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RECENT EVENTS - Prom 35: Sibelius, Walton & Sir Peter Maxwell Davies

Tuesday 12 August 2014 - 7:00 PM

Proms 2014 Prom 35 James Ehnes © Benjamin Ealovega

Scheduled end time: 9:20pm

Sir Peter Maxwell Davies
Caroline Mathilde – suite from Act 2 22'

Walton
Violin Concerto 31'

interval

Sibelius
The Swan of Tuonela 9'

Symphony No. 5 in E flat major 32'

Mary Bevan soprano
Kitty Whately mezzo-soprano

James Ehnes violin

BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Thomas Søndergård
conductor

Commissioned by Jascha Heifetz, Walton's concerto extended the possibilities of what could be achieved on the violin, while at the same time maintaining a striking intimacy and emotional directness.

Søndergård and the BBC NOW open with a suite from Sir Peter Maxwell Davies's ballet Caroline Mathilde, in which the English princess is sent to an unhappy marriage in Denmark, and continue with two great orchestral works by Sibelius.

A painting of a flight of swans hung on the wall of the composer's study, and these birds inspired both the majestic 'swan theme' apotheosis of Sibelius's Fifth Symphony and the more serene and mystical tone-poem The Swan of Tuonela.