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Prom 20: Pekka Kuusisto and the BBC SSO

Live at the BBC Proms. Thomas Dausgaard conducts the BBC SSO in Sibelius's Symphony No 5 in E flat and, with Pekka Kuusisto, the composer's Violin Concerto in D minor.

Live at BBC Proms: BBC SSO and Thomas Dausgaard plus Pekka Kuusisto. Sibelius' Violin Concerto and Fifth Symphony performed with special Finnish folk music introductions.

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London
Presented by Kate Molleson

Trad: Finnish Folk Music
Sibelius: Violin Concerto

8.15 Interval
Proms Plus Talk: Kate Molleson talks to Radio 3 New Generation Thinker Leah Broad and Professor Daniel Grimley about the music in tonight's concert.

8.35
Trad: Finnish Folk Music
Sibelius: Symphony No. 5 (original version, 1915)

Pekka Kuusisto (violin)
Taito Hoffrén (singer)
Ilona Korhonen (singer)
Minna-Liisa Tammela (singer)
Vilma Timonen (kantele)
Timo Alakotila (harmonium)
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Thomas Dausgaard (conductor)

Violinist Pekka Kuusisto memorably set the entire Proms audience singing a Finnish folk song in 2016. Now he returns for a Prom joined by fellow Finnish folk musicians, which sprinkles rustic Finnish folk music among two pinnacles of Finnish orchestral sophistication: Sibelius’s great Romantic Violin Concerto (with Kuusisto as soloist) and his Fifth Symphony – a work suffused with light and autumnal warmth.

Thomas Dausgaard conducts the symphony’s original, four-movement version, allowing a glimpse into the creative process of a work that Sibelius revised over a period of four years.

14 days left to listen

2 hours, 29 minutes

Music Played

  • Jean Sibelius

    Violin Concerto in D minor

    Performer: Pekka Kuusisto. Orchestra: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra.
  • Jean Sibelius

    Humoresque No. 4, Op. 89 No. 2 in G minor

    Performer: Pekka Kuusisto. Orchestra: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra.
  • Jean Sibelius

    Symphony No 5 in E flat major

    Orchestra: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Thomas Dausgaard.
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams

    English Folk Song Suite

    Music Arranger: Gordon Jacob. Orchestra: Academy of St Martin in the Fields. Conductor: Neville Marriner.
    • DECCA.
  • Malcolm Arnold

    Four Scottish Dances (Scottish Waltz)

    Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra. Conductor: Bryden Thomson.
    • Malcolm Arnold: Dances: Philharmonia, Thomson.
    • Chandos.
    • 11.

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