Thursday night’s BBC Proms was a celebration of Sibelius, Bartók and Janáček, composers who mastered the classical music tradition and put their home countries on the map.
Summoning images of the Finnish countryside, Scènes historiques, Suite No. 2 displayed a range of orchestral colours. In each of three movements, the Hallé Orchestra produced a full-bodied sound with various melodies reverberating underneath. Soft timpani summoned a long, dramatic crescendo, a mix of flutes and clarinets alongside pizzacato chords signaled a playful, pastoral feel and rapid harp glissandos beckoned a warm conclusion. Although Scènes historiques, Suite No. 2 can stand outside programmatic elements, the crisp sound of Hallé Orchestra made the provincial imagery hard to ignore.