Schumann, Kalevi Aho
Live from the Royal Festival Hall, London.
Presented by Petroc Trelawny
Osmo Vanska makes a return visit to London for this concert which includes a premiere from one of his Finnish compatriots. Schumann's lively overture to Genoveva is enduringly popular, although the rest of the opera is rearly performed. Radiant joy and intense poetry characterise recent works from the pen of Finnish composer Kalevi Aho. His style continues to adapt and evolve, but he never ceases to interest listeners and make them aware of the world in alluring and enlightening ways. Here percussionist Colin Currie unveils the new concerto called 'Sieidi' a Sami word for an offering stone or a holy rock. It is followed by the symphony Brahms thought he could never write, post-Beethoven. His First symphony opens with a broad passage pulling in opposite directions, which then steamrollers towards an angelic Andante and a grand, striding finale.
Schumann: Genoveva: overture
Kalevi Aho: Sieidi - Concerto for Solo Percussion and Orchestra (world première)
Colin Currie (percussion)
London Philharmonic Orchestra
Osmo Vänskä (conductor).