Sibelius: BBCSO/Vänskä ***
Royal Albert Hall, 17th August 2015
For the third and final leg of the Proms Sibelius symphony marathon, the baton was passed to Osmo Vänskä, with a change of orchestra from the BBC Scottish to the BBC Symphony. Since the death of Paavo Berglund in 2012, Vänskä is simply the finest Sibelius conductor in the world, having immersed himself in this music for decades, refining and rethinking his interpretations. After two evenings where the music-making was less than consistently inspired, hopes were high that the cycle would end strongly. These hopes weren’t entirely borne out.
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