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Presented by Petroc Trelawny. Philharmonia/Esa-Pekka Salonen. Benjamin: Dance Figures. Stravinsky: Violin Concerto (soloist: Viktoria Mullova). Bartok: Concerto for Orchestra.

Presented by Petroc Trelawny

Viktoria Mullova joins the Philharmonia in Stravinsky's Violin Concerto, with music by George Benjamin and Bartok. Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts.

Stravinsky wrote his Violin Concerto in 1931; it is one of the masterpieces of his neoclassical style, with fast toccata-like movements separating two more lyrical arias. Bartók's great Concerto for Orchestra of 1943 was a product of his exile in New York, but is imbued with the folk melodies of his native Hungary that he spent so many years researching. The concert opens with a celebration for George Benjamin's 50th birthday year: his Dance Figures, nine choreographic sketches for orchestra dating from 2004

Viktoria Mullova, violin
Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor

Benjamin: Dance Figures

Stravinsky: Violin Concerto

Bartók: Concerto for Orchestra

Followed by recent performances by the students of the Sibelius Academy, Finland, Including music for Romantic French horn.

Song by Toivo Kuula:
Kesäyö kirkkomaalla (text V.A. Koskenniemi)
Tiina-Maija Koskela (mezzo-soprano)
Lotta Emanuelsson (piano)

Brahms; Cello Sonata No 2 in F
Tuomas Ylinen (cello)
Martti Rautio (piano)

Songs by Toivo Kuula:
Tuijotin tulehen kauan (text Eino Leino)
Suutelo (text Aarni Kouta)
Tiina-Maija Koskela (mezzo-soprano)
Lotta Emanuelsson (piano)

2 hours, 15 minutes