This week sees cello virtuoso Truls Mørk teaming up with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra for performances at BBC Proms and the Edinburgh International Festival with two programmes of great contrast.
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.
19 August sees the Proms debut of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, under its new Chief Conductor, Sir Andrew Davis. Perhaps the most powerful artistic expression of unrequited love, Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique is a dark, vivid fantasy inspired by the woman who would eventually become his wife.
Highlights of Truls Mørk’s 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)
Truls Mørk & the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra & Sir Andrew Davis UK August appearances
Royal Albert Hall, London, England
Tuesday 19 August, 6:30pm
Strauss: Don Juan
Elgar: Cello Concerto
Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique
Edinburgh International Festival, Usher Hall, Edinburgh, Scotland
Thursday 21 August, 8:00pm
Erin Wall, Soprano
Strauss: Four Last Songs
Strauss: Don Juan
Schumann: Cello Concerto
Grainger: The Warriors