BBC Symphony Orchestra
6 Dec 2017, Barbican, London
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BBC Symphony Orchestra & Chorus 2017-18 Season Finland Awakes

BBC Symphony Orchestra
Finland Awakes
19:30 Wed 6 Dec 2017 Barbican, London
Music from the young Sibelius to mark the centenary of Finnish Independence, ending with the First Symphony, a noble and magnificent symphonic debut.
Music from the young Sibelius to mark the centenary of Finnish Independence, ending with the First Symphony, a noble and magnificent symphonic debut.

Programme

      • Press Celebrations MusicUK Premiere
      • Cantique and Devotion
      • Symphony No 1 in E minor

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Concert Information

To mark Finnish Independence Day – on December 6 1917, Finland ended its autonomy as a Grand Duchy within Russia and became a republic – the BBC SO’s Finnish Chief Conductor offers a programme by Finland’s greatest composer. Sibelius’s Press Celebrations Music contains what would later emerge as Finlandia which soon became a defiant unofficial national anthem. Guy Johnson plays two rarities for cello and orchestra, originally written in 1915 for church use, and which share the same opus number. The BBC SO’s Sibelius’s symphony cycle continues with the powerful First from 1899, a time when the Russian Emperor was flexing his muscles at the Finnish people, giving the music an almost political charge.