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Prom 42: Sibelius - Symphonies Nos 3 and 4

A Prom in which Ilan Volkov conducts the BBC SSO. Sibelius: Symphonies Nos 3 and 4; Violin Concerto in D minor (soloist: Julian Rachlin). Michael Finnissy: Janne.

Afternoon on 3 - with Jonathan Swain.

Another chance to hear the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra continuing the Sibelius anniversary celebrations with conductor Ilan Volkov. They perform Sibelius's 2nd and 3rd Symphonies along with his Violin Concerto, with Julian Rachlin as soloist.

Presented from the Royal Albert Hall, London by Sara Mohr-Pietsch

2pm:
Sibelius: Symphony No. 3 in C major

2.30pm:
Sibelius: Violin Concerto in D minor

3.05pm:
Michael Finnissy: Janne (BBC commission: world premiere)

3.20pm:
Sibelius: Symphony No. 4 in A minor

Julian Rachlin (violin)
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Ilan Volkov (conductor)

The Proms Sibelius symphony cycle continues with the concise, intricately wrought Third and the darker Fourth - once described by conductor Herbert Blomstedt as 'an essay in trying to be happy which fails - on purpose'. These are paired with the composer's popular Violin Concerto with Lithuanian soloist Julian Rachlin. Conductor Ilan Volkov is a passionate champion of today's composers and here premieres a new 'fantasy-portrait' of Sibelius by Michael Finnissy - a composer whose increasingly direct musical voice draws particular connections to politics, society and culture.

[First broadcast on Sunday 16th August]

Followed by a selection of recordings by this week's Proms Artists.

2 hours, 30 minutes

Music Played

  • Jean [1865-1957] Sibelius

    Symphony No 3 in C Major

    Orchestra: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Ilan Volkov.
  • Jean [1865-1957] Sibelius

    Violin Concerto in D Major

    Performer: Juilan Rachlin. Orchestra: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Ilan Volkov.
  • Eugène Ysaÿe

    Sonata No 3 for solo violin

    Performer: Julian Rachlin.
  • Michael Finnissy

    Janne

    Orchestra: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Ilan Volkov.
  • Jean [1865-1957] Sibelius

    Symphony No. 4

    Orchestra: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Ilan Volkov.
  • Richard Wagner

    Lohengrin - Prelude to Act 3

    Conductor: Adrian Boult. Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra.
    • Wagner: Overtures and Preludes: Sir Adrian Boult.
    • EMI Classics.
    • 1.
  • Sergei Prokofiev

    March in B flat major, Op.99

    Orchestra: Chamber Orchestra of Europe. Conductor: Claudio Abbado.
    • Prokofiev: Peter and the Wolf: Sting/Chamber Orchestra of Europe/Abbado.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.

Credit

Role Contributor
Performer BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

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