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BBCSSO/John Storgards

John Storgards conducts the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra in music by Nielsen, Sibelius and Musgrave. Plus Olli Mustonen performing Prokofiev's Piano Concerto No 3.

In a concert given at City Halls in Glasgow, Finnish conductor John Storgards and his countryman Olli Mustonen join the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra for a programme that begins and ends with music inspired by mythology.

The concert opens with Nielsen's Helios Overture, which depicts the sun over the Aegean Sea, followed by the idiosyncratic piano playing of Olli Mustonen in Prokofiev's Piano Concerto No 3.

To celebrate her 80th birthday, there is a short piece that Scots composer Thea Musgrave wrote especially for Sibelius' 125th Anniversary. The programme concludes with Sibelius' four Lemminkainen tone poems, based on legends from the Finnish national epic the Kalevala, originally intended as an opera on Wagnerian lines.

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
John Storgards (conductor)
Olli Mustonen (piano)

Nielsen: Helios
Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No 3
Musgrave: Song of the Enchanter
Sibelius: Lemminkainen Legends

Followed by part of a recital by Yevgeny Sudbin, featuring Scarlatti's Sonata in B minor.
City Halls, Glasgow
Rec: 11.12.08

Musgrave: The Seasons; Winter, Spring
The Musgrave, conductor
CALA CACD 1023 Tracks 8-9

2 hours, 15 minutes