Conclusion of a Prom featuring the BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by Osmo Vanska. Sibelius: Symphony No 6 in D minor; Symphony No 7 in C.
The BBC Symphony Orchestra with Finnish conductor Osmo Vänskä, live at the BBC Proms. Sibelius's final Symphonies Nos. 5, 6 and 7.
Live from the Royal Albert Hall
Presented by Sara Mohr-Pietsch
[This Prom will be repeated on Monday 31st August at 2pm]
Sibelius: Symphony No. 5 in E flat major
Sibelius: Symphony No. 6 in D minor
Sibelius: Symphony No. 7 in C major
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Osmo Vänskä (conductor)
Who better to bring this year's cycle of Sibelius symphonies to a close than fellow countryman Osmo Vänskä, with one exceptional cycle already completed on disc and another currently under way. 'These symphonies of mine are more confessions of faith than are my other works,' wrote Sibelius, but the later symphonies were hard-won confessions in which the composer's creativity struggled with self-doubt and hostile critics. The results, however, are exceptional, from the soaring horn-led 'Swan Hymn' of the Fifth to the innocent beauty of the Sixth to the single-movement Seventh, with its total symphonic unity and an ending that has been called 'the grandest celebration of C major there ever was'.
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