Santtu-Matias Rouvali – conductor
Steven Osborne – piano
Nielsen Helios Overture
Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 5, 'Emperor'
— Interval —
Sibelius Symphony No. 5
Beethoven didn’t think up the ‘Emperor’ nickname for his concerto himself, but it’s easy to understand when you hear its majestic opening. Tonight it’s in the hands of Steven Osborne, a musician ‘in the top tier of pianists worldwide’ (The Telegraph).
Sibelius’s Symphony No. 5 starts with a whisper from horns and timpani that grows into a glorious evocation of sunrise. In the finale comes the moment Sibelius fans have been waiting for – the magnificent ‘swan’ theme, with its jubilant horn chords and sweeping strings. Sibelius wrote it after witnessing 16 swans in flight: “One of the great experiences of my life! God, how beautiful,” he wrote in his diary.
Need to know
Prices & Discounts
£20 – £45
Subscription discounts available over the phone at 0116 233 3111; £10 tickets available for those aged 25 or under and students (£25 for top price tickets); half-price tickets available for recipients of Universal Credit
1 hour 40 minutes, including 20-minute interval
Free printed programmes will be available at the venue. Digital programme notes available a week before the concert.
De Montfort Hall box office: 0116 233 3111