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Sakari Oramo reaching for the stars as he conducts

Sakari Oramo conducts Sibelius’s boldest and most revealing symphony alongside his charming Humoresques, beginning with a masterpiece of orchestral virtuosity from Britain.

When Sibelius’s Fourth Symphony was first performed in 1911, it left its audience dumbstruck. Gone was the rousing heroism that had galvanized a nation. In its place there was music that seemed to be written for the composer himself and nobody else – ‘only his private thoughts,’ in the words of one critic. This revolutionary symphony, which reveals all musically and psychologically, is both a picture of fear and loneliness and a magnificent landscape in sound. Sakari Oramo conducts it here after the wholly different world of the composer’s Humoresques, and a piece that made its composer’s name overnight: Thomas Adès’s virtuosic, groovy Asyla.

The performance will finish at approximately 9.30pm. It includes a 20 minute interval.


photo of Timo-Veikko Valve

Barbican Sessions: Timo-Veikko Valve


In our latest session, Timo-Veikko Valve, principal cello at the Australian Chamber Orchestra, performs JS Bach's Sarabande from Suite No.4 for Unaccompanied Cello BWV1010 in E-flat Major at Milton Court.

Barbican Hall