BBC Symphony Orchestra 2017–18 Multibuy
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.
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/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.
BBC SO/Storgårds: Mahler, Jolas and Boulanger
The doyenne of French composers, Betsy Jolas, brings one of her latest works to London, presented alongside music by Lili Boulanger and Gustav Mahler.
BBC SO/Gernon: Tchaikovsky, Britten and Nicholson
A London premiere by the Scot Alasdair Nicolson sits between Britten's defiant, pacifist Sinfonia da Requiem and Tchaikovsky's wintry First Symphony.
BBC SO/Søndergård: Shostakovich, Strauss and Ruders
Orchestral virtuosity from Poul Ruders and solo virtuosity from Shostakovich prepare the way for Richard Strauss’s magnificent tone-poem Also Sprach Zarathustra.
BBC SO/Oramo: Sibelius Symphonies 4 and 6
Two of Sibelius’s most rewarding symphonies bookend the UK premiere of Anders Hillborg’s Violin Concerto No 2 (2016) played by Lisa Batiashvili.
BBC SO/Oramo: Finland Awakes!
Music from the young Sibelius to mark the centenary of Finnish Independence, ending with the First Symphony, a noble and magnificent symphonic debut.
BBC SO/Oramo: Sibelius Symphonies 2 and 7
A feast from Finland. Two powerful pieces for soprano and orchestra join a couple of Sibelius’s symphonies, works of very different natures.