Tag Archives: Sakari Oramo

Age cannot wither her: Cleopatra reigns in sumptuous Florent Schmitt score

Schmitt: Antoine et Cléopâtre ***** BBCSO/Oramo, Barbican, 4th October 2016 The glut of Shakespeare400 celebrations have seen the usual suspects wheeled out in musical celebration of the Bard – Mendelssohn’s Dream, Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet and Verdi’s Falstaff leading the pack. … Continue reading

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A haunting, poignant Proms opener from the BBCSO and Sakari Oramo

Prom 1: Sol Gabetta; BBCSO/Sakari Oramo **** Royal Albert Hall, 15th July 2016 At the Last Night of the Proms, a colourful sea of flags billow in the Arena of the Royal Albert Hall. For the First Night of the … Continue reading

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Prom 58 “The silence speaks”: A gripping Kullervo

Sibelius: BBCSO/Oramo **** Royal Albert Hall, 29th August 2015 After a lacklustre trio of concerts traversing the seven symphonies, Sibelius’ 150th anniversary celebrations at the Proms peaked with a gripping encounter with Kullervo, his early, category-defying epic based on the … Continue reading

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Genial Nielsen from the BBC SO and Sakari Oramo

BBC Symphony Orchestra/Sakari Oramo *** Barbican, 16th January 2015 My introduction to Carl Nielsen was an interval feature on a television Proms broadcast, presented by comedian Alexei Sayle. It opened with photographs featuring the young Nielsen pulling grotesque gargoyle-like faces, … Continue reading

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