Sakari Oramo to conduct a Sibelius cycle in London

The Barbican Centre, London (Photo: © Romazur / Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported)

Sakari Oramo will conduct a complete cycle of Sibelius Symphonies and an assoertment of orchestral works with the BBC Symphony Orchestra at London’s Barbican Centre in the 2017–18 season.

The concert series includes a performance on 6 December to celebrate the centenary of Finland’s independence, featuring the first UK performance of the complete Press Celebrations Music (including Finland Awakes, the original version of Finlandia).

Sakari Oramo has been principal conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra since 2013, and has recorded a complete Sibelius cycle with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (Erato/Warner Classics).

27 September 2017 / 19:30
Richard Strauss Tod und Verklärung
Berg Violin Concerto (Alina Pogotskina violin)
Sibelius Symphony No. 5
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27 October 2017 / 19:30
Schmitt Symphony No 2
Franck Symphonic Variations
Ravel Piano Concerto for the Left Hand (Jean-Efflam Bavouzet piano)
Sibelius Symphony No. 3
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29 November 2017 / 19:30
Sibelius Symphony No. 6
Anders Hillborg Violin Concerto No. 2 (UK première) (Lisa Batiashvili violin)
Sibelius Symphony No. 4
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6 December 2017 / 19:30
Finland Awakes! – Celebrating Finnish Independence Day
Sibelius Press Celebrations Music (UK première)
Sibelius Cantique and Devotion (Guy Johnston cello)
Sibelius Symphony No. 1
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6 January 2018 / 19:30
Sibelius Symphony No. 7
Sibelius Luonnotar (Anu Komsi soprano)
Aarre Merikanto Ekho (UK première)
Sibelius Symphony No. 2
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1 thought on “Sakari Oramo to conduct a Sibelius cycle in London

  1. Great news regarding the Oramo Sibelius Cycle. I was interested to see that on the 6th December ‘Cantique’ and ‘Devotion’ are being performed. Composed in 1914 for violin or cello and orchestra. I do recall a memorable concert that maestro Oramo gave during his time at the helm of The City of Birmingham SO. around 2007 ‘Three Symphonic Pieces for Cello and Orchestra’ as it was billed. The first piece was ‘Malinconia’ [1901] which I think was orchestrated by Jouni Kaipainen plus Cantique and Devotion. The performance was most enjoyable and I managed to tape it. These three pieces blended together very well indeed. Much to look forward to at the Barbican next autumn.

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