Opening concert Festival in Elverum, Friday August 3rd 2018 in Terningen Arena
The Norwegian National Youth Orchestra
Conductor: Eliahu Inbal
Johannes Rusten (1984-): Overture to Elverum
Anton Bruckner (1824-1896): Symphony No. 5 in B-flat major
Introduction: Adagio – Allegro
Adagio: Sehr Langsam
Scherzo: Molto vivace (Schnell) – Trio: Im Gleichen Tempo
Final: Adagio – Allegro moderato
The grand opening concert of this year’s Festival in Elverum offers an all-round symphony conducted by Eliahu Inbal (born 1936), one of the few Bruckner interpreters from his generation still active. Inbal was chief conductor of hr-Sinfonieorchester in Frankfurt in 1974-1990, and together with this orchestra he was one of the first to record the original versions of several of Bruckner’s symphonies.
Bruckner is mostly known for its monumental symphonies. The fifth symphony was written in 1875-1876 and is perhaps the most intellectual of all of them. Bruckner himself never heard this symphony being performed. During his lifetime, it was once performed for two piano and for the first time for orchestra in Graz in 1894, but Bruckner himself was too sick to be present. The symphony has no subtitle, but it has been nicknamed “the tragic” or “pizzicato symphony”. Even Bruckner himself has referred to the symphony as “the wonderful”, but this never became a formal title. The work is intricately and contrapunctaly written. The climaks is unusually late in the symphony, first with a coral at the end of the last movement.
The Norwegian National Youth Orchestra consist of Norway´s leading performing music students and for them, this project is an unique opportunity to experience one of the most famous Bruckner interpreters, Eliahu Inbal, while he is still active. There are not many from his generation and his tradition still alive, so both the audience and the musicians in the orchestra will have an unique experience!