Santtu-Matias Rouvali conducts Thorvaldsdottir, Morricone, and Shostakovich — With Omar Tomasoni
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
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Finnish conducting sensation Santtu-Matias Rouvali takes the helm of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra for a marvelously modern program: the Dutch premieres of works by Anna Thorvaldsdottir and Ennio Morricone, plus Shostakovich's philosophical, allusive 15th Symphony!
The charismatic Rouvali, known for championing new and unique repertoire as principal conductor of the Philharmonia Orchestra (among other appointments with the Gothenburg Symphony and Tampere Philharmonic), is the perfect choice for these two Dutch premieres: Icelandic composer Anna Thorvaldsdottir's Metacosmos, a fascinating "balance between beauty and chaos," and the late, great Ennio Morricone's UT, a concerto for trumpet performed by the excellent Omar Tomasoni, the RCO's principal trumpeter and co-founder of Italian Wonderbrass. Rounding off the program is Shostakovich's final completed symphony, No. 15 in A, the product of a burst of creativity in the early 1970s. Tonally expansive and delightfully referential, the symphony seemed to Shostakovich to "[appear] in my mind with total clarity from first note to last. There was nothing left for me to do but write it down."
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