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BBC National Orchestra of Wales - Sibelius, Elgar

Jac van Steen conducts the BBC NOW and Chorus. Sibelius: Tapiola. Sibelius: Violin Concerto (with Akiko Suwanai). Elgar: The Music Makers. (with Jane Irwin: mezzo-soprano).

From St David's Hall, Cardiff

Presented by Nicola Heywood Thomas

Japanese violinist Akiko Suwanai performs Sibelius's fiendishly difficult concerto in a programme that opens with the composer's last major work, the symphonic poem Tapiola. Elgar's reflective cantata, The Music Makers, featuring chorus and mezzo-soprano, ends the concert.

Sibelius turned to Tapio, the Finnish god of the forests, to inspire his final symphonic poem, which evokes the dark woods and forest sprites of his homeland. The composer's violin concerto is one of the most technically demanding in the repertoire and shows his understanding of the instrument that he once dreamed of playing professionally. Elgar composed his cantata The Music Makers during a dark period in his life and the piece has a reflective character, quoting extensively from his earlier works.

Sibelius: Tapiola
Sibelius: Violin Concerto
Elgar: The Music Makers

Akiko Suwanai (violin)
Jane Irwin (mezzo-soprano)
BBC National Orchestra of Wales
BBC National Chorus of Wales
Jac van Steen (conductor).

2 hours

Music Played

  • Jean Sibelius

    Tapiola - tone poem Op.112

    Conductor: Jac van Steen Performer: BBC National Orchestra of Wales

  • Jean Sibelius

    Concerto in D minor Op.47 for violin and orchestra

    Conductor: Jac van Steen Performer: Akiko Suwanai - Violin Performer: BBC National Orchestra of Wales

  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Sonata no. 3 in C major BWV.1005 for violin solo

    Performer: Akiko Suwanai - Violin

  • Edward Elgar

    The Music makers Op.69

    Conductor: Jac van Steen Performer: Jane Irwin - Mezzo-soprano Performer: BBC National Chorus of Wales Performer: BBC National Orchestra of Wales

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