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BBC SO Total Immersion: Sibelius the Storyteller

Black and white photo of Jean Sibelius

Sibelius the Storyteller: Sakari Oramo conducts the BBC Symphony Orchestra in four vivid musical mini-epics, accompanied by readings from the ancient stories that inspired them.

On top of a rainbow beyond the northern edge of the world sits Pohjola’s daughter, her fingers weaving golden threads on a magic loom. For Sibelius, Finnish mythology opened new worlds of creative possibility, and in this afternoon’s concert Sakari Oramo conducts four of Sibelius’s most colourful orchestral works, alongside stories from Finland’s national epic, the Kalevala

But Sibelius was master of his own imagination, and the results are not always what you might expect. Heroic myths reveal their darker sides, poets weave quiet mysteries, and patriotic pageants suddenly break into irreverent laughter. Sakari Oramo understands this music like few living conductors, and from the epic struggles of En Saga to the quiet enigma of The Bard, it’ll acquire new dimensions when heard alongside the words that fired Sibelius’s imagination. 

This performance will end at approximately 4.15pm

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