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BBC SO Total Immersion: Anders Hillborg – Swedish Maverick

BBC Symphony Orchestra/Oramo

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Step into the unique and emotive sound-world of our Total Immersion composer Anders Hillborg and his unparalleled handling of the modern symphony orchestra.

It is easy to immerse yourself in music as seductive as Anders Hillborg’s. The climax of our Total Immersion weekend is this concert in which Sakari Oramo underlines his own belief that the Swedish composer ‘has acquired a signature way of writing for orchestra’.

Whilst some of Hillborg’s works are traditional Nordic nature landscapes built on spatial breadth and filmic atmosphere, his clarinet concerto Peacock Tales is less abstract and more immediate, tailored to the theatrical and communicative flair of soloist Martin Fröst. A brand new work commissioned by the BBC closes the concert.

The performance is expected to finish around 9.30pm, including a 20 minute interval.

Pre-concert activity

Pre-concert talk: Fountain Room, 6pm 

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