BBC Symphony Orchestra / Nielsen Cycle

18 February 2015 / 19:30

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The fourth concert in the BBC Symphony Orchestra’s series of Nielsen’s symphonies features perhaps the composer’s best-loved symphony: ‘The Inextinguishable’.

Written in 1914 as Europe plunged into the First World War, the symphony was, in Nielsen’s words, a defiant expression of ‘the elemental will to life’ in the face of unprecedented destruction. Ravel’s Le tombeau de Couperin, Sibelius’s mesmerising tone-poem The Oceanides and Zemlinsky’s settings of poems by Maeterlinck – performed by celebrated mezzo-soprano Anne Sofie von Otter – all sit alongside the symphony, which seems to encapsulate all that is greatest in Nielsen’s music.

6pm, Fountain Room
Pre-Concert Talk

Programme & Performers

Sibelius Oceanides
Zemlinsky Maeterlinck Songs
Ravel Le tombeau de Couperin
Nielsen Symphony No 4

BBC Symphony Orchestra
Sakari Oramo
Anne Sofie von Otter mezzo-soprano

Also in this series:
Sat 11 Oct - BBC SO / Nielsen Symphony No 1
Fri 12 Dec - BBC SO / Nielsen Symphony No 2
Fri 16 Jan - BBC SO / Nielsen Symphony No 3
Fri 10 Apr - BBC SO / Nielsen Symphony No 5
Sat 23 May - BBC SO / Nielsen Symphony No 6

This event is part of:
BBC Symphony Orchestra 2014–15
BBC Symphony Orchestra 2014–2015 Multibuy

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Part of BBC SO multibuy


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