Violinist Joshua Bell and Finnish conductor Sakari Oramo join forces with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra in the gala concert of the Nobel Prize Awards Ceremony in May 2010.
The evening opened with Beethoven's Leonore Overture No. 3, Op. 72a. Composed for his one-and-only, much-revised opera Fidelio, the overture is one of four different versions. The fourth, know as "Overture to Fidelio" is usually performed for full-length productions of the opera, while the third, performed here, is the most popular and the most typically Beethovenian in style.
Tchaikovsky's 1878 Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 35 is one of the most popular concertos of the classical repertoire. It combines a classical three-movement structure with a Romantic ethos, and is performed here by American violinist Joshua Bell, nicknamed the "poet of the violin."
The concert closed with Sibelius's Symphony No. 5 in E-flat Major, Op. 82. Despite being writting during one of the darkest times in European history—from 1914 to 1919—the symphony has an undeniably optimistic nature, which the composer himself admitted in his diary.
Daniel Barenboim (conductor) – Staatsoper Berlin
Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra