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Nielsen's Inextinguishable with Simon Rattle

Live from the Barbican Hall in London, Sir Simon Rattle conducts the London Symphony Orchestra in Sibelius's Symphony No 7 and Nielsen's Symphony No 4, 'The Inextinguishable'.

Sir Simon Rattle brings together three harrowing and mournful pieces in this tragic tour-de-force.

The concert opens with Sibelius unconventional Symphony No 7, described by Sir Simon Rattle as ‘almost like a scream.’

The LSO is joined by Canadian soprano Barbara Hannigan for Hans Abrahamsen's "Let me tell you" The Danish composer was inspired to write this song cycle by the 2008 novel of the same title by the writer Paul Griffiths, telling the tale of Ophelia from Shakespeare's Hamlet.

The violence of WW1 is reflected in Nielsen’s energetic Symphony No 4, but the work contains a redemptive and hopeful quality which the composer described as ‘the elemental will to live’, or ‘the inextinguishable’.

Introduced by Martin Handley.

Jean Sibelius: Symphony no. 7 in C major Op.105
Hans Abrahamsen (1952): let me tell you for soprano and orchestra

INTERVAL

Carl Nielsen: Symphony no. 4 Op.29 (The Inextinguishable)

Tune in tomorrow after the BBC Singers concert to hear Esmeralda Conde Ruiz's The other ocean, performed by The Fretful Federation Mandolin Orchestra, Brighton as part of the Adopt a Composer scheme from Making Music.

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