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
Sibelius - Finlandia
Beethoven - Violin Concerto
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.