Sibelius Symphony No 3

BBC Symphony Orchestra/Oramo

A black & white headshot of Jean-Efflam Bavouzet

Two symphonies written 50 years apart, and perfectly complementary, bookend two great French works for piano and orchestra played by a master.

César Franck’s once hugely popular Symphonic Variations are paired with Ravel’s inventive Concerto for the Left Hand, both works played by the award-winning Jean-Efflam Bavouzet, a pianist with an innate and wonderfully natural feeling for French music. They form the heart of a programme that opens with Florent Schmitt’s last work, his Second Symphony of 1957, a piece of luxuriant orchestration with a battery of percussion – a captivating follow-up to last season’s performance of Schmitt’s incidental music for Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra. Sibelius’s Third makes a perfect complement to the Francophone tone of the programme, a work of almost classical poise and scale; another staging post in Sakari Oramo’s Sibelius symphony cycle.

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