Santtu conducts Beethoven and Sibelius

Santtu conducts Beethoven and Sibelius

Santtu conducts Beethoven and Sibelius

Philharmonia

De Montfort Hall Leicester
Sat 6 April 2024

7.30pm

Beethoven didn’t think up the ‘Emperor’ nickname for his concerto himself, but it’s easy to understand when you hear its majestic opening. Tonight it’s in the hands of Steven Osborne, a musician ‘in the top tier of pianists worldwide’ (The Telegraph).

Sibelius’s Symphony No. 5 starts with a whisper from horns and timpani that grows into a glorious evocation of sunrise. In the finale comes the moment Sibelius fans have been waiting for – the magnificent ‘swan’ theme, with its jubilant horn chords and sweeping strings. Sibelius wrote it after witnessing 16 swans in flight: “One of the great experiences of my life! God, how beautiful,” he wrote in his diary.

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