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Proms 2017 Prom 51: Sibelius, Saint-Saens and Elgar–Payne

Prom 51
Prom 51: Sibelius, Saint-Saens and Elgar–Payne
19:30 Tue 22 Aug 2017 Royal Albert Hall
This year’s Elgar cycle concludes with the originally unfinished Third Symphony. The concert also features the vivid, descriptive miniatures of Sibelius’s Scènes historiques and Saint-Saëns’s brilliantly youthful Second Piano Concerto.
This year’s Elgar cycle concludes with the originally unfinished Third Symphony. The concert also features the vivid, descriptive miniatures of Sibelius’s Scènes historiques and Saint-Saëns’s brilliantly youthful Second Piano Concerto.

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This year’s cycle of Elgar symphonies concludes with the unfinished Third Symphony. Elaborated and completed by composer Anthony Payne from the sketches Elgar left at his death, the music heard here is as much Payne as it is Elgar, a symphony of chivalric swagger and surging power that Payne himself has described as ‘different in its sheer breadth of emotion from any of Elgar’s other symphonic works’.

The swagger continues in the insouciant virtuosity of Saint-Saëns’s Second Piano Concerto, performed here by soloist Javier Perianes, and the concert opens with the patriotic musical miniatures of Sibelius’s Scènes historiques, marking the centenary of Finnish independence.

Image: Javier Perianes © Josep Molina

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