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Santtu-Matias Rouvali: Sibelius Symphony No. 5

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Conductor Santtu-Matias Rouvali on stage

Artists

Santtu-Matias Rouvali – conductor
Nemanja Radulović – violin

Programme

Audience Vote  

Khachaturian Violin Concerto Listen

— Interval —

Sibelius Symphony No. 5 Listen

Take a musical journey with “the hottest conductor in Finland” (The Times), from the excitement of a piece chosen by you, our audience, to the ecstatic heights of Sibelius.

Sibelius’s Fifth Symphony would make it into many listeners’ top ten. It begins with a whisper from horns and timpani, which spreads through the woodwind section in a glorious evocation of sunrise. The second movement is a set of variations on a simple, wistful theme. Then comes the moment Sibelius fans have been waiting for – the magnificent ‘swan’ theme of the finale, with its jubilant horn chords and sweeping strings. Sibelius wrote it after witnessing the awe-inspiring sight of sixteen swans in flight: “One of the great experiences of my life! God, how beautiful,” he wrote in his diary.

Violinist Nemanja Radulović topped the classical charts with his recording of Khachaturian’s Violin Concerto for Deutsche Grammophon in 2018. He has all the virtuosity required for the folk-infused first movement, the soulfulness for the second movement’s melancholy song, and the flamboyance for the fiery finale.

To open the evening, we’re letting you take control: pick your favourite from a shortlist of works chosen by Santtu himself by visiting our voting page.

Need to know

Prices & Discounts

£14 – £38

Subscription discounts available; under-16s and concession discounts available

Running time

1 hour 40 minutes, including 20-minute interval

Recommended age

From 7+

Box office

Philharmonia box office: 0800 652 6717

How to vote

Visit the voting page

Venue

Bedford Corn Exchange
Bedford Corn Exchange

Bedford Corn Exchange

13 St Paul’s Square
Bedford
MK40 1SL

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Watch trailer

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Trailer: Sibelius Symphony No. 5

Listening guide

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Listening Guide: Sibelius Symphony No. 5

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