A Portrait of a Lady by Swan Lake
”...a delicious glowing sound palette of the best Russian-romantic brand.”
Camilla Lundberg, Dagens Nyheter
The opening concert of the season begins with the performance of "Dracula" composer Victoria Borisova Ollas' first Violin concerto. Concerto starts off rocking leisurely , like a giant's gait. The solo violin, performed by Baiba Skride is joining in sometimes with straight and aggressive staccati, sometimes with swirling dance moves, playful pizzicati and melancholic portamenti.
The orchestra set is generously seasoned with sounds of gongs, harp, celesta and bells. The work is inspired by the story of "Swan Lake", and some sequences are both dreamy, fabulous and painful as those in Tchaikovsky's ballet.
Soloist Baiba Skride demonstrates her entire impressive map of colors, sounds and technical skills.
Gunilla Brodrej, Expressen
Baiba Skride's ”swan princess” seems to be fighting her fight on the shore of a lake which is on the way to evapouration during the climate warming. Trapped in a marching ostinato, she struggles to rise above the crashing ice masses. In the middle part of the Concerto, the voice of the solo Violin seems to be built into a fragile glass cage of harp, chimes and celesta, and flutters against the bars of the cage in a solo cadenza rich with overtones. The dreamy ending finally lets her sail away above the melting water with her wings spread. The narrative is built of contrasts between darkness and light, in folk-style melancholy that dresses Baiba Skride's skillful play.
Sofia Nyblom, Svenska Dagbladet