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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.

c. 8.30
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.

2 hours, 30 minutes

Music Played

  • Part 1

    • Jean Sibelius

      The Oceanides Op. 73

      Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Sakari Oramo.
    • Alexander von Zemlinsky

      Maeterlinck Songs op. 13

      Performer: Anne Sofie von Otter (mezzo-soprano). Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Sakari Oramo.
  • Interval

    • Carl Nielsen

      3 Pieces Op.59 for piano

      Performer: Leif Ove Andsnes.
      • Nielsen - Piano Pieces (Leif Ove Andsnes).
      • Virgin Classics.
      • 45129.
    • Trad.

      Three bridal pieces from Sonderho

      Ensemble: Gáman.
      • Early & Late.
      • Dacapo.
      • 6220640.
  • Part 2

    • Maurice Ravel

      Le Tombeau de Couperin (vers. for orchestra)

      Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Sakari Oramo.
    • Carl Nielsen

      Symphony No. 4 Op.29 'the inextinguishable'

      Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Sakari Oramo.
  • Post concert

    • Johann Sebastian Bach

      Come Ye Troubled Sinners from Cantata no.30

      Performer: Anne Sofie von Otter. Ensemble: Concerto Copenhagen. Conductor: Lars Ulrik Mortensen.
      • Anne Sophie von Otter sings Bach Arias.
      • Archiv.
      • 4777467.
    • Alban Berg

      Seven Early Songs

      Performer: Anne Sofie von Otter. Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic. Conductor: Claudio Abbado.
      • Berg: Sieben frühe Lieder.
      • Deutsche Grammophon.
      • 4458462.
    • Jean Sibelius

      Finlandia - Hymn

      Choir: Jubilate Choir. Conductor: Astrid Riska.
      • Sibelius - Works for Mixed Choir a cappella.
      • Bis.
      • BISCD825.

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Performer BBC Symphony Orchestra

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