Tag Archives: Sibelius

A love letter from Berlin as Barenboim and the Staatskapelle make Elgar their own

Prom 2: Barenboim/Staatskapelle Berlin **** Nobilmente (It.). Nobly, in a noble style. As a musical term, it’s almost exclusively associated with the works of Sir Edward Elgar, who first employed it in his piano transcription of the Enigma Variations. The score to his Symphony no. … 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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Prom 43: Saturation point as Vänskä draws Sibelius cycle to a close

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 … Continue reading

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A bumpy ride: thrills and spills in the LSO’s Sibelius and Berlioz

Sibelius/Berlioz: LSO/Heras-Casado *** Barbican, 28th June 2015 Fire and ice. When the cool, steely tone of Joshua Bell’s ‘Huberman’ Stradivarius met the feverish impetuosity of Pablo Heras-Casado at the helm of the London Symphony Orchestra  for the final leg of … Continue reading

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Impish Shostakovich and epic Sibelius from Yuja Wang, MTT and the LSO

Shostakovich/Sibelius :LSO/ Tilson Thomas **** Barbican Hall, 15th March 2015 Ahead of its US tour with Michael Tilson Thomas, the London Symphony Orchestra flexed its muscles in a display of orchestral strength on home turf in the Barbican. Thursday’s concert, … Continue reading

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