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17 Aug 2015, Royal Albert Hall
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Proms 2015 Prom 43: Sibelius – Symphonies Nos. 5, 6 & 7

Prom 43: Sibelius – Symphonies Nos. 5, 6 & 7
Prom 43: Sibelius – Symphonies Nos. 5, 6 & 7
19:30 Mon 17 Aug 2015 Royal Albert Hall
Osmo Vänskä conducts the BBC Symphony Orchestra in the final instalment of the Proms Sibelius symphonies cycle, with performances of the Fifth, Sixth and Seventh Symphonies.
Osmo Vänskä conducts the BBC Symphony Orchestra in the final instalment of the Proms Sibelius symphonies cycle, with performances of the Fifth, Sixth and Seventh Symphonies.

Programme

      • Symphony No 5 in E flat major(32 mins)
        • interval
        • Symphony No 6 in D minor(27 mins)
        • Symphony No 7 in C major(22 mins)

    Performers

    Composers

    About this event

    Who better to bring this year’s cycle of Sibelius symphonies to a close than Finnish conductor Osmo Vänskä, with one exceptional cycle already completed on disc and another currently under way. ‘These symphonies of mine are more confessions of faith than are my other works,’ wrote Sibelius, but the later symphonies were hard-won confessions in which the composer’s creativity struggled with self-doubt and hostile critics. The results, however, are exceptional, from the soaring horn-led ‘Swan Hymn’ of the Fifth to the innocent beauty of the Sixth to the single-movement Seventh, with its total symphonic unity and an ending that has been called ‘the grandest celebration of C major there ever was’.