- Richard Strauss 1864–1949
Also sprach Zarathustra (Thus Spake Zarathustra) (32 mins)
Four Last Songs (Vier Letzte Lieder) (22 mins)
- Anne Schwanewilms soprano
- Kaija Saariaho b.1952
Laterna magicaUK premiere (22 mins)
- SibeliusJean Sibelius 1865–1957
Symphony No. 7 in C major Symphony No. 7 in C major, Op 105 (23 mins)
About this event
Making his Proms debut as the BBC Philharmonic's Chief Conductor, Juanjo Mena explores Strauss the impatient visionary, whose Also sprach Zarathustra was famously used on the soundtrack of Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey. Strauss's Four Last Songs exude a sense of calm resignation suffused with autumn light.
After the interval, a major UK premiere from Kaija Saariaho, whose own music is lit by atmosphere and mood. Inspired by the autobiography of Ingmar Bergman, the Swedish film director, Laterna magica includes sections in which players whisper extracts over an instrumental murmur. To conclude, the hard-won luminescence of Sibelius's (unintended) symphonic farewell.
Discover the music Download a 3 minute guide to Sibelius's Symphony No.7