BRAHMS & SCHUBERT
March 31, 2017 at 7 pm — Estonia Concert Hall
3rd concert of the HARMONY series
Robert Schumann (1810–1856)
Overture to “Genoveva”, Op. 81 (1847–1849)
Franz Schubert (1797–1828)
Symphony No. 8 in B minor “Unfinished” (1822)
Johannes Brahms (1833–1897)
Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 68 (1876)
Estonian National Symphony Orchestra
Conductor JOSEPH SWENSEN
Joseph Swensen is a busy guest conductor throughout the world, holding positions as principal guest conductor at the Orquesta Ciudad de Granada in Spain and artistic partner at the Northwest Sinfonietta (Tacoma, USA).
Joseph Swensen currently holds the post of conductor emeritus at the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, where he was principal conductor from 1996–2005. As principal conductor of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Swensen and the orchestra toured extensively in the US, Europe and the Far East, performing together at the Mostly Mozart Festival in New York, Tanglewood and Ravinia Festivals, the BBC Proms and many others. From 2009–2012 he was principal guest conductor of the Orchestre de Chambre de Paris, he has also held positions with the Lahti Symphony and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. As principal conductor of the Malmö Opera in Sweden (2008– 2011), Swensen was widely recognised as the driving force behind the establishment’s transformation into one of the most important opera companies in Sweden.
Before launching his conducting career, Swensen enjoyed a highly successful career as a violin soloist. The violinist and conductor naturally meet in the art of play-direct, where soloist and conductor appear in front of the orchestra as one. Swensen has extended the play-direct repertoire far beyond the classical period, directing from the violin concertos by composers including Brahms, Barber and Prokofiev with orchestras such as the Orchestre de Chambre de Paris, London Mozart Players and Scottish Chamber Orchestra. His series of recordings for Linn Records featuring concertos by Brahms, Mendelssohn and Prokofiev with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra were internationally acclaimed.
With the Orchestre de Chambre de Paris, Swensen created the first ‘Paris Play-Direct Academy’ in May 2011. In addition to performing and conducting, Swensen is also active as a composer.
31.03.2017, 19:00 - 21:30
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