Monday, October 08, 2007


October 8th, 2007

CSO Welcomes Acclaimed Violin Soloist

Järvi leads a stirring, all-German program featuring Mahler and Beethoven

Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra Paavo Järvi, conductor Vadim Repin, violin
Thursday, October 11, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, October 12, 8 p.m.
Saturday, October 13, 8 p.m.
Music Hall. Tickets: Call (513) 381-3300 or


MAHLER: Todtenfeier
MAHLER: Symphony No. 10 (Adagio)
MAHLER / arr. BRITTEN: What the Wild Flowers Tell Me
BEETHOVEN: Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 61

Heralded as “the greatest living violinist” by the Berliner Tagesspiegel (The Berlin Daily Mirror), Vadim Repin brings his impeccable artistry to the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra for three spellbinding performances on Thursday, October 11, Friday, October 12 and Saturday, October 13 at Music Hall. Music Director Paavo Järvi conducts an exciting program featuring works by two German masters, Gustav Mahler and Ludwig van Beethoven.
The CSO opens the program with Mahler’s Todtenfeir (“Funeral Rite”), a transcendent work that later evolved into the first movement of the composer’s much-admired Symphony No. 2. This is followed by Mahler’s final, unfinished Symphony No. 10, a heart-wrenching expression of fear and anguish. The final Mahler work on the program is the CSO premiere of What the Wild Flowers Tell Me, arranged by Benjamin Britten.
To close the concert, Mr. Repin will perform the solo in Beethoven’s masterful Violin Concerto in D Major, dubbed by many as the “King of Concertos.”
“Vadim Repin is certainly part of that very, very top echelon of violinists,” says CSO Music Director Paavo Järvi. “He’s an old friend of the orchestra, and I’m very grateful that we have an opportunity to play this concerto, a work we have never performed together.”
Audiences are invited to learn more about the music at Classical Conversations with CSO Concertmaster Timothy Lees and hosted by CSO Assistant Conductor Eric Dudley, one hour before each performance.
Vadim RepinBorn in 1971 in Novosibirsk, Vadim Repin began playing the violin at the age of five and after only six months made his first public appearance. He studied in his hometown with Zakhar Bron. At the age of seven he gave his first performance with orchestra, at eleven, his St. Petersburg recital debut. His international breakthrough came in 1989, when Repin became the youngest-ever winner of the world’s most prestigious and demanding violin competition, the Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels.
Since then Vadim Repin has appeared with the world’s greatest orchestras and conductors. He is also a frequent guest at festivals such as the Hollywood Bowl, Tanglewood, Ravinia, Rheingau, Verbier and the BBC Proms. His “Carte blanche” invitation to the Louvre in Paris resulted in a prize-winning live recording of music performed with colleagues including the gypsy violinist Roby Lakatos. His chamber-music partners have included Martha Argerich, Yuri Bashmet, Evgeny Kissin, Nikolai Lugansky, Mischa Maisky and Mikhail Pletnev.
The violinist has won numerous prizes including an Echo Award as “Instrumentalist of the Year 1999”, the Diapason d’or, the Prix Caecilia and the Edison Award.

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