BBC Symphony Orchestra - Sibelius, Rachmaninov, Foulds, Nielsen
From the Barbican, BBC Symphony Orchestra/Sakari Oramo. Sibelius: Tapiola. Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No 4 (with Denis Kozhukhin). Foulds: April-England. Nielsen: Symphony No 6.
Live from the Barbican
Presented by Fiona Talkington
Sakari Oramo and the BBC Symphony Orchestra conclude their acclaimed Nielsen Symphonies cycle with the enigmatic Sixth. Plus Rachmaninov's Fourth Piano Concerto with Denis Kozhukhin. We hear an evocation of forest spirits in Sibelius's Tapiola and John Foulds's paean to the raw vitality of spring.
Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 4
c. 8.25pm Interval: ***
Foulds: April - England
Nielsen: Symphony No. 6 'Sinfonia semplice'
Denis Kozhukhin (piano)
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Sakari Oramo (conductor)
In his Sixth Symphony Nielsen set out to express the 'completely idyllic', but the idyll is infiltrated by irony, violence and doubt as the composer's health failed.