Thursday 26 Jun 2014, 7.30pmRoyal Festival Hall, London

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Esa-Pekka Salonen conductor

Lisa Batiashvili violin

Olivier Latry organ

Saariaho Maan varjot (Earth's Shadows)

Sibelius Violin Concerto


Sibelius Symphony No. 2

Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts the music of his homeland in this all-Finnish programme. Sibelius was initially obsessed with the idea of becoming a world-class violinist and even got as far as an audition with the Vienna Philharmonic. Had he succeeded, some of greatest orchestral music of the 20th century may never have been written. The most immediate outcome was the glorious Violin Concerto, composed for the virtuoso which Sibelius never became.

Maan Varjot was jointly commissioned by Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, Orchestre National de Lyon, Southbank Centre and the Philharmonia Orchestra.

6pm - In conversation with Gillian Moore and Organ Curator William McVicker, composer Kaija Saariaho discusses her new commission