BBC Symphony Orchestra - Sibelius, Rachmaninov, Nielsen
From the Barbican, London, the BBC Symphony Orchestra under Sakari Oramo. Sibelius: The Dryad. Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No 3 (soloist: Federico Colli). Nielsen: Symphony No 3.
Live from the Barbican, Sakari Oramo and the BBC Symphony Orchestra continue their acclaimed cycle of Nielsen's Symphonies with No. 3. Plus the young Italian pianist Federico Colli joins the orchestra for Rachmaninov's 'fiendish' 3rd Piano Concerto.
Presented by Martin Handley
The concert begins with Sibelius's haunting overture The Dryad which gathers up moth-like fragments into a brief, halting dance. Winner of the Salzburg Mozart Competition (2011) and the Leeds International Piano Competition (2012), young Italian pianist Federico Colli shares his interpretation of Rachmaninov's "demonic" 3rd Piano Concerto. Plus soprano Lucy Hall and baritone Marcus Farnsworth join the orchestra in the spellbinding Andante pastorale of Nielsen's 'Sinfonia espansiva'. Despite its title, it's not the longest of his symphonies, its expansiveness is rather an expression of exhilarating life-force, launched as it is with a volley of 26 'A's, the key in which it eventually ends, rising into radiance.
Sibelius: The Dryad
Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto no. 3 in D minor Op.30
c. 8.15pm Interval: Music from Denmark. Niels Gade wrote the choral prayer Gebeth before he made his breakthrough as a composer. Plus Carl Nielsen's Serenata in vano - a 'humorous trifle' written in 1914 for a quintet of wind and double bass.
c. 8.35pm Second half
Nielsen: Symphony no. 3 Op.27 (Sinfonia espansiva)
Federico Colli (piano)
Lucy Hall (soprano)
Marcus Farnsworth (baritone)
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Sakari Oramo (conductor).