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City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra: Elgar / ProkofievMirga Gražinytė-Tyla (conductor), Vilde Frang (violin)

The violinist Vilde Frang is sitting on a windowsill and rests her elbow on her knee in a relaxed position. She holds the bow and the violin in one hand each.
Copyright: Marco Borggreve

The Norwegian Vilde Frang is one of the best violinist of her generation, and conductor Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla one of the most successful artists of her native Lithuania.

The Norwegian Vilde Frang is one of the best violinist of her generation, and conductor Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla one of the most successful artists of her native Lithuania.

Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla, who has already performed several times in Munich with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, likes to work with powerful female soloists, most recently in Munich with Yuja Wang and Gabriela Montero. The soloist for this concert is the Norwegian Vilde Frang, undoubtedly one of the best violinists of her generation. Though celebrated as a “talent of the century”, Frang has an aversion to pithy superlatives and pigeonholes. No wonder, then, that she is revered especially for her powerful, authentic and never showy style. As well as their youth, the two women share a profound musicality and individuality.

 

With a concert version of Prokofiev’s music for the ballet “Romeo and Juliet”, arranged by the conductor herself, and Elgar’s violin concerto, the programme for their joint Munich appearance comprises two opulent key works of the nascent 20th century. Incidentally, in 1920 it was Edward Elgar himself who was to conduct the inaugural concert of an English orchestra that would go on to achieve world fame: the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.

  • Vilde Frang, violin
  • Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla, conductor

Programme

  • Edward Elgar: Concerto for violin and orchestra in B minor, Op 61
  • Sergei Prokofiev: Music for the ballet “Romeo and Juliet”, Op 64