Runnicles Conducts Sibelius
Sunday 22 February 2015, 4.00PM
Beethoven Overture: Coriolan (c.9 mins)
Sibelius Violin Concerto (c.33 mins)
Sibelius Symphony No.7 (c.24 mins)
Beethoven Leonore Overture No.3 (c.14 mins)
Donald Runnicles Conductor
Guy Braunstein Violin
'I believe in civilisation' said Jean Sibelius, and amidst the turmoil and uncertainty of the early 20th century, he created a final symphony of monumental grandeur and elemental strength. Sibelius’ Seventh Symphony might just be the greatest since Beethoven; what’s certain is that few composers share such a profound kinship. Guy Braunstein will dig deep into the yearning soul of the Sibelius Violin Concerto, while Donald Runnicles bookends the concert with two famous overtures by Beethoven, depicting a journey from darkness to light.
Prelude: 3.00pm (free to ticket-holders) Guy Braunstein discusses his career and the Sibelius Violin Concerto.
BBC SSO chief conductor Donald Runnicles and the Southbank Centre's Head of Classical Music Gillian Moore discuss Sibelius and Beethoven.