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