Concerts

GRINGOLTS & MENDELSSOHN

February 6, 2020 at 1 pm — Estonia Concert Hall (symphonic lunch*)
February 7, 2020 at 6 pm — Estonia Concert Hall (pre-concert event)
February 7, 2020 at 7 pm — Estonia Concert Hall

2nd concert of the MAESTRO series  

Luciano Berio
Good Night (Gute Nacht) for Trumpet Solo   1′
Soloist INDREK VAU

Salvatore Sciarrino
Allegoria della notte for Violin and Orchestra   17′

Felix Mendelssohn
Violin Concerto in E minor   28′

Giuseppe Martucci
Nocturne   9′

Felix Mendelssohn
Symphony No. 1 in C minor   30′

ILYA GRINGOLTS violin
Estonian National Symphony Orchestra
Conductor OLARI ELTS


Ilya Gringolts (© Tomasz Trzebiatowski).

‘There is probably no one who can play the violin more expressively and uncompromisingly than Gringolts.’ (Süddeutsche Zeitung). The Estonian audience is already familiar with Ilya Gringolts, who won the international Paganini Competition two decades ago, making him the youngest winner. He works together with the world’s best orchestras and conductors and plays first violin in the Gringolts Quartet. For ENSO, he will perform both the Violin Concerto by Mendelssohn and its modern re-make, Allegory of the Night by the Italian composer Sciarrino, who is a virtuoso experimenter with sounds. ‘For me, these two works mark the co-existence of two different worlds: on the one hand, we have the classic-romantic sound and on the other hand, the fantasy world of the music of the night, where Sciarrino likes to spend his time,’ said Gringolts to compare the two pieces. ‘Perhaps this is an attempt to connect these two worlds with an invisible thread – if it is at all possible. A real black hole of a piece!’

Olari Elts, the principal guest conductor of ENSO, has put together the exciting programme. Elts spends most of the concert season working together with renowned foreign orchestras around the world.

Gringolts and Elts have worked together for a long time and Elts praises Gringolts for his technical capabilities, saying that he is ‘the violinist with the coolest attitude – no matter whether he is performing Paganini or Sciarrino.’ Gringolts also commends their extraordinary collaboration on the stage, saying that he loves that Elts has such an open mind: ‘I am always happy to see how he finds the right mood for each piece and realises what he has planned with exceptional efficiency.’

The main composer of the concert is Felix Mendelssohn, who is, according the conductor, ‘one of the most underrated and misunderstood composers of all time, whose genius lies in remarkable counterpoint, arrangement, and clarity of form. In his precocity and genius, Mendelssohn combines the ease of Mozart, the clarity of form and novelty of Beethoven, and, as strange as it may be, the maturity of Haydn.’

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* SYMPHONIC LUNCH. Thu., February 6, 2020 at 1 p.m.
Felix Mendelssohn. Violin Concerto
Salvatore Sciarrino. Allegoria della notte for Violin and Orchestra
Felix Mendelssohn. Symphony No 1 (mvt. 1)
ILYA GRINGOLTS violin
Estonian National Symphony Orchestra
Conductor OLARI ELTS

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MAESTRO concert series

I: SEASON OPENING CONCERT, September 13, 2019
Ye-Eun Choi violin, Estonian National Male Choir, ENSO, conductor NEEME JÄRVI

II: GRINGOLTS & MENDELSSOHN, February 7, 2020
Ilya Gringolts violin, ENSO, conductor OLARI ELTS

III: ENERGY, March 6, 2020
Juhan Tralla tenor, Tamar Nugis baritone, Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, ENSO, conductor ARVO VOLMER

IV: END OF THE SEASON CONCERT I, May 21, 2020
Monika-Evelin Liiv mezzo-soprano, Rauno Elp baritone, Estonian National Male Choir, ENSO, conductor NEEME JÄRVI