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14 January 2021 Oslo (Norway)
Music inspired by film, painting and adventure
Oslo Filharmonien conducted by Vasily Petrenko - Oslo Konserthus
Program Info: Sergei Rachmaninoff Island of the Dead
Erich Wolfgang Korngold Violin Concerto
Alexander Zemlinsky The Mermaid Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra Vasily Petrenko, conductor Stefan Jackiw, violin
Sergei Rachmaninoff wrote the tone poem The Island of the Dead after seeing Arnold Böclin's picture of the same title in 1907 in Paris. The picture shows a person approaching the gloomy island in a small boat, and the tone poem begins with music that describes the waves and the oars.
Erich Wolfgang Korngold (1897−1957) broke through already as an 11-year-old, when the ballet The Snowman was staged in Vienna. Since then, he has had great success as an opera composer, and in the 1930s his success continued as one of the pioneers of Hollywood film music. The violin concerto is based on themes from the films, and is his most played work for the concert hall.
Alexander Zemlinsky (1871−1942) was a composition teacher for both Korngold and other composers such as Alban Berg and Arnold Schönberg. The tone poem The Little Mermaid (premiered in 1905) is based on H.C. Andersen fairy tale.
Sergei Rachmaninoff - Island of the Dead Erich Wolfgang Korngold - Violin Concerto Alexander Zemlinsky - The Mermaid