We end our season in a blaze of horns as an expert line-up celebrate Sibelius’ 150th anniversary.
Conductor Vladimir Ashkenazy
Soprano Helena Juntunen
Sibelius Karelia Suite
Sibelius Symphony No. 5 in E-flat
Direct from a major anniversary series at The Royal Festival Hall, Ashkenazy and the Philharmonia bring some of the composer’s most popular works as well as a spellbinding rarity, his tone poem based on Finnish myth and premiered up the road in Gloucester just over a hundred years ago. To sing it is Finnish soprano Helena Juntunen whose 2010 performance prompted The Times to observe: “London is unlikely to hear Sibelius like this for quite some time.”
Inside The Music Talk
Vladimir Ashkenazy talks to Johnathan James
The Lantern, 6.25pm, free with a concert ticket
Jonathan James talks Sibelius with conductor Vladimir Ashkenazy.