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Minnesota Orchestra - Aho, Crusell, Stravinsky, Strauss

2 hours, 15 minutes
First broadcast:
Tuesday 08 December 2009

Presented by Petroc Trelawny.

First of two concerts given as part of an exclusive series of performances on BBC Radio 3 by one of North America's great orchestras - the Minnesota Orchestra.

There is a strong Finnish flavour to the concert, as music director Osmo Vanska conducts works by two composers also born in his native country. With a new work by Kalevi Aho, a favourite of Vanska's, as well as one by early 19th-century composer and clarinettist Bernhard Henrik Crusell, whose Clarinet Concerto No 2 is performed by principal clarinet of the Minnesota orchestra Burt Hara.

Two orchestral works forged from operas by their composers complete the programme: Stravinsky's Song of the Nightingale, a symphonic poem with music from his opera based on a fairy tale by Hans Christian Anderson, and Richard Strauss's reworking of some of the best tunes from his comic blockbuster Rosenkavalier, suffused with a lush romanticism and the Viennese Waltz.

Burt Hara (clarinet)
Minnesota Orchestra
Osmo Vanska (conductor)

Kalevi Aho: Minea (world premiere)
Crusell: Clarinet Concerto No 2
Stravinsky: The Song of the Nightingale
Strauss: Suite (Der Rosenkavalier)

Followed by a focus on Sing Hallelujah, a UK-wide celebration of choral singing inspired by Handel's famous chorus.


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