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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

08.10
Interval

8.30
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.

2 hours, 29 minutes

Music and featured items

  • Part 1

    Duration: 56:23

  • Florent Schmitt

    Symphony No.2

    Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Sakari Oramo.
  • César Franck

    Symphonic Variations

    Performer: Jean-Efflam Bavouzet. Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra.
  • Interval

    Duration: 21:19

  • Jean Sibelius

    Barcarola Op.24/10

    Performer: Leif Ove Andsnes.
    • SONY.
  • Jean Sibelius

    Six Songs Op.50

    Singer: Katarina Karnéus. Performer: Julius Drake.
    • HELIOS.
  • Part 2

    Duration: 01:07:54

  • Maurice Ravel

    Piano Concerto for the Left Hand

    Performer: Jean-Efflam Bavouzet. Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Sakari Oramo.
  • Jean Sibelius

    Symphony No.3

    Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Sakari Oramo.
  • Post-concert

    Duration: 07:23

  • Joseph Achron

    Hebrew Melody, Op 33

    Performer: Nikolaj Znaider. Performer: Daniel Gortler.
    • Bravo! Virtuoso and Romantic Encores For Violin.
    • RCA Red Seal.

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Role Contributor
Performer BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

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