Thursday 28 Sep 2017, 7.30pmRoyal Festival Hall, London

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Esa-Pekka Salonen conductor

Pekka Kuusisto violin

Thorvaldsdottir Aeriality

Sibelius Symphony No. 6

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Bjarnason Violin Concerto

Sibelius Symphony No. 7

Opening the 2017/18 season, Esa-Pekka Salonen places the work of two contemporary Icelandic composers alongside Sibelius’ two final symphonies. Cast with light and shade, Symphony No. 6 emerges upwards from melodies forged out of a single stepwise motion: music of ‘pure cold water’, held Sibelius. For his Seventh, Sibelius crosses his entire symphonic landscape in a single movement, one idea generating another, expressing the ‘joy of life and vitality’.

Anna Thorvaldsdottir’s Aeriality occupies the border between symphony and sound art, capturing in a world of clustering textures the feeling of gliding through the air with nothing or little to hold on to. Alongside, the UK première of Daníel Bjarnason’s Violin Concerto, a composer who Time Out New York have as ‘coming eerily close to defining classical music’s undefinable brave new world’. 

Daníel Bjarnason's Violin Concerto was commissioned by the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Gustavo Dudamel Music & Artistic Director and the Iceland Symphony Orchestra.

9.45pm, Clore Ballroom Floor: violinist Pekka Kuusisto and vocalist Ilona Korhonen present a fascinating contemporary perspective on Finnish folk music in this free post-concert performance.

This concert is part of the The Salonen Series series

Part of the Centenary of Finland’s Independence programme