The Japanese composer, Toro Takemitsu, is one of today’s most remarkable composers, and is renowned for mixing Japanese style elements with modern European tradition.

Into the Music with Tor Yttredal begins at 18:30.

Dreamtime written in 1982 was inspired by a trip to Australia, where he met, and was inspired by the dancers, singers and storytellers there. This exquisite work has touches of an impressionist sound.

In Hindemith’s Symphony ‘Mathis der Maler’ from 1934, each movement depicts a painting from the Isenheim altar in Alsace, painted by Mathias Grünewald in the years 1512-1515. First movement, English Concert, describes the painter’s production of three angels who play for Mary with the Jesus child. The second movement, engraving, is more quiet and reflective, and contains Hindemith’s most beautiful music. The last movement, St. Antonius temptation, is more motivated and thrilling, in his portrayal of Grünewald’s dramatic painting. In the end, Hindemith includes some aspects of the medieval sequence “Lauda Sion Salvatorem” (Sion, praise your salvation), and the essence and work as such end in an instrumental Alleluia for brass, one of the finest declamatory moments in the 20th century music.

Stravinsky composed the ballet Petrusjka 1910-1911, and revised the orchestral score in 1947. The work includes four movements, each with different folk images. We start at a marketplace where a troupe performs puppet theater. The character has three dolls, which comes to life with this magic flute: Petrusjka, the beautiful ballerina and the exotic maurer. Petrusjka is in love with the Ballerina, but instead wants Maureren. Thus, a love triangle starts between the dolls that ends in Peter’s death. The dollmaker insures a terrified audience that Petrusjka is just a doll, until the Ghost of Petrusjka rises one last time. Stravinsky’s masterful orchestration appears both in the use of two tones simultaneously to show the two opposing sides of the main roles: the human and the doll, but the most striking element is the exceptionally colorful and innovative orchestral techniques, which enable you to clearly imagine yourself in a story – in concert form.

Kazuki Yamada, conductor

Takemitsu: Dreamtime
Hindemith: Mathis der Maler
Stravinskij: Petrushka, suite (1947)