovič could not forget the hoard of corpses that was being accumulated through the most terrifying war humanity had ever seen. His imagination was marked by mournful thoughts. And listening to the Eighth Symphony makes it difficult to join in the description the composer himself gave of his work.
The concert will have its second performance on Friday 27 February at 8.30 pm, aired live on Radio3.

Stagione Sinfonica 2013-2014

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