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Midnight Sun

Conductor John Storgards brings from his home in Lapland the phenomenal natural beauty of the Arctic, inspiration here for composers Outi Tarkiainen and Kalevi Aho.

Conductor John Storgards brings from his home in Lapland the phenomenal natural beauty of the Arctic, inspiration here for composers Outi Tarkiainen and Kalevi Aho.

Live from the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester
Presented by Tom Redmond

Kalevi Aho: Theremin Concerto "Eight Seasons" (UK premiere)

8.05
Music Interval

Outi Tarkiainen: Midnight Sun Variations
Shostakovich: Symphony No.12 "The Year 1917"

Carolina Eyck (Theremin)
BBC Philharmonic
John Storgards (conductor)

The BBC Philharmonic's Chief Guest Conductor, John Storgards brings music from his Lapland home to Manchester. Outi Tarkiainen's "Midnight Sun Variations" immerses us in the light of the arctic tundra on a Summer's night, in the least polluted part of Europe, and amongst dense mysterious forests. Summer moves towards the mists of Autumn, she says, the time of year her first baby was born, the parting of mother and child restoring her former self. Kalevi Aho's Theremin Concerto, written for Carolina Eyck, widely considered the world's leading exponent of the instrument, also takes its inspiration from the natural world. The native Sami of Lapland divide the year into eight seasons which become the eight movements of the piece and the unique sound-world portrays different snow landscapes, the mists of Autumn and the last section of the piece is titled "Midnight Sun". The third movement of Shostakovich's Twelfth Symphony is headed "Aurora" but we move in a completely different direction here; this was the name of the battleship whose first shots at the Winter Palace heralded the start of the 1917 Revolution. Dedicated to Lenin this is perhaps Shostakovich's most filmic Symphony and graphically depicts the events of the Revolution.

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2 hours, 28 minutes

Music Played

  • Kalevi Aho

    Theramin Concerto "Eight Seasons"

    Orchestra: BBC Philharmonic. Conductor: John Storgårds.
  • Modest Mussorgsky

    Sunless

    Performer: Sergei Petrovich Leiferkus. Performer: Semion Skigin.
  • Outi Tarkiainen

    Midnight Sun Variations

    Orchestra: BBC Philharmonic. Conductor: John Storgårds.
  • Dmitry Shostakovich

    Symphony No 12 "The Year 1917"

    Orchestra: BBC Philharmonic. Conductor: John Storgårds.
  • Franz Liszt

    Benediction de Dieu dans la solitude (Harmonies poétiques et religieuses, S. 173 No. 3)

    Performer: Mariam Batsashvili.
  • Franz Liszt

    Hungarian Rhapsody No13, S244 no 13

    Performer: Mariam Batsashvili.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Concerto in D minor BWV 974

    Performer: Mariam Batsashvili.

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