We celebrate 100 years of Finnish independence, bringing together the best of its distinctive musical culture past and present, including a full Sibelius symphony cycle by Sakari Oramo and the BBC SO.
LA Phil/Dudamel: Salonen, Varèse and Shostakovich
Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic begin their 2018 Barbican residency with music by Shostakovich, Varèse and Esa-Pekka Salonen.
London Symphony Orchestra/Michael Tilson Thomas: Sibelius
The LSO, led by Conductor Laureate Michael Tilson Thomas, draw out the luminous sounds and epic musical narratives of Sibelius’ music.
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/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/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 Total Immersion: Esa-Pekka Salonen - choral music
Music by teacher and pupil, complementary but distinctive, sits side by side in this focus on the two major Finnish composers’ choral music.
BBC SO Total Immersion: Esa-Pekka Salonen - orchestral music
A rich survey of Salonen’s music with orchestra including the thrilling Wing on Wing inspired by the striking architecture of LA’s Disney Hall.