Proms 2012 Prom 5: Strauss, Saariaho & Sibelius Prom 5: Strauss, Saariaho & Sibelius

Prom 5: Strauss, Saariaho & Sibelius


19:30 Tuesday 17 Jul 2012 Royal Albert Hall

  • Richard Strauss 1864–1949
  • Also sprach Zarathustra (Thus Spake Zarathustra) (32 mins)
  • Four Last Songs (Vier Letzte Lieder) (22 mins)
  • Kaija Saariaho b.1952
  • Laterna magica
    UK 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


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