Young Euro Classic 2023: Highlights
Highlights from Young Euro Classic 2023
After the highly emotional performance last year, this year’s festival appearance by the young Ukrainian musicians is certainly one to look forward to: their subsequent concert programme in 2022 included 30 concerts in many European countries! The orchestra is led by the internationally sought-after conductor Oksana Lyniv. The Youth Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine presents two contemporary compositions: the brand new orchestral work The Way by the young composer Bohdana Frolyak and Odessa Rhapsody for Two Violins and Symphony Orchestra by the Ukrainian-born composer Evgeni Orkin, the latter a German premiere. The evening begins with a flute highlight: Malcolm Arnold’s brief but impressive Flute Concerto. The final piece offers symphonic contrast: Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony, a work whose dramatic development from the darkness of C minor to the light of C Major also offers a musical sign of hope in these dispiriting times of war.
Compared to Ukraine, Estonia is a very small country, but one with a large – and very vivacious – musical tradition! No wonder the Orchestra of the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre presents itself at Young Euro Classic with a programme focusing on music from its homeland. Arvo Pärt's unmistakable musical style is perfectly encapsulated in his work Wenn Bach Bienen gezüchtet hätte – the upbeat to a concert ending with a far too rarely-performed symphonic grand master of Estonian heritage, Eduard Tubin. His Symphony No. 7, a highly expressive work with sweeping melodious lines, was written in 1958, when its composer was in exile in Sweden. The diverse state of contemporary music in the Baltic republic is represented by the composer Alisson Kruusmaa, whose Five Arabesques were inspired by a poem by Hermann Hesse. All this surrounds a classical “island” in the middle of the evening, for which the Estonians have chosen the sparkling Piano Concerto in D Major by Joseph Haydn.
Arvo Pärt: Wenn Bach Bienen gezüchtet hätte; Joseph Haydn: Piano Concerto No. 11; Evgeni Orkin: Odessa Rhapsodie ; Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 5 c-Moll op. 67 III. + IV