BBC Symphony Orchestra 2017–18
In his fifth season with the BBC SO,Chief Conductor Sakari Oramo leads the orchestra in a celebration of Finnish music which includes a complete cycle of Sibelius’s symphonies.
Total Immersion days explore the music of Esa-Pekka Salonen, Leonard Bernstein and Julian Anderson. Conductor Laureate Sir Andrew Davis returns twice, and there are debuts from some of today’s most exciting young conductors and instrumentalists.
The BBC SO’s commitment to new music continues with performances of works by Anna Clyne, Betsy Jolas, George Walker and Raymond Yiu, among others.The voice plays an important role in the season, with two operas, Jake Heggie’s powerful Dead Man Walking and Granados’s Goyescas, and the BBC Symphony Chorus joins the BBC SO for Elgar’s The Dream of Gerontius and Vaughan Williams’s mighty A Sea Symphony.
BBC SO/Oramo: Clyne, Britten and Beethoven
One of Beethoven’s loveliest symphonies, a London premiere for Anna Clyne’s haunting This Midnight Hour and Britten’s magical violin concerto.
Singers at Six: Elgar
Smaller scale choral Elgar that finds the composer lifting some beautiful British poetry as well as sacred texts into song.
BBC SO/Davis: Elgar, Yiu and Elkington
A London premiere, a lost treasure and two lovely Elgar scores – a typically imaginative BBC SO programme that sees Andrew Davis back on the podium.
BBC SO/Madaras: Ravel, Adams, Vaughan Williams and Harris
Man’s humanity to man amid the horrors of war links this imaginative programme that includes a world premiere by New Zealand composer Ross Harris.
BBC SO/Rustioni: Ravel, Dorman, Ghedini and Respighi
The orchestra as canvas for some vivid and exotic colours courtesy of four very different composers, including a rare outing for a mandolin concerto.
BBC SO/Oramo: The Dream of Gerontius
Sakari Oramo, a passionate Elgarian, conducts a superb trio of soloists in the composer’s greatest oratorio.
BBC SO/Oramo: Sibelius Symphony No 5
Richard Strauss imagining a man’s dying moments, Alban Berg lamenting a teenage girl and Sibelius’s Fifth Symphony spreading its giant wings.
BBC SO/Vedernikov: Larcher and Bruch UK premieres
An Austro-German programme of music past and present with UK firsts for works by Larcher and, amazingly, Bruch. Haydn bids farewell as only he could.
BBC SO/Brabbins: A Sea Symphony
Two scores explore the elements of Earth and Water: Birtwistle’s mid-1980s masterpiece and a great symphonic first, Vaughan Williams’s A Sea Symphony.
BBC SO Total Immersion: Julian Anderson - choral music
Anderson exploring the music of massed unaccompanied voices in a programme of sacred works that contains at its heart his Bell Mass of 2010.
BBC SO Total Immersion: Julian Anderson - orchestral music
Julian Anderson in orchestral mode, exploring space, time and texture in a way that makes him one of the most distinctive composers writing today.
Singers at Six: Franck and Ravel
César Franck and his ‘grand-pupil’ Maurice Ravel offer a programme of choral music: a perfect apéritif for the largely Francophone concert to follow.
BBC SO/Oramo: Sibelius Symphony No 3
Two symphonies written 50 years apart, and perfectly complementary, bookend two great French works for piano and orchestra played by a master.