Martin Grubinger, Percussion
Christoph Ehrenfellner, conductor
Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 1 C major, op. 21 (1800)
Louis Andriessen: The nine symphonies of Beethoven for
orchestra and ice-cream vendor’s bell (1970)
Kalevi Aho: Sieidi – Concerto for solo percussion and orchestra (2010)
In “Beethoven Year” 2020, the WJO opens the Carinthian Summer Music Festival with the composer’s Symphony No. 1 in C major, op. 21. With this masterpiece, thirty-year-old Beethoven confidently introduced the new century of symphonies at his first Academy Concert in Vienna on April 2, 1800. Louis Andriessen composed Beethoven’s Nine Symphonies for orchestra and ice-cream vendor’s bell in 1970 as a humorous, ironic and critical contribution to the celebrations of the classical composer’s bicentennial. With quotations from all nine symphonies and from light music or the Internationale, Andriessen draws attention to Beethoven as a political composer and criticises the commercialisation of performances Austria’s percussion star Martin Grubinger provides a brilliant start to the festival summer with Kalevi Aho’s Sieidi. With this work by the most important Finnish symphonic composer of our time, Grubinger embarks on an exciting dialogue with the percussion section of the Jeunesse Orchestra.
This concert is supported by the Federal Ministry Republic of Austria Arts, Culture, Civil Service and Sport.