BBC Symphony Orchestra
15 Dec 2016, Barbican, London
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BBC Symphony Orchestra & Chorus 2016-17 season Gerald Finley sings Saariaho's True Fire

BBC Symphony Orchestra
Gerald Finley sings Saariaho's True Fire
19:30 Thu 15 Dec 2016 Barbican, London
Two Russian blockbusters frame the UK premiere of True Fire: a new commission specially written for Barbican featured artist Gerald Finley.
Two Russian blockbusters frame the UK premiere of True Fire: a new commission specially written for Barbican featured artist Gerald Finley.

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Prokofiev said that his Fifth Symphony depicted ‘the greatness of the human spirit’. It’s a gripping climax to a concert that begins with Tchaikovsky’s star-crossed romance, and features Kaija Saariaho’s ravishing True Fire, performed by its dedicatee.

Saariaho’s music combines intense emotion with a shimmering, visionary sonic beauty, and this setting of poetry by Emerson and Seamus Heaney was created with the intelligence and burnished tone of Finley’s singing very much in mind. The results are both surprising, and exquisitely lovely: ’This is a profound, important work‘, declared the LA Times at last year’s world premiere.

Please not: this concert will now be conducted by Sakari Oramo and not Santtu-Matias Rouvali, as originally advertised.

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