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The Shanghai Symphony Orchestra made history with the first classical concert in the Forbidden City since — and the whole thing was broadcast live in degrees. On 10 October an orchestra tuned up and prepared to perform the first classical concert at the Imperial Ancestral Temple in Beijing's Forbidden City since The world-famous landmark has in the past hosted stars like The Three Tenors , and this week it was the stage for a special concert from the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra conducted by Long Yu, along with soloists including pianist Daniil Trifonov, soprano Aida Garifullina, tenor Toby Spence and violinist Mari Samuelsen.

The concert was to mark the th anniversary of Deutsche Grammophon, a milestone that makes it the world's oldest classical label and was streamed live on YouTube both as a regular video and as a degree video. The modern and well-equipped Zhejiang Concert Hall seats and has hosted over concerts. Admission: Single t ickets can be purchased at the box office on the day of the concert.

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Audition FAQ. Mead Botanical Garden Amphitheater Ms. Similarly evident are influences from Gade, whose Symphony No. Grieg's opening Allegro has fanfares like Gade's, the trio section of his scherzo-movement the Intermezzo is also in A minor, and the theme and form of the Adagio are reminiscent of Gade's Andantino.

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We know that Grieg was impressed by Gade's 'Nordic tone', which had been successful in Germany. Gade became conductor of the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, but was forced to give up his post by the Prusso-Danish War in Another Danish composer, J. Over the years Gade focussed less on specifically national ideas, and he warned Grieg several times not to become too one-sidedly folky-nationalistic, which he felt might produce something more like 'Northern Lights than music'.

Grieg thought that Gade later became too weakly Mendelssohnian, and he founded Euterpe to present a fiery new alternative.

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Even so, Grieg often expressed great respect for Gade. Scandinavianism, with its focus on Nordic heroes of the past and romanticizing of 'folk culture', was almost literally 'torpedoed' by the later war between Prussia and Denmark , when the other Nordic countries did not help Denmark. In the second half of the nineteenth century the most important thing in Norway was to define what was specifically Norwegian, as part of the struggle against the union with Sweden.

Obviously Norwegian national qualities are not yet prominent in the Symphony , but in the trio section of the Intermezzo , Grieg had for the first time used part of a folk-tune: ' Astri, my Astri' , in a partly modal harmonization.

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Scholars have also found halling and springar dances [ Note 2 ] in the Symphony , but that is rather more questionable. The third movement is more of a mazurka than a springar. Another much-discussed question has been the extent to which the Symphony is 'Griegian', often with the conclusion that it is not yet 'free', but that we can still sense Grieg in it to some extent. What else would it be? I also feel that all the influences behind the music are pretty self-evident, without diminishing it. I do not find any unoriginal copying or imitation.

On the podium I experience this music as an original achievement from a time of creative ferment in the life of a daring young composer. It was Grieg himself who began the tradition of reservations about the Symphony , with his 'must never be performed'. Grieg found in Svendsen's Symphony 'the most sparkling genius, the boldest national tone and a really brilliant handling of the orchestra'.

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Perhaps Grieg had dreamed of being the first Norwegian national romantic symphonist, but now realized that was Svendsen's domain. He may also have had a youthful ambition to take over Gade's mantle of respected 'Nordic' symphonist, but then he came to feel that the genre of the symphony was not the right road for him. Neither was the Norwegian public very used to symphonies, and it would have been difficult to 'win the people' with them.

Limitations in Norwegian orchestras were probably another factor. Grieg was largely a performing musician, dependent on his 'image', his reputation. He would not have wanted people to associate him with the style of this Symphony. We know too that he was more self-critical than most: he destroyed many early works. Above all, however, Grieg felt that the really essential thing was to be himself, genuinely and completely, to find his own individuality.

Thanks to these men 'scales' fell from his eyes: it was in being Norwegian that he could find himself. There was a lively debate surrounding the Symphony 's rebirth in The Bergen Festival wanted to perform it, initially in , in connection with the opening of the new concert hall 'Grieghallen', but the Bergen Public Library would not release the manuscript score.

The reason given was respect for Grieg's wishes, and that a performance could damage Grieg's reputation. Katayev asserted that Grieg had the potential to be a great symphonist, and that it was a pity he had written just this one. It then became a 'national issue' to bring about a performance and recording in Norway as soon as possible, and on 30 May the Symphony was played in Bergen, with a live Eurovision TV relay.

The composer Arne Nordheim b. Nordheim also argued that a performance 'would give us a more complete and accurate picture of Grieg', and 'enrich his reputation rather than harming it'. The same ideas led to the Symphony 's publication in , as part of the twenty-volume edition of Grieg's complete works that appeared between and