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BBC SSO - Sibelius, Beethoven

Live from City Halls, Glasgow, BBC SSO under Donald Runnicles. Sibelius: Finlandia; Symphony No 7. Beethoven: Violin Concerto (soloist: Alina Pogostkina); Leonore Overture No 3.

Live from the City Halls, Glasgow

The BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and Chief Conductor Donald Runnicles perform Beethoven and Sibelius.

Presented by Jamie MacDougall

7.30pm
Sibelius - Finlandia
Beethoven - Violin Concerto

8.20pm
Interval

8.40pm
Sibelius - Symphony No 7
Beethoven - Leonore Overture No. 3

Alina Pogostkina (Violin)
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Donald Runnicles (conductor)

Beethoven and Sibelius were two supreme masters, separated by a century, but both set alight by the unbreakable power of the human spirit. Sibelius's stirring hymn to freedom starts the concert before Beethoven's lyrical Violin Concerto of 1806 is brought to life by Alina Pogostkina who is praised for her deeply moving performances. In the second half, Sibelius's 7th Symphony is arguably the greatest symphony since those of Beethoven. A single movement piece, taken as a vindication of a new symphonic form, it is in the eye of the beholder to decide if it is the "grandest ever c major ending", or the most "painfully inconclusive". But at the end of the concert Beethoven's Leonore Overture certainly drives the C major ending triumphantly home. The BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra is conducted by their Chief Conductor, Donald Runnicles.

2 hours, 30 minutes

Music Played

  • Part 1

    • Jean Sibelius

      Finlandia Op.26

      Orchestra: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Donald Runnicles.
    • Ludwig van Beethoven

      Violin Concerto in D major Op.61

      Performer: Alina Pogostkina. Orchestra: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Donald Runnicles.
  • Interval

    • Robert Schumann

      Phantasiestucke Op.12 (selection)

      Performer: Freddy Kempf.

      Recorded 20 March 2014 at Glasgow City Halls

  • Part 2

    • Jean Sibelius

      Symphony no. 7 in C major Op.105

      Orchestra: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Donald Runnicles.
    • Ludwig van Beethoven

      Overture 'Leonore' no.3 (Op.72b)

      Orchestra: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Donald Runnicles.
  • Post concert

    • Nicolò Paganini

      La Campanella (Op. 7)

      Performer: Ning Feng. Performer: Thomas Hoppe.
      • Hello Mr. Paganini.
      • Channel Classics.
    • Jiang Li

      Celebration

      Ensemble: Heart of the Dragon Ensemble.
      • Chinese New Year’s Music.
      • Arc.
      • EUCD2055.
    • Trad

      Zou Xikou - Through the Western Pass (North Shaanxi Folk Song)

      Performer: Gong Linna.
      • Chinese Folks Songs - Gong Linna.
      • Arc.
      • EUCD2129.
    • Wu Man

      Ambushed Again

      Performer: Wu Man.
      • From a Distance - Pipa Music.
      • Naxos World.
      • 760372.
    • Fernando Lopes-Graça

      Musicas Festivas no.4: Para um 'canarito' recém-nascido

      Performer: Antonio Rosado.
      • Fernando Lopes-Graça - Músicas Festivas vol.1.
      • Portuguese CD.
      • 4.

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Performer BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

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