BBC Symphony Orchestra - Sibelius, Zemlinsky, Ravel, Nielsen
From the Barbican, BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by Sakari Oramo. Sibelius: The Oceanides. Zemlinsky: Maeterlinck Songs. Ravel: Le tombeau de Couperin. Nielsen: Symphony No 4.
Live from the Barbican
Presented by Petroc Trelawny.
Sakari Oramo conducts the BBC Symphony Orchestra in Nielsen's 4th Symphony, The Inextinguishable. Celebrated Swedish mezzo Anne Sofie von Otter sings Zemlinsky's Maeterlinck Songs.
Sibelius: The Oceanides, Op. 73
Zemlinsky: Maeterlinck Songs, Op. 13
c. 8.10pm: Interval - Petroc Trelawny talks to Professor Daniel Grimley and Sakari Oramo about Nielsen's 4th Symphony, and where this, arguably his best-loved symphony, sits within the six symphonies the composer penned.
Ravel: Le Tombeau de Couperin
Nielsen: Symphony No. 4 (The Inextinguishable)
Anne Sofie von Otter (mezzo-soprano)
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Sakari Oramo (conductor)
Perhaps Nielsen's best-loved symphony, 'The Inextinguishable' seems to encapsulate all that is greatest in his music, in its thrilling dynamism and gripping drama. Written in 1914 as Europe plunged into the First World War, the symphony was, in Nielsen's words, a defiant expression of 'the elemental will to life' in the face of unprecedented destruction. Composed that same year, Ravel's Le Tombeau de Couperin turns to the glories of France's musical past for solace, while Sibelius's The Oceanides evokes classical myth in a tone-poem of mesmerising tension. Anne Sofie von Otter joins the orchestra for Zemlinsky's ravishing settings of six poems by the symbolist Maurice Maeterlinck.