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Sibelius & Grieg: In the Land of the Mountain King

Royal Festival Hall
£10 — £70
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Emilia Hoving – conductor


Grieg Peer Gynt Suite No. 1

Outi Tarkiainen Mosaics (UK premiere, with film)

— Interval —

Sibelius Symphony No. 2

Our series Nordic Soundscapes, exploring Nordic composers’ relationship with the landscapes of their birth, would not be complete without Sibelius’s and Grieg’s most popular works.

Finnish conductor Emilia Hoving begins her concert with Grieg’s Peer Gynt Suite No. 1. Originally written for Ibsen’s play about the adventures of a globetrotting Norwegian antihero, Grieg’s music has become inextricably linked with his homeland. For this suite, Grieg picked out his listeners’ favourite moments, including the dreamy ‘Morning’ and ‘In the Hall of the Mountain King’, in which Peer Gynt is chased by angry trolls.

Ever since its 1902 premiere, Sibelius’s beloved Second Symphony has been claimed as the sound of an independent Finland. Whether or not that was his intention, Sibelius certainly conjured up in sound the contrast between icy winds and gentle sunshine, frantic fear and triumphant hope, in music of enduring emotional power.

Between these two classics comes a new piece by Outi Tarkiainen, a composer from Finnish Lapland. Her percussion-rich score accompanies Joakim Odelberg’s fascinating underwater film of the wildlife of the Nordic coastline.

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Prices & Discounts

£10 – £70

Multibuy offer available; under-18s and concessions discounts available

Running time

1 hr 50 mins, including an interval

Recommended age

From 7+

Programme notes

Free printed programmes will be available at the venue. Digital programme notes available will be available a week before the event.

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