RNCM Chamber Orchestra with Henning Kraggerud
Saturday 10 February 7.30pm
RNCM Concert Hall
W A Mozart Violin Concerto No 3 in G major K 216 ‘Strassburg’
W A Mozart Violin Concerto No 5 in A major K 219 ‘Turkish’
Felix Mendelssohn Violin Concerto in E minor Op 64
Henning Kraggerud violin
Henning Kraggerud’s reputation precedes him. He takes well-known classical pieces and using his own, completely fresh approach, breaks traditional musical norms and revitalises the music with his enthusiastic interpretations. His take on Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons at last year’s RNCM Strings Festival had a profound effect on both the audience and the students involved, with the Concert Hall crackling with energy. Indeed, our students were talking about that performance for weeks to come.
As he embarks on rehearsals with our Chamber Orchestra for tonight’s concert, Henning has said that he wants to ‘free the students up’ – to expand the toolbox of the musicians, to encourage them to be creative and open to possibilities and not to be restricted by rules or conventions. And as part of this approach, he will also talk about the pieces being performed during the concert.
Henning has chosen a programme including concertos by Mozart and Mendelssohn. He has recorded the Mozart pieces for Naxos to huge critical acclaim, with The Strad concluding: ‘Even in an age when technical cleanliness and accuracy can be taken virtually for granted, Kraggerud’s buoyant, mellifluous spontaneity and spotless intonation are in a class apart…A triumph for all concerned, guaranteed to blow away any musical cobwebs.’ Praise indeed!