Jean Sibelius: Karelia Suite
Edvard Grieg: Piano Concerto
Antonin Dvorák: Symphony No.7
Paavo Järvi returns to conduct a programme including Sibelius' Karelia Suite, Grieg's Piano Concerto with Khatia Buniatshvili and Dvorák's Symphony No.7.
Nationalism is in the air this afternoon as we travel first to Finland for Sibelius' indelible Karelia Suite, which had its first informal performance as part of a musical presentation given by a student's union.
Then it's off to Norway for Grieg's immortal Piano Concerto, a work so famous that comedian Eric Morecambe had a go at performing it, apparently playing 'all the right notes, but not necessarily in the right order.'
Finally, we head south to Czechoslovakia and Dvorák's most dramatically imposing symphony, one that he passionately declared had been inspired by 'God, love and the Motherland' and rightly predicted would 'shake the world.'Performers
Paavo Järvi conductor
Khatia Buniatishvili piano