Kirill Karabits rounds off 2015 with promises of magic and mythology in this Scandinavian musical smorgasbord.
Conductor Kirill Karabits
Piano Juho Pohjonen
Sibelius Suite from The Tempest
Grieg Piano Concerto
Sibelius Symphony No.7
Fresh from last month’s Anglo-Russian entente cordiale, Kirill Karabits and the BSO turn their attention to Scandinavia. Ahead of the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death next April, they open with a suite from Sibelius’ compelling incidental music to The Tempest. It leads to a near contemporary, the brooding tone poem Tapiola, suffused with the spirit of Finland’s pine forests, and completing the late Sibelian triptych is the magnificent 7th Symphony. In between, Grieg’s evergreen concerto lends Norwegian nuance.
Pianist Juho Pohjonen is a young Finn fast blazing an impressive trail – equally at home in Beethoven with Esa- Pekka Salonen’s Philharmonia or performing Messiaen’s glittering Des Canyons aux Etoiles at New York’s Carnegie Hall. Andras Schiff was so impressed with his playing he awarded him the prestigious Klavier Festival Ruhr Scholarship. As a performer “of keen intellect and passionate reserve” (San Jose Mercury News), he brings a little Nordic know-how to Grieg’s timeless favourite.