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Live from Copenhagen: The Danish National Symphony Orchestra and conductor Fabio Luisi

Friday, 24 November 2023 , ora 13.37

This season marks the 90th anniversary of the Thursday Concerts presented by the Danish National Symphony Orchestra in Copenhagen. These concerts aim to provide audiences with musical experiences of the highest artistic caliber and reach as many spectators as possible. This endeavor has been praised by one of the critics, who describes the Thursday concertsas the "backbone of Denmark's musical life."

The 2022-2023 season also introduces a special theme, exploring cosmic visions, divine love, and the transformative power of music on the human soul. Among other projects, the orchestra will undertake the complete works of Alexander Scriabin over two seasons. Three concerts per season are scheduled, and the entire collection will be captured in an album recorded by Deutsche Grammophon. Scriabin's Prometheus: The Poem of Fire has been already showcased in a concert on the 23rd of August, and Symphony no. 1 is featured in the upcoming concert on Thursday, 23rd of November. We'll be broadcasting this performance live, with the next installment scheduled for 8th of February, 2024, featuring The Poem of Ecstasy.

Scriabin, drawn to mysticism, firmly believed that music and art could positively change humanity. A visionary who associated sound and colors, often eccentric, he created music that exuded a unique inner strength, bridging the Romantic and modern eras with a language that, towards the end of his short life, transcended tonality.

This time, we focus our attention solely on Symphony no. 1 in E major, written by the distinguished Russian composer. Right from the outset, it captivates with its monumental scale-comprising six parts and featuring a choir (the Danish National Concert Choir) and two soloists (the soprano Ema Nikolovska and tenor James Ley). Together, they bring to life a "visionary" text, also penned by Scriabin himself. This symphony stands as one of the most intense, ambitious, and powerful pieces in Russian musical literature from the early 20th century. Scriabin completed it in 1900, delivering a message that suggests a grand art reigning omnipotently over the world, elevating humanity to perform glorious deeds. The call to embrace art and celebrate it also echoes in theconcluding verses of Alexander Scriabin's Symphony no. 1.In the upcoming concert by the Danish National Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Fabio Luisi, the Symphony no. 1 will be preceded by Arnold Schoenberg'ssextet, Transfigured Night, op. 4. This piece, contemporary with Scriabin's work, predates Schoenberg's venture into the abstract realm of the 12 equal semitones, still under the enchantment of Wagner and Brahms' music, and especially under the enchantment of love, "the one that forgives all." In 1943, the composer adapted the sextet for a string orchestra in a revised version.

The concert promises a sumptuous musical experience in the capital of Denmark, scheduled for Thursday, 23rd of November, following an age-old tradition. We warmly invite you to tune in to Radio România Muzical at 8:30 PM for a live broadcast of this musical journey.

Marina Nedelcu
Translated by Marian-Cătălin Niculăscu,
University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year I
Corrected by Silvia Petrescu