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PostPosted: Sun Jul 07, 2013 11:02 am    Post subject: Sibelius at 2013 Proms Reply with quote

Just been looking at the Proms programmes starting July 12th. Sibelius features in the following concerts.

July 30th Sibelius 7 plus Mozart and Schumann
Mahler Chamber Orchestra under Daniel Harding

August 20th Sibelius 2 plus Tippett, Britten and Bostridge
London Symphony Orchestra under Daniel Harding
Broadcast BBC 4 August 25th

August 21st Sibelius Violin Concerto, Lisa Batiashvili plus Bantock and Elgar
BBC Symphony Orchestra under Sakari Oramo

August 30th Sibelius Pohjola's Daughter plus Bantock and R Strauss
London Philharmonic Orchestra under Vladimir Jurowski

Also on July 18th Stenhammars Excelsior plus Szymanowski third symphony and R Strauss Alpine Symphony under Thomas Sondergard

Great to see Bantock and Stenhammar in addition to Sibelius--kp

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 08, 2013 3:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've never heard Harding in Sibelius, so this is something to look forward to.

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 28, 2013 9:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Noticed that the Sibelius seventh with Mahler Chamber Orchestra under Daniel Harding is also being televised on BBC4 on Thursday august 1st. Concert starts 7.30pm. Looking forward to this one following Sir Mark Elders previous disappointing account--kp

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 02, 2013 9:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Mahler Chamber Orchestra is a very fine ensemble of around 50 players, I would think. I much enjoyed Schumann's second symphony and a nice account of Mozart's Piano concerto No. 25 [Paul Lewis] I settled down for the Sibelius seventh and not a bad account. Conductor Daniel Harding had earlier described the opening triple rap on the timps as akin to the 'big bang' which in astronomy tries to describe the very beginning of the universe. Certainly with that rising passage on the strings we begin a relentless process of growth and metamorphosis. Although I had a few reservations, its seemed to me that Harding grasped the constant ebb and flow of this music in a way that alluded Mark Elder in a previous prom. The relatively small orchestra played well and I would love to hear them again in Sibelius. Sadly the prom on August 20th which was to have been conducted by the late Sir Colin Davies will now go ahead under Daniel Harding and be in his memory. But why has the Sibelius second been replaced by Elgar's second? The Elgar is a fine piece but Davies was a great Sibelian. One wonders just who make these decisions.--kp

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 03, 2013 4:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Presumably because Elgar 2 is in its own way a memorial tribute (to Edward VII), and they felt that the triumphant mood of Sib 2 would have been insensitive. So why not Sibelius 4? My guess is: BOS (Bums On Seats).

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 03, 2013 8:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Andrew B wrote:
Presumably because Elgar 2 is in its own way a memorial tribute (to Edward VII), and they felt that the triumphant mood of Sib 2 would have been insensitive. So why not Sibelius 4? My guess is: BOS (Bums On Seats).


My thoughts exactly, why not 4 or 6--kp

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