Sibelius: States of Independence is the title of a concert by the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment at the Southbank Centre in London on 31 May 2019.
The concert rounds off the orchestra’s Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness season with the definitive musical celebration of freedom and liberty.
The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment specializes in playing pieces of music on period-specific instruments to create unique performances. Thus Sibelius’s Second Symphony will be played on the instruments that Sibelius would have been writing for. This is the first time that Sibelius 2 will be performed on period instruments and promises to be a very exciting concert.
Conductor Vladimir Jurowski is joined by violinist Alina Ibragimova for an evening also featuring the music of Elgar and Richard Strauss.
Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment Vladimir Jurowskiconductor Alina Ibragimovaviolin
Elgar: Serenade for strings Richard Strauss: Violin Concerto in D minor, Op.8 Sibelius: Symphony No. 2
As a celebration of the 150th anniversaries of Sibelius’s and Nielsen’s birth, the duo Fenella Humphreys (violin) and Nicola Eimer (piano) will be performing at the Purcell Room, QEH, Southbank Centre in London on Wednesday 4th February at 7.45 pm.
In addition to playing works by Sibelius and Nielsen, the duo has commissioned a new short set of British pieces, inspired by and taking the movement titles of Sibelius’s Five Pieces, Op. 81. The composers for these pieces are Cheryl Frances-Hoad, David Knotts, Matthew Taylor, Alasdair Nicolson and Anthony Powers.
Sibelius: Five Pieces, Op. 81
Nielsen: Sonata No. 2, Op. 35
Sibelius: Sonatina, Op. 80
Five Pieces – by Cheryl Frances-Hoad, Alasdair Nicolson, Matthew Taylor, David Knotts and Anthony Powers (world première)
Sibelius: Four Pieces, Op. 115