Sakari Oramo Sibelius Cycle: Symphony No 3
Live from the Barbican, Sakari Oramo and the BBC Symphony Orchestra in Sibelius's 3rd Symphony and Schmitt's 2nd Symphony, plus Franck and Ravel with pianist Jean-Efflam Bavouzet.
Live from the Barbican. Sakari Oramo and the BBC Symphony Orchestra in Sibelius's 3rd Symphony, Schmitt's 2nd Symphony, and two concertante pieces by Franck and Ravel with Jean-Efflam Bavouzet.
Presented by Martin Handley
Florent Schmitt: Symphony No.2, Op.137
César Franck: Symphonic Variations
Maurice Ravel: Piano Concerto for the Left Hand
Jean Sibelius: Symphony No.3 in C major
Jean-Efflam Bavouzet (piano)
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Sakari Oramo (conductor)
Two symphonies written 50 years apart, and perfectly complementary, bookend two great French works for piano and orchestra played by a master.
César Franck's once hugely popular Symphonic Variations are paired with Ravel's inventive Concerto for the Left Hand, both works played by the award-winning Jean-Efflam Bavouzet, a pianist with an innate and wonderfully natural feeling for French music.
They form the heart of a programme that opens with Florent Schmitt's last work, his Second Symphony of 1957, a piece of luxuriant orchestration with a battery of percussion - a captivating follow-up to last season's performance of Schmitt's incidental music for Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra. Sibelius's Third makes a perfect complement to the Francophone tone of the programme, a work of almost classical poise and scale; another staging post in Sakari Oramo's Sibelius symphony cycle.