Sibelius Symphony No.4 and 5 (booking not yet open)


Thursday 3rd June 2021

The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

Tickets from £14.50 (including booking fees)

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Thursday 3 June 2021 - 7.30pm
Approximate finishing time - 9.30pm

Sibelius - Symphony No.4
Sibelius - Four Humoresques
Sibelius - Symphony No.5

Sir Mark Elder

Henning Kraggerud (associate artist), violin

Continuing the exploration of Sibelius’s symphonies, the Fourth and Fifth are worlds apart in mood; the Fourth, composed in the wake of illness and personal problems, is a brooding, dark masterwork of uncompromising beauty. Henning Kraggerud returns to play the enchanting Humoresques, a group of utterly original, mature miniatures showing how the composer knew the violin inside out. Originally heard in 1915, it took a further four years for the heroic Fifth Symphony to reach its final fruition, by which time Sibelius had created a first movement of towering compositional power, and a finale which he called a ‘Swan Hymn’ as the horns’ ringing, exultant theme evoked 16 swans circling above him. ‘God, how beautiful’, he recalled, describing it as ‘one of the great experiences of my life!’

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