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A Sea Symphony

BBC Symphony Orchestra/Oramo

Sakari Oramo conducting, with blue circular swirls framing him

Full sail for new shores: Sakari Oramo conducts Vaughan Williams’s A Sea Symphony, Britten’s Double Concerto and an enchanting, newly uncovered late work by Oliver Knussen.

'Behold, the sea itself!' With a ringing fanfare, and a mighty choral shout Vaughan Williams’s A Sea Symphony takes the poetry of Walt Whitman and opens the floodgates to a spring tide of inspiration. BBC Symphony Orchestra chief conductor Sakari Oramo has a special affinity for British music, and tonight he ends the season under full sail.

It’s all about new horizons, after all: so what better way to open than with the first London performance of a magical late work by the much-missed Oliver Knussen? Cleveland Pictures is Knussen at the top of his game: jewel-like in its colour, precision and sense of wonder. It’ll cast its spell over this performance of Britten’s atmospheric, rarely heard Double Concerto – with two uniquely sensitive soloists, Vilde Frang and Lawrence Power, supplying their own special poetry.  

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