As a composer, Jörg Widmann has a special relationship with both the violin and the violin concerto. He has said, “The violin concerto as a genre is ‘holy’ to me, to which the most personal is entrusted. This is especially true for my concerto, as it is dedicated to my sister. The lyrical tone of the violin acts as a mouthpiece for the most diverse of human emotions.” Continue reading “Jörg Widmann’s Violin Concerto No.2: The voice of the violin”
Toru Takemitsu’s Nostalghia for violin and orchestra will be performed on 13 September in the Martinskirche in Basel, and on 14 September in St. Peter’s Church in Zurich, by violinist Ilya Gringolts and the I Tempi chamber orchestra conducted by Gevorg Gharabekyan.
On 18 July this week, Fazıl Say’s Ballad for alto saxophone and orchestra will receive its world premiere in Tokyo with the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra conducted by Miguel Harth-Bedoya. Say composed the work for Japanese saxophonist Nobuya Sugawa, who will perform as soloist.