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Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring

BBC Symphony Orchestra/Oramo

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An all-Russian concert of firsts introduces the BBC Symphony Orchestra’s joint leader with a major concerto performance and sees the orchestra perform a long-lost work by Stravinsky.

Only rediscovered in 2015, Stravinsky’s early Funeral Song is a memorial to his teacher Rimsky-Korsakov. The BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chief Conductor Sakari Oramo here perform both this fascinating miniature and the composer’s arresting ballet score The Rite of Spring together for the first time. The Orchestra’s new co-leader Igor Yuzefovich demonstrates his virtuosity in Shostakovich’s mercurial First Violin Concerto, taking on the great emotional and physical demands of a work composed under the restrictions of the Soviet Regime, but only premiered after Stalin’s death.

Journey Through Music


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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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