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Video streamed event and on demand: Sibelius & Schumann

Watch online on www.konserthuset.seKonserthusetPlayRecorded at Konserthuset Stockholm: Stora Salen, Stockholm, Sweden
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Wednesday 14 October 202015:00
On demand until Thursday 31 December 2020 21:59

Sakari Oramo conducts the orchestra in the third symphony by Sibelius. It is a teaser of the spring season’s Grande Finale: Oramo’s final concerts as chief conductor of the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra will be an in-depth journey through Jean Sibelius’ work, including all seven symphonies in chronological order.

After the first two ”national romantic” symphonies, Symphony No. 3 brought something else entirely to the stage. It has been said that it is more classicist, in that the music seems to nod to older styles and tones. The third and final movement does, however, break free from simpler labelling, with its enigmatic blend of scherzo (jest) and hymn. The symphony was started in 1904, but the third movement was not finished until only a few days before the world premiere in 1907. 

Russian-American pianist Kirill Gerstein debuted at Konserthuset in 2006, and has since then returned on numerous occasions. He was recently praised for this recording of the gigantic piano concerto by Busoni – conducted by Sakari Oramo. This time we hear him in the piano concerto by Robert Schumann. It was in fact thanks to his wife, pianist and composer Clara Schumann, who convinced him of composing a piece for piano and orchestra. And Clara herself was the soloist at the first performance in 1845.

© Benjamin Ealovega
© Benjamin Ealovega
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