BBC Symphony Orchestra/Oramo

Hakan Hardenberger trumpet portrait

The incomparable virtuoso Håkan Hardenberger shimmies, flirts, jaunts and blasts his way through a lively concert of works for trumpet and orchestra.

Betsy Jolas’s sophisticated and subtle songs for trumpet and orchestra, written in Paris in 1977, arrives first in our season-long exploration of music for soloist and orchestra by women composers. In Jolas’s beguiling wordless songs, Håkan Hardenberger’s trumpet will thread, shimmy and flirt its way around a colourful and compact BBC Symphony Orchestra.

Hardenberger also brings the lyrical grace and clarion brilliance of Haydn’s Trumpet Concerto to this concert under Sakari Oramo that revels in the symmetry and zest of the Classical era, including a symphony by Haydn written right here in London and one by Prokofiev inspired by it.

End-time will be announced nearer the event.

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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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