Sibelius Symphony No 5

London Symphony Orchestra/Sir Simon Rattle

Janine Jansen

Sir Simon Rattle continues Roots and Origins with Janáček, Szymanowski and Sibelius, who transform myth and folklore into soaring musical effigies.

Towering fanfares open Janáček’s Sinfonietta, an ode to the composer’s hometown of Brno in the now Czech Republic. It’s a portrait composed for a national celebration of Slavic culture, with Janáček’s love of musical tradition evident in dancing strings and celebratory brass.

Szymanowski’s First Violin Concerto accompanies – performed by Janine Jansen, renowned for her interpretations of the piece – a delicate work inspired by Ravel and Debussy and the ethereal goddesses of Tadeusz Miciński’s poetry.

Sibelius’ Fifth Symphony concludes the programme, a work infused with legend, which paints pictures of the magical forests and swan song of his native Finland.

Barbican Hall