Prom 33: Monday 8th August at 7.30 p.m. (Scandinavian music)
The Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra comes to the Proms with its new Chief Conductor, Sakari Oramo.
Sibelius claimed that his magical Sixth Symphony would offer the public 'pure cold water' rather than the 'cocktails' composed by his contemporaries. A contrasting symphony ends this concert: Nielsen's extrovert Fourth Symphony, which emerges from the dark days of the First World War.
Between these two symphonies, the critically-acclaimed young German-Japanese pianist, Alice Sara Ott, makes her Proms debut playing the ever popular Grieg Concerto.
Sibelius: Symphony No. 6 in D minor
Grieg: Piano Concerto in A minor
Nielsen: Symphony No. 4, 'Inextinguishable'
Alice Sara Ott (piano)
Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
Sakari Oramo (conductor)
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This could be a hum-dinger of a concert. Must admit to finding Sibelius 6 elusive - it starts off beautifully and then meanders. Will certainly be listening to see whether I can "crack" it this time.
Just bumping this one to the top in anticipation of tonight's concert.
A sinewy and refined performance of Sibelius 6, which has such an ambiguous but affecting close, and beautifully executed here. I love this symphony, perhaps more than any other. It manages to convey so much without bombast or prolixity.
I know I tend to be a bit of a gusher at the present time, but I was unmoved by the Nielson this evening. Maybe I should listen again?
Loved the Sibelius - love the enigmatic ending.
Underpowered Grieg IMO
Nielsen - well, it's a bit of a mess as a symphony, isn't it? CN never seemed to make up his mind what he was trying to do maybe. But I thought they did OK. I thought the tymps anarchy was supposed to be on snare drum? Or can they choose? if it had been snare, might it have added more edge to an otherwise limpish finale?
Just got back from the Hall (no riots to report) - best "symphonic" concert I have heard this year
Sibelius excellent - Grieg workman like - Nielsen - outstanding
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