Ashkenazy conducts Sibelius

Thursday 19 Mar 2015, 7.30pm
Royal Festival Hall, London

Concert

Vladimir Ashkenazy conductor

Vadim Repin violin

Sibelius was initially determined to become a world-class violinist and even got as far as an audition with the Vienna Philharmonic. Had he succeeded, some of the finest orchestral music of the 20th century might never have been written. The most immediate outcome was the glorious Violin Concerto, composed for the virtuoso which Sibelius never became. The Lemminkäinen suite – a set of four tone poems, including the haunting Swan of Tuonela – depicts scenes from the life of the legendary warrior Lemminkäinen, the hero of the Finnish national epic, the Kalevala.

This concert is part of the Ashkenazy Sibelius Series

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