The Eighteenth International Lahti Sibelius Festival coincided with the centenary year of Finland’s political independence. In a previous year forty percent of tickets were sold to non-Finnish patrons, so its claim of international status is well justified. As usual concert tickets and hotel accommodation had been arranged at a special price for Sibelius One members. Click here to read the full review by Geoff Hayes.
Sibelius’s music will be featured at six of the BBC Prom concerts in 2017. All of these concerts will take place at the Royal Albert Hall in London.
The concerts are as follows. Click on the links for further information and booking:
Saturday 15 July – Prom 2 Sibelius: Violin Concerto
Elgar: Symphony No. 1 Lisa Batiashvili, violin; Staatskapelle Berlin / Daniel Barenboim
Monday 17 July – Prom 5 Sibelius: Symphony No. 7
Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 2
Shostakovich: Symphony No. 10 Behzod Abduraimov, piano; BBC National Orchestra of Wales / Thomas Søndergård
Tuesday 18 July – Prom 6
Shostakovich: October; Violin Concerto No. 1 Sibelius: Symphony No. 2 Nicola Benedetti, violin; BBC National Orchestra of Wales / Thomas Søndergård
Thursday 10 August – Prom 33 Sibelius: Karelia Suite; Luonnotar
Grieg: Peer Gynt, excerpts
Schumann: Cello Concerto
Hindemith: Symphony ‘Mathis der Maler’ Lise Davidsen, soprano; Alban Gerhardt, cello; BBC Philharmonic / John Storgårds
Tuesday 22 August – Prom 51 Sibelius: Scènes historiques – Suite No. 1
Saint-Saëns: Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor
Elgar/Payne: Symphony No. 3 Javier Perianes, piano; BBC Symphony Orchestra / Sakari Oramo
Saturday 9 September – Prom 75 (Last Night) Wennäkoski: Flounce Kodály: Budavári Te Deum Sargent: An Impression on a Windy Day Sibelius: Finlandia (with choir participation) Wagner: Tristan and Isolde – Prelude and Liebestod Adams: Lola Montez Does the Spider Dance
arr. Wood: Fantasia on British Sea-Songs Arne, arr. Sargent: Rule, Britannia!
Elgar: Pomp and Circumstance March No. 1 Parry, orch. Elgar: Jerusalem
The National Anthem Soloists; BBC Singers;BBC Symphony Chorus; BBC Symphony Orchestra / Sakari Oramo
Programmes have now been announced for the 2017 Sibelius Festival in Lahti.
The Lahti Symphony Orchestra’s 18th International Sibelius Festival will take place at the Sibelius Hall from 30 August until 3 September 2017, and its artistic director is Dima Slobodeniouk, principal conductor of the Lahti Symphony Orchestra. There will also be a guest appearance by the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra conducted by Santtu-Matias Rouvali as well as chamber concerts and other events. This year’s theme is the centenary of Finland’s independence. The festival is also part of the national ‘Finland 100’ programme of events.
The second Sibelius Festival – Golfo del Tigullio e Riviera (artistic director: Federico Ermirio) will take place in October 2016. The festival will include a range of concerts, with artists including Eva Alkula (kantele), Eva Wymola (mezzo-soprano), Essi Kiiski (violin), Eduardo Andrade (piano), Domenico Ermirio (cello), Andrea Carcano (piano) and Folke Gräsbeck (piano). There will also be a screening of Timo Koivusalo’s 2003 film Sibelius starring Martti Suosalo and Miina Turunen.
The third Sibelius Festival – Golfo del Tigullio e Riviera (October 2017) will host Pocket Ballet, a project born some years ago, dedicated – as the title suggests – to the creation of events involving a small number of dancers and musicians. The first of these, Isofromatem, was premièred in Italy in 2014, introducing new works by four living composers from Italy, Greece, Israel and Finland. For 2017 a new ballet project, with a duration of less then one hour, inspired by the Finnish epic poem Kalevala, will be realized by choreographer Peter Larsen. The music will be entrusted to an instrumental trio: accordion, viola and kantele. All Finnish composers born after 31 December 1981 are eligible to submit scores for consideration.