The last word: an evening of music and words inspired by Finnish legend and landscape, before Sakari Oramo and the BBC Symphony Orchestra perform Sibelius’s final great masterpiece Tapiola.
Sibelius’s Tapiola sings of the endless northern forests: primal, elemental, ‘brooding savage dreams’. And after its premiere in 1926, the composer fell silent - as if he had no more stories to tell. At the end of a day of total immersion in the world of Sibelius the storyteller, Sakari Oramo and soprano Anu Komsi take us on a final journey into the forests of the far north.
They begin, though, in a blaze of light: the life-affirming dawn that concludes Night Ride and Sunrise. Komsi is the soloist in three more musical legends, including the astonishing Luonnotar – a Finnish creation-myth, retold in music of primal grandeur. And then, at the end, comes Tapiola – one of music’s timeless mysteries, as urgent now as the day it was conceived.
This performance will finish at approximately 8.45pm
Produced by the BBC Symphony Orchestra
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BBC SO Total Immersion Day: Sibelius the Storyteller
The Barbican Hall is located within the main Barbican building. Head to Level G and follow the signs to find your seating level.
Silk Street, London
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Spaces for wheelchair users in row U at the rear of the stalls (up to sixteen, depth of row 180cm) and the back row of the circle (four), both with fold-down companion seats. Some seats in row S of the stalls for people with very limited mobility.
Assistance dogs may be taken into the concert hall where there are a limited number of suitable seats in row G of the stalls. If you prefer, you may leave your dog with a member of the cloakroom staff during the performance.
There is an induction loop in the concert hall. You can use this by adjusting your hearing aid to the ‘T’ setting.