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Prom 40: Sibelius - Symphonies Nos. 1 & 2

Saturday 15 August 2015 - 7:30 PM

Thomas Dausgaard © Per Morten Abrahamsen

Approximate end time: 9:35pm

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Sibelius
Finlandia 8'

Symphony No. 1 in E minor 39'

interval

Symphony No. 2 in D major 43'

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Thomas Dausgaard
conductor

Celebrations for Sibelius's 150th anniversary continue with a complete symphony cycle, launched by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and its new Chief Conductor Designate, Thomas Dausgaard.

The First Symphony is prefaced by the nationalistic tone-poem Finlandia, its singing central melody composed with an ear to mass appeal as well as to political protest.  The First Symphony is no apprentice work; although drawing on the legacy of Tchaikovsky and Brahms, Sibelius created something distinctively and evocatively Nordic.

Still more sophisticated is the Second, often heard as a musical shout of grief and rage at Russian oppression.

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