R Strauss Don Juan
Grieg Piano Concerto in A minor
Shostakovich Symphony No 10
Scandinavia’s super-orchestra arrives at London’s Barbican Centre, bringing their silken strings and luminous woodwind to bear on Grieg, Strauss and Shostakovich – and joining forces with another giant of Norwegian music, Leif Ove Andsnes.
Under its music director Vasily Petrenko, the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra is a natural guest at the Barbican – London’s home from home for great international orchestras. After all, the 21st century has few more dynamic interpreters of Shostakovich than Petrenko – just as Strauss’s swashbuckling symphonic poem is the perfect calling-card for the Oslo Phil. But at the heart of it all is Grieg’s piano concerto, and if any artist can rediscover its freshness and poetry, it’s Leif Ove Andsnes, a pianist for whom Grieg is ‘a force of nature’.
Top Photo: The Oslo Philharmonic in 1921 (Photo: Oslo Philharmonic)