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BBC SO/Stasevska

An image of Pekka joyfully playing his violin

Dalia Stasevska conducts the BBC SO season finale with Kodály’s intense and outspoken Psalmus Hungaricus for choir and orchestra.

On 19 November 1923, works by three composers were premiered in the newly-named city of Budapest to celebrate the unification of Pest, Buda and Óbuda. Kodály’s offering was the most extraordinary – an intense and outspoken setting of Psalm 55 that was heard as a cry of unity from a nation ravaged by conflict.

Psalmus Hungaricus forms the culmination of this anniversary season finale, with Principal Guest Conductor Dalia Stasevska marshalling the forces of the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, who also perform a gem by Bartók premiered by this orchestra in 1934. In between, the incomparable Pekka Kuusisto joins the orchestra for the poetry and virtuosity of Magnus Lindberg’s first Violin Concerto.

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


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Barbican Sessions: Satu Vänskä


In an empty Theatre, Satu Vänskä, Principal Violinist of the Australian Chamber Orchestra, performs JS Bach's ‘Allemande’ from Partita II in D minor.

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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