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Sakari Oramo Sibelius Cycle: Symphonies 2 and 7

The BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chief Conductor Sakari Oramo conclude their Sibelius cycle with Symphonies 2 and 7. Soprano Anu Komsi solos in Sibelius's soaring, intense Luonnotar.

The BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chief Conductor Sakari Oramo conclude their Sibelius cycle with Symphonies 2 and 7. Soprano Anu Komsi solos in Sibelius's soaring, intense Luonnotar, and fellow Finnish composer Aarre Merikanto's equally daring 'Ekho', a portrait of the doomed love of Echo for Narcissus.

Recorded at the Barbican Hall on Saturday 6th January
Presented by Martin Handley

Sibelius: Symphony No 7 in C, Op 105
Sibelius: Luonnotar Op 70 *

8.00
Interval. Martin Handley talks to Sibelius expert Leah Broad of Oxford University.

8.20
Aarre Merikanto: Ekho*
Sibelius: Symphony No 2 in D, Op 43

Anu Komsi (soprano)
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Sakari Oramo (conductor)

Twenty-five years separate Sibelius's Second and Seventh symphonies, but that hardly hints at the growth in his musical style - No 2 rich, romantic and the work that sealed his international reputation; No 7 a powerful study, in one movement, of organic musical growth. Together, they conclude Sakari Oramo's Sibelius symphony cycle with the BBC Symphony Orchestra. Luonnotar (1913) from mid-way between the two is a magical creation-story for soprano and orchestra and finds Anu Komsi the soloist - in a work premiered in Gloucester. no less! Aarre Merikanto's Ekho (1922), a perfect, beautiful work makes an ideal partner to Luonnotar - and Komsi is a superb exponent of this vocally taxing score, having already made a magnificent recording of the piece.

2 hours, 30 minutes

Music Played

  • Jean Sibelius

    Symphony No.7 in C Op.105

    Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Sakari Oramo.
  • Jean Sibelius

    Luonnotar Op.70

    Singer: Anu Komsi. Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Sakari Oramo.
  • Jean Sibelius

    Scaramouche Op.71 (Act 1 Scene i)

    Orchestra: Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Neeme Järvi.
  • Jean Sibelius

    Scaramouche Op.71 (Act 1 Scene V)

    Orchestra: Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Neeme Järvi.
  • Jean Sibelius

    Scaramouche Op.71 (Act 2 Scene x)

    Orchestra: Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Neeme Järvi.
  • Aarre Merikanto

    Ekho

    Singer: Anu Komsi. Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Sakari Oramo.
  • Jean Sibelius

    Symphony No.2 in D Op.43

    Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Sakari Oramo.
  • Eero Grundström

    Impivaara

    Ensemble: Sväng.
    • Karja-La.
    • Galileo.
    • 8.
  • Jean Sibelius

    Kyllikki - Three Lyric Pieces for piano, Op 41

    Performer: Glenn Gould.
    • Columbia.

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