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Proms 2015 Prom 40: Sibelius – Symphonies Nos. 1 & 2

Prom 40: Sibelius – Symphonies Nos. 1 & 2
Prom 40: Sibelius – Symphonies Nos. 1 & 2
19:30 Sat 15 Aug 2015 Royal Albert Hall
The BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra celebrates Sibelius’s 150th anniversary with a programme comprising his 'Finlandia' and Symphonies Nos. 1 & 2.
The BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra celebrates Sibelius’s 150th anniversary with a programme comprising his 'Finlandia' and Symphonies Nos. 1 & 2.

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Celebrations for Sibelius’s 150th anniversary continue with a complete symphony cycle, launched by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and its new Chief Conductor Designate, Thomas Dausgaard. The First Symphony is prefaced by the nationalistic tone-poem Finlandia, its singing central melody composed with an ear to mass appeal as well as to political protest. The First Symphony is no apprentice work; although drawing on the legacy of Tchaikovsky and Brahms, Sibelius created something distinctively and evocatively Nordic. Still more sophisticated is the Second, often heard as a musical shout of grief and rage at Russian oppression.