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BBC National Orchestra of Wales - Sibelius, Elgar

Duration:
2 hours
First broadcast:
Sunday 19 February 2012

From St David's Hall, Cardiff

Presented by Nicola Heywood Thomas

Japanese violinist Akiko Suwanai performs Sibelius's fiendishly difficult concerto in a programme that opens with the composer's last major work, the symphonic poem Tapiola. Elgar's reflective cantata, The Music Makers, featuring chorus and mezzo-soprano, ends the concert.

Sibelius turned to Tapio, the Finnish god of the forests, to inspire his final symphonic poem, which evokes the dark woods and forest sprites of his homeland. The composer's violin concerto is one of the most technically demanding in the repertoire and shows his understanding of the instrument that he once dreamed of playing professionally. Elgar composed his cantata The Music Makers during a dark period in his life and the piece has a reflective character, quoting extensively from his earlier works.

Sibelius: Tapiola
Sibelius: Violin Concerto
Elgar: The Music Makers

Akiko Suwanai (violin)
Jane Irwin (mezzo-soprano)
BBC National Orchestra of Wales
BBC National Chorus of Wales
Jac van Steen (conductor).

Music Played

4 items
Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes
  • Image for Jean Sibelius

    Jean Sibelius Tapiola - tone poem Op.112

    Conductor: Jac van Steen Performer: BBC National Orchestra of Wales

  • Image for Jean Sibelius

    Jean Sibelius Concerto in D minor Op.47 for violin and orchestra

    Conductor: Jac van Steen Performer: Akiko Suwanai - Violin Performer: BBC National Orchestra of Wales

  • Image for Johann Sebastian Bach

    Johann Sebastian Bach Sonata no. 3 in C major BWV.1005 for violin solo

    Performer: Akiko Suwanai - Violin

  • Image for Sir Edward Elgar

    Sir Edward Elgar The Music makers Op.69

    Conductor: Jac van Steen Performer: Jane Irwin - Mezzo-soprano Performer: BBC National Chorus of Wales Performer: BBC National Orchestra of Wales

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