Truls Mørk returns to the UK this week for two high profile appearances with the Philharmonia Orchestra. On the 14th of May, Mørk is set featured as soloist for performances of Dvořák’s Cello Concerto and Josef Suk’s Asrael Symphony in Basingstoke– a part of the Bohemian Legends series. The Basingstoke performance is followed the next day by a concert at London’s Royal Festival Hall.
Hailed by the Daily Telegraph as a player of ‘angelic grace and purity of tone’, Truls Mørk is admired by fellow cellists, critics and audiences alike for his impassioned interpretations. Mørk’s recording of Rautavaara’s Towards the Horizon with the BBC Symphony Orchestra won a Gramophone Award in 2012, while his recent concerto series as resident artist with the Oslo Philharmonic was universally acclaimed.
In this Bohemian Legends series concert conductor Jakub Hrusa pairs Dvorák’s eloquent Cello Concerto with his son-in-law Josef Suk’s heartfelt Asrael Symphony. Composed in memory of Dvorák and his own wife (Dvorák’s daughter), the symphony is named after the angel of death, who protects the deceased during their journey in the afterlife to the land of eternal blissfulness.
Highlights of the 2013/14 season include concerts with the London Philharmonic Orchestra (Vladimir Jurowski), Philharmonia Orchestra (Jakub Hrůša), Wiener Symphoniker (James Gaffigan) and Münchner Philharmoniker (Lionel Bringuier). Truls Mørk will tour with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra (Mariss Jansons) and with the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande (Neeme Järvi), where he performs Brahms’ Double Concerto with Vadim Repin.
“Truls Mørk shows an infinite amount of musicianship… the Norweigian cellist develops a round and velvety rough sound, time and time again. A great artist at work, getting to the heart of the Brahms discourse.” (Julian Sykes, Le Temps, March 2014)
“Truls Mørk has tremendous stature as a recitalist. Technical control is one thing, but the compelling quality throughout this programme was the intense personal conviction both he and Christian Ihle Hadland conveyed… Mørk enthralled the audience from the first to last note. By turns tender, introverted, fiery and passionate, he constantly propelled us forward on this compelling epic journey. ” (Joanne Talbot, The Strad, September 2013)