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Esa-Pekka Salonen: Sibelius

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Southbank Centre: Royal Festival HallBelvedere Road, London, Greater London, SE1 8XX, United Kingdom
On Thursday 28 September 2017 at 19:30

Opening the 2017/18 season, Esa-Pekka Salonen places the work of two contemporary Icelandic composers alongside Sibelius’ two final symphonies. Cast with light and shade, Symphony No. 6 emerges upwards from melodies forged out of a single stepwise motion: music of ‘pure cold water’, held Sibelius. For his Seventh, Sibelius crosses his entire symphonic landscape in a single movement, one idea generating another, expressing the ‘joy of life and vitality’.

Anna Thorvaldsdottir’s Aeriality occupies the border between symphony and sound art, capturing in a world of clustering textures the feeling of gliding through the air with nothing or little to hold on to. Alongside, the UK première of Daníel Bjarnason’s Violin Concerto, a composer who Time Out New York have as ‘coming eerily close to defining classical music’s undefinable brave new world’. 

General booking opens 8 February 2017 9:30 am

Anna Thorvaldsdóttir © Kristinn Ingvarsson
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