The original version of Jean Sibelius’ Violin Concerto in D Minor premiered on this day in 1904 – 113 years ago.
The first performance was given by Finish violinist, Victor Novacek to dismal reviews.
Somewhat longer, and noticeably more demanding, Sibelius made substantial revisions to the work before re-premiering its current form.
The original version was largely unknown until 1991, when Sibelius’ heirs permitted one live performance and one recording by Leonidas Kavakos and conductor Osmo Vänskä.
SIBELIUS VIOLIN CONCERTO | 1ST MVT | ORIGINAL VERSION | LEONIDAS KAVAKOS | VANSKA | LAHTI SYMPHONY | 1991
SIBELIUS VIOLIN CONCERTO | 2ND MVT | ORIGINAL VERSION | LEONIDAS KAVAKOS | VANSKA | LAHTI SYMPHONY | 1991