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Special Concert: Sweden, Finland, Bohemia

Allan Pettersson: »Symphonic Movement« / Jean Sibelius: Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D Minor op. 47 / Antonín Dvořák: Symphony No. 7 in D Minor op. 70

Heidelberger Stückemarkt
Heidelberger Stückemarkt
Musical Direction

One of Sweden's most important composers in the 20th century is Allan Pettersson (1911-80). He composed the »Symphonic Movement« in 1973 on commission from Swedish television. Documentary filmmaker Boris Engström interprets the music with his camera in landscape images - a plea for the power and overwhelming beauty of nature, which must always be protected and preserved. The film was first broadcast in 1976.

Jean Sibelius was born into a Finnish-Swedish family in 1865. Growing up with the Swedish language, he first learned Finnish at school. Later he created »Finlandia«, the unofficial anthem of his homeland. In the course of the 20th century, Sibelius went his own, not always modern, way with his music. His Violin Concerto in D Minor, composed in 1903, shows him, despite his later secluded lifestyle, to be a European composer of great significance for music history. At times tender and lyrical, at times expressive and virtuosic, it ranks among the most important of the late Romantic period.

Antonín Dvořák's 7th Symphony is premiered in London in 1885. Its sound is deep and melancholic - highly concentrated symphonic music in the spirit of Beethoven and Brahms.

This concert is part of the search process to fill the position of General Music Director at the Theater und Orchester Heidelberg. 

Listen to an introduction by Stefan Klawitter (in German) here.