In november 2015 during the Russian violinist Ilya Gringolts, together with the Uppsala chamber orchestra, he was soloist in Felix Mendelssohn's beloved violin concerto. The same evening, made the orchestra a modern Swedish works, Albert Schnelzers ”A freak in Burbank”, and Gringolts was so taken by this music that he wanted to play a new violin concerto by Schnelzer. Said and done: Uppsala chamber orchestra, Swedish chamber orchestra and The Sinfonietta commissioned, together Schnelzers second violin concerto, and the premiere takes place in Uppsala with Ilya Gringolts as soloist.
This world premiere comes just weeks after Schnelzers sovereign piano concerto ”This is your kingdom” have been premiered at the berwald hall. The värmländske the composer is the least prestigious, which is quite logical as the music he composes is imaginative and personal, and at the same time easy to grasp. He struggling not to it too much, and at the same time, he has always a clear mind with everything he does.
on Schelzers second violin concerto, and the theme is night, sleep and dream. The first movement portrays the hover state when one falls asleep, the second movement is inspired by a nightmarish masked ball which took place at the French court of 1393, and the beautiful third movement depicts a dream of the composer's childhood, in which the animals are marching up in a mysterious procession. Finalsatsen is about in the dream run, but to get anywhere, and it combines the steady rhythm of the third movement with the intensity from the other, before it all ends rather suddenly – as if the music's protagonist simply wakes up with a jolt.
Ilya Gringolts plays excellently, but it is hardly a violin concerto which is about ekvilibrism for the soloist. He plays the lead role in the musical story, but it is a more humble observance than dramatically active role. There is no minus, it may just work to feel more made for the listeners than for the musicians. A very fine violin concerto.
Konsertkvällen begins with Elfrida andree's konsertuvertyr from 1873, a wonderful vårigt orchestra, which here is performed in a slightly leisurely pace. Mozart's ”Haffner-symphony” from the 1782 is a real classic, but the conductor Korsten will find not really into Mozart's ebullient life-affirming energy, it sounds a bit stiff and angular, albeit nice. Prokofiev's first symphony succeeds, he and the orchestra the better, it blows up like a fresh wind and it spjuveraktigt charming in this gem becomes clear.