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Richard Causton, Schumann and Brahms

BBC Symphony Orchestra/Oramo

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Two great Romantic works – Schumann’s heart-on-sleeve Cello Concerto and Brahms’s Third Symphony – celebrate the friendship and musical kinship between the two composers.

British cellist Steven Isserlis returns to the BBC Symphony Orchestra’s season to perform Schumann’s pioneering cello concerto – the work that first gave this instrument Romantic voice. Where Schumann looks to the future, Brahms looks back to Beethoven in his taut, tightly constructed Third Symphony, once described as ‘the most nearly perfect’ of all the composer’s symphonies. An exciting world premiere of Richard Causton’s newly commissioned Ig zeg: NU (I say: NOW) opens the programme.


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Composer Focus – Episode 5: Jean Sibelius with Sakari Oramo

In the final episode, host Edward Seckerson is joined by BBC Symphony Orchestra conductor Sakari Oramo to discuss his fellow countryman Jean Sibelius, and the themes of nature and Finnish national identity woven throughout his music.

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Barbican Sessions: Timo-Veikko Valve


In our latest session, Timo-Veikko Valve, principal cello at the Australian Chamber Orchestra, performs JS Bach's Sarabande from Suite No.4 for Unaccompanied Cello BWV1010 in E-flat Major at Milton Court.

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