Monday 25 Sep 2017, 8pmElbphilharmonie, Hamburg

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Esa-Pekka Salonen conductor

Pekka Kuusisto violin

Saariaho Lumière et pesanteur

Sibelius Symphony No. 6

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Prokofiev Violin Concerto No. 1

Sibelius Symphony No. 7

As Finland celebrates the centenary of its independence from Russia in 2017, Esa-Pekka Salonen brings the work of two Finnish musical giants to Hamburg’s dazzling Elbphilharmonie - opening the programme, Kaija Saariaho’s Lumière et pesanteur was specially written as a gift for Salonen in 2009, while Sibelius’ distinctive Sixth and Seventh symphonies were shaped by the culture of the composer’s homeland. In between, Pekka Kuusisto performs Prokofiev’s sparkling Violin Concerto, a piece first premiered only weeks before Finland gained independence in 1917.