Marie-Ange Nguci, piano
Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla, conductor
Ludwig van Beethoven
Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 4 in G major, op. 58 (1806)
Lemminkäinen-Suite, op. 22 (1896)
I. Lemminkäinen and the Maidens of the Island
II. The Swan of Tuonela
IV. Lemminkäinen's Return
Marie-Ange Nguci, our 'Artist in Residence', is just 25 years old. She combines virtuosity, inventiveness and musicality in an extraordinary way. When Beethoven's 4th piano concerto unites her and Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla, one of the most original conductors of our time, a performance is in the offing that is not likely to be forgotten quickly.
With his Lemminkäinen-Suite, the Finnish composer Jean Sibelius wrote music that is both hearty and subtle, retelling the adventures of the eponymous hero from the great Finnish epic Kalevala in a tone-painting manner.