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PostPosted: Sat Apr 25, 2015 1:01 pm    Post subject: SIBELIUS AT PROMS 2015 Reply with quote

Sibelius gets a fairly good showing at the Promenade Concerts 2015.

Friday 17th July [first night] includes 'Belshazzar's Feast' Suite cond. by Oramo.

Saturday 15th August Symphonies 1 and 2 plus Finlandia cond. by Thomas Dausgaard.

Sunday August 16th Symphonies 3 and 4 plus violin concerto cond. by Volkov. Soloist Julian Rachlin.

Monday 17th August Symphonies 5, 6 and 7 cond. by Vanska with BBC SO.

Friday 21st August Tapiola cond. Oramo

Saturday 29th August En saga and Kullervo cond. Oramo

Hope to hear as many of these concerts as possible Very Happy kp

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 26, 2015 8:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you for posting these! The BBC put the concerts online for a month after the performance, if I remember correctly? If so, I'll certainly make a note to listen to them. All seven symphonies in three days--what a weekend!
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 27, 2015 8:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

World Violist wrote:
Thank you for posting these! The BBC put the concerts online for a month after the performance, if I remember correctly? If so, I'll certainly make a note to listen to them. All seven symphonies in three days--what a weekend!


Nice one. Its good that Osmo Vanska is directing the last three symphonies. Pity that the Minnesota Orchestra is not coming over as originally planned. However the BBC SO should be on form. I believe that they will appear at the Lahti Sibelius fest. this year with Sakari Oramo--kp

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 06, 2015 9:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I see that Prom 42 [16th August] features a new work by Michael Finnissy [B. 1946] sandwiched between Sibelius symphonies 3 and violin concerto and No.4. The new piece is 'Janne' of which the composer tells us is an imaginary portrait of the child Sibelius, violin in hand, wondering what he was going to be when he grew up. In the BBC Proms Official Guide to the 2015 Proms the composer mentions Constant Lamberts 1934 book 'Music Ho' in which Lambert proclaimed that the future of English symphonic writing lay with Sibelius. Finnissy remarked 'It didn't quite turn out that way. But what if he'd been right?'
I have to disagree with Mr. Finnissy here, at any rate in a British context. I decided to list those symphonists for whom Sibelius seems to have had a substantial impact.

William Walton [1902-1983]
Ernest Moeran [1894-1950]
Vaughan Williams [1872-1958]
Malcolm Arnold [1921-2006]
Robert Simpson [1921-2006]
Colin Matthews [b. 1946]
Peter Maxwell Davies [b. 1943]
David Matthews [b. 1943]
Matthew Taylor [b. 1964]
Edmund Rubbra [1901-1986]
William Alwyn [1905-1985]
Richard Arnell [1917-2009]
Alan Hoddinott [1929-2008]
Daniel Jones [1912-1993]
George Benjamin [b. 1960]
Thomas Ades [b. 1971]
Arnold Bax [1883-1953]
Granville Bantock [1868-1946]
Arthur Butterworth [1923-2014]

Quite an impressive list. The above composers are not Sibelius clones, but I feel sure that the work of Jean Sibelius has impacted on their creative work.--kp

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 21, 2015 9:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I heard Sibelius's Suite 'Belshazzar's Feast' on the BBC 2 relay of the first night. Superb performance by the BBC SO under Sakari Oramo. The principle flute player was outstanding. This music shows that Sibelius is not anchored in the frozen North! Nielsen's Overture to 'Maskarade' opened the concert in fine style--kp

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 21, 2015 9:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I managed to hear all three concerts of the Sibelius Symphony Cycle over three evenings.

After a powerful 'Finlandia ' the First Symphony followed. For me this was the outstanding performance of the evening from Danish conductor Thomas Dausgaard. From that lonely clarinet introduction, the strings entered with enormous urgency and set the seal on a masterly interpretation through to the final pizzicato's ending the fourth movement. The Second Symphony went well enough, if not reaching the exalted heights of No.1

Ilan Volkov on the Sunday evening gave performances of No3 and 4 plus violin concerto again with the BBC Scottish SO. I was greatly impressed with the Third Symphony. The lovely middle movement brought memories back of Kajanus, Volkov adopting a slow and measured pace. Julian Rachlins account of the evergreen Violin Concerto was spellbinding but I am still pondering the premiere of Michael Finnissy's 'Janne' in the composers words 'an imaginary portrait of the child Sibelius, violin in hand, wondering what he was going to be when he grew up'. Interesting piece, but to my ears certainly not Sibelian. Strong account of the Fourth Symphony, if not exceptional.

On the Monday evening the final Three Symphonies with the BBC SO under Finn Osmo Vanska. Comparisons with Sir Simon Rattles recent traverse through these masterworks produces few insights. Vanska of course is arguably the greatest Sibelius conductor alive today. No's 5 and 6 were splendid, though I still think that the maestro is marginally to fast in the final movement of No.6. The Seventh was one of the finest accounts that I have ever heard. Vanska has penetrated this great work as few have done. Take the fast string passages leading up to the second appearance of the trombone theme--absolutely fantastic in precision and energy and Kurki will be pleased to know that final Cmajor chord at the very end of the work was held for just a fraction compared to Leonard Bernstein's VPO live recording! Three great concerts--kp

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The Sibelius 150 celebrations at the Proms came to the final concert last Saturday evening. The BBC SO was under its chief conductor Sakari Oramo. 'En saga' opened the concert. Following the premiere of Kullervo in 1892, conductor Robert Kajanus had approached Sibelius for an orchestral work that he hoped would become a popular repertory piece and the result was En saga. Kajanus must have been staggered when he received the score. We heard a vivid performance under Oramo, idiomatic and full of drama. The clarinet solo at the end was excellent. The interval talk was interesting with Daniel Grimley and Andrew Mellor discussing the various influences on the Kullervo Symphony. Apart from Bruckner, Beethoven and Tchaikovsky, Janacek was mentioned. So to the performance of Kullervo. The orchestra was joined by soloists Johanna Rusanen-Kartano and Waltteri Torikka with BBC Symphony Chorus [men's voices] and from Finland the Polytech Choir. I first heard Kullervo live back in 1997 at the Barbican with the LSO under the late great Sir Colin Davies. I also have many recordings of the work. The Proms account was one of the best that I have heard. The work really is a masterpiece! If this epic piece shows the path that the composer did not take, it certainly contains the seeds of much that was to follow. The fourth movement I thought especially magnificent, Kullervo going to war with quite a bounce in his step. This performance was a fitting conclusion to Sibelius 150 at the Proms 2015-- Very Happy kp

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