BBC SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA performs Sibelius and Aarre Merikanto

Barbican Centre London
BBC SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA performs Sibelius and Aarre Merikanto
Sakari Oramo

Saturday 6 January 2018

Barbican Centre London


Concert Information

Twenty-five years separate Sibelius’s Second and Seventh symphonies, but that hardly hints at the growth in his musical style – No 2 rich and romantic; No 7 a powerful study, in one movement, of organic musical growth. Both form part of Sakari Ormao’s ongoing Sibelius symphony cycle.

Luonnotar from mid-way between the two is a magical creation-story for soprano and orchestra and finds Anu Komsi the soloist in a work premiered in Gloucester no less! Aarre Merikanto’s Ekho (1922), a perfect, beautiful work makes an ideal partner to Luonnotar – and Komsi is a superb exponent of this vocally taxing score having already made a magnificent recording of the piece.


Sibelius Symphony No 7
Sibelius Luonnotar
Aarre Merikanto Ekho (UK Premiere)
Sibelius Symphony No 2


BBC Symphony Orchestra
Sakari Oramo conductor
Anu Komsi soprano