BBC Proms 2015 [world Service]

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Bbc Proms 2016 On The World Service2015082220150823 (WS)

Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4 in F minor

West-Eastern Divan Orchestra

Daniel Barenboim (conductor)

Can something as ephemeral as classical music help us to replace ignorance with understanding, to humanize the other, to imagine a better future? 16 years after the original ‘experiment in coexistence’ which brought together musicians from the Arab world and Israel, the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra has blossomed into a clear demonstration of the power of music-making to truly transcend boundaries.

BBC’s Samira Ahmed is joined by Lukas Pairon whose Music Fund works closely with Daniel Barenboim and has donated thousands of classical instruments to young musicians in Palestine, Israel and beyond.

(Photo: Daniel Barenboim and the West Eastern Divan Orchestra. Credit: Chris Christodoulou)

An orchestra of players from the whole of the Middle East performs Tchaikovsky.

An orchestra of players from the whole of the Middle East performs Tchaikovsky.

Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4 in F minor

West-Eastern Divan Orchestra

Daniel Barenboim (conductor)

Can something as ephemeral as classical music help us to replace ignorance with understanding, to humanize the other, to imagine a better future? 16 years after the original ‘experiment in coexistence’ which brought together musicians from the Arab world and Israel, the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra has blossomed into a clear demonstration of the power of music-making to truly transcend boundaries.

BBC’s Samira Ahmed is joined by Lukas Pairon whose Music Fund works closely with Daniel Barenboim and has donated thousands of classical instruments to young musicians in Palestine, Israel and beyond.

(Photo: Daniel Barenboim and the West Eastern Divan Orchestra. Credit: Chris Christodoulou)

Bbc Proms 2016 On The World Service2015082920150830 (WS)

Ravel: Piano Concerto in G

Messiaen (orch. Dingle): Un Oiseau des Arbres de Vie (world premiere)

Ravel: La Valse

Jean-Efflam Bavouzet (piano)

BBC Philharmonic

Nicholas Collon (conductor)

Two masterworks by France’s best-loved 20th century composer, separated by a world premiere of a short but vivid piece by the late Olivier Messiaen. The pianist Jean-Efflam Bavouzet is one of today’s most engaging performers and has a special affinity with the music of his fellow Frenchmen.

BBC Radio 3 presenter Andrew McGregor is joined by historian of Modern France Alison Carrol.

Maurice Ravel (1875 – 1937)

Piano Concerto in G (1929/31)

After the cataclysm and privations of the First World War, people of Europe longed to have fun. And there was new music to have fun with, as a listener, dancer or musician: jazz. Maurice Ravel was smitten: “The most captivating part of jazz is its rich and diverting rhythm. Jazz is a very rich and vital source of inspiration for modern composers and I am astonished that so few Americans are influenced by it." The Piano Concerto in G is one of the most popular modern concertos.

Olivier Messiaen (1908 – 1992)

Un Oiseau des Arbres de Vie (World premiere)

Orchestrated by Christopher Dingle

If you had called the late Olivier Messiaen a bird-watcher, he would have probably taken it as a compliment: birdsong was a constant source of inspiration to him and he incorporated a wide variety into his melodies. Messiaen’s last work, Éclairs sur l'au-delà… (Illuminations of the beyond…) was originally to have 12 movements, but the composer then reduced it to 11: the 12th piece is played for the first time at this year’s Proms, orchestrated by Christopher Dingle. It includes Messiaen’s take on the songs of the New Zealand Tui (parson) birds which range from bell-like sounds, to clicks, creaks and even imitations of human speech.

Modern French Classics: Ravel’s masterpieces and a Messiaen world premiere

Bbc Proms 2016 On The World Service2015090520150906 (WS)

Thomas Dausgaard conducts BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra in Sibelius’s Symphony No. 2

Sibelius: Symphony No. 2 in D major

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

Thomas Dausgaard (conductor)

Celebrating the 150th anniversary of Finland’s greatest composer with his most popular symphony conducted by a leading Scandinavian conductor of today.

BBC’s Samira Ahmed is joined by Pauliina Stahlberg, director of the Finnish Institute in London.

Jean Sibelius (1865–1957)

Symphony No. 2 in D, Op. 43 (1902)

A 19th century Finnish romantic who lived into the jet age, Sibelius is credited with helping to build the very concept of Finnish national identity through his music.

The Second Symphony was conceived in the turbulent years at the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries when Finnish national identity was being forged. It is not clear that the composer had an expressly nationalistic agenda here: the work was partly conceived during a stay in Italy and the episodic second movement is thought to have originated in sketches intended for a composition inspired by the Don Juan story.

PIcture credit: Chris Christodoulou

Thomas Dausgaard conducts BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra in Sibelius’s Symphony No. 2

Sibelius: Symphony No. 2 in D major

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

Thomas Dausgaard (conductor)

Celebrating the 150th anniversary of Finland’s greatest composer with his most popular symphony conducted by a leading Scandinavian conductor of today.

BBC’s Samira Ahmed is joined by Pauliina Stahlberg, director of the Finnish Institute in London.

Jean Sibelius (1865–1957)

Symphony No. 2 in D, Op. 43 (1902)

A 19th century Finnish romantic who lived into the jet age, Sibelius is credited with helping to build the very concept of Finnish national identity through his music.

The Second Symphony was conceived in the turbulent years at the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries when Finnish national identity was being forged. It is not clear that the composer had an expressly nationalistic agenda here: the work was partly conceived during a stay in Italy and the episodic second movement is thought to have originated in sketches intended for a composition inspired by the Don Juan story.

PIcture credit: Chris Christodoulou

Bbc Proms 2016 On The World Service2015091220150913 (WS)

Hits from Bernstein’s West Side Story plus sublime Bach Cello Suite played by Yo-Yo Ma

Bernstein: On the Town - Lonely Town; I Can Cook, Too

Bernstein: West Side Story – Dance at the Gym; America

Louise Dearman (vocalist)

Julian Ovenden (vocalist)

Maida Vale Singers

John Wilson Orchestra

John Wilson (conductor)

Bach: Suite No. 1 in G major for solo cello, BWV 1007

Yo-Yo Ma (cello)

Some the most recognizable tunes of the 20th century penned by Leonard Bernstein for Broadway contrasted with the ultimate musical focus: just one, brilliant cellist playing the music perhaps the greatest musical mind of all: JS Bach.

BBC’s Andrew McGregor talks to Fred Child, the host of Performance Today on American Public Media, the country’s leading classical music radio programme.

Leonard Bernstein (1918 – 1990):

On the Town (1944) and West Side Story (1957)

Conductor, composer, lyricist, broadcaster, educator – Leonard ‘Lenny’ Bernstein was the musical renaissance man of 20th century America. He was also a trail-blazer. As his brother, Burton Bernstein put it: Lenny ‘was the living precedent for American music – the first American to be taken seriously on the concert stage. I think it can be said that he made it possible for any talented American kid to follow in his footsteps.’

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

Bach: Suite No. 1 in G major for solo cello, BWV 1007 (c1717–23)

The cello was a relatively new instrument in Bach’s time, competing with the older ‘viola da gamba’ to inhabit the lower reaches of string sound. Ever adventurous, and always curious to explore new musical instruments, Bach laid the foundation stone of the cello repertoire with his six Suites.

Like many cellists, Yo-Yo Ma has been performing these seminal works for most of his career, and made two celebrated recordings of the complete set. The second, Inspired by Bach, goes beyond the music: Yo-Yo Ma invited six artists from different disciplines to collaborate with him, and a contemporary choreographer, a Kabuki theatre actor, famous ice-skaters and even a Bach-inspired garden design transformed Bach’s sounds into six short films.

Photo of Yo-Yo Ma performing Prom 68 - BBC/Chris Christodoulou

Hits from Bernstein’s West Side Story plus sublime Bach Cello Suite played by Yo-Yo Ma

Bernstein: On the Town - Lonely Town; I Can Cook, Too

Bernstein: West Side Story – Dance at the Gym; America

Louise Dearman (vocalist)

Julian Ovenden (vocalist)

Maida Vale Singers

John Wilson Orchestra

John Wilson (conductor)

Bach: Suite No. 1 in G major for solo cello, BWV 1007

Yo-Yo Ma (cello)

Some the most recognizable tunes of the 20th century penned by Leonard Bernstein for Broadway contrasted with the ultimate musical focus: just one, brilliant cellist playing the music perhaps the greatest musical mind of all: JS Bach.

BBC’s Andrew McGregor talks to Fred Child, the host of Performance Today on American Public Media, the country’s leading classical music radio programme.

Leonard Bernstein (1918 – 1990):

On the Town (1944) and West Side Story (1957)

Conductor, composer, lyricist, broadcaster, educator – Leonard ‘Lenny’ Bernstein was the musical renaissance man of 20th century America. He was also a trail-blazer. As his brother, Burton Bernstein put it: Lenny ‘was the living precedent for American music – the first American to be taken seriously on the concert stage. I think it can be said that he made it possible for any talented American kid to follow in his footsteps.’

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

Bach: Suite No. 1 in G major for solo cello, BWV 1007 (c1717–23)

The cello was a relatively new instrument in Bach’s time, competing with the older ‘viola da gamba’ to inhabit the lower reaches of string sound. Ever adventurous, and always curious to explore new musical instruments, Bach laid the foundation stone of the cello repertoire with his six Suites.

Like many cellists, Yo-Yo Ma has been performing these seminal works for most of his career, and made two celebrated recordings of the complete set. The second, Inspired by Bach, goes beyond the music: Yo-Yo Ma invited six artists from different disciplines to collaborate with him, and a contemporary choreographer, a Kabuki theatre actor, famous ice-skaters and even a Bach-inspired garden design transformed Bach’s sounds into six short films.

Photo of Yo-Yo Ma performing Prom 68 - BBC/Chris Christodoulou

Bbc Proms 2016 On The World Service2015091920150920 (WS)

St. Petersburg Philharmonic under Yuri Temirkanov play Rimsky’s masterpiece.

Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade, Op. 35 (1888)

St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra

Yuri Temirkanov (conductor)

Russia’s oldest orchestra, formed six years before Rimsky’s Scheherazade was completed, dazzles London with the splendour and magic of a vivid symphonic tale. Inspired by some of the best known tales from Arabian Nights, the score has quickly become one of the best-loved works in the classical repertoire. BBC’s Verity Sharp is joined by the poet Imtiaz Dharker.

Picture credit: BBC/Christopher Christodoulou

St. Petersburg Philharmonic under Yuri Temirkanov play Rimsky’s masterpiece.

Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade, Op. 35 (1888)

St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra

Yuri Temirkanov (conductor)

Russia’s oldest orchestra, formed six years before Rimsky’s Scheherazade was completed, dazzles London with the splendour and magic of a vivid symphonic tale. Inspired by some of the best known tales from Arabian Nights, the score has quickly become one of the best-loved works in the classical repertoire. BBC’s Verity Sharp is joined by the poet Imtiaz Dharker.

Picture credit: BBC/Christopher Christodoulou

Bernstein and Yo-Yo Ma: An American Day at the Proms - BBC Proms 2017 on the World Service2015091220150913 (WS)

Hits from Bernstein\u2019s West Side Story plus sublime Bach Cello Suite played by Yo-Yo Ma

Highlights from the 2017 season of BBC Proms, the UK's greatest classical music festival.

Bernstein: On the Town - Lonely Town; I Can Cook, Too
Bernstein: West Side Story – Dance at the Gym; America
Louise Dearman (vocalist)
Julian Ovenden (vocalist)
Maida Vale Singers
John Wilson Orchestra
John Wilson (conductor)

Bach: Suite No. 1 in G major for solo cello, BWV 1007
Yo-Yo Ma (cello)

Some the most recognizable tunes of the 20th century penned by Leonard Bernstein for Broadway contrasted with the ultimate musical focus: just one, brilliant cellist playing the music perhaps the greatest musical mind of all: JS Bach.
BBC’s Andrew McGregor talks to Fred Child, the host of Performance Today on American Public Media, the country’s leading classical music radio programme.

Leonard Bernstein (1918 – 1990):
On the Town (1944) and West Side Story (1957)

Conductor, composer, lyricist, broadcaster, educator – Leonard ‘Lenny’ Bernstein was the musical renaissance man of 20th century America. He was also a trail-blazer. As his brother, Burton Bernstein put it: Lenny ‘was the living precedent for American music – the first American to be taken seriously on the concert stage. I think it can be said that he made it possible for any talented American kid to follow in his footsteps.’

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
Bach: Suite No. 1 in G major for solo cello, BWV 1007 (c1717–23)

The cello was a relatively new instrument in Bach’s time, competing with the older ‘viola da gamba’ to inhabit the lower reaches of string sound. Ever adventurous, and always curious to explore new musical instruments, Bach laid the foundation stone of the cello repertoire with his six Suites.

Like many cellists, Yo-Yo Ma has been performing these seminal works for most of his career, and made two celebrated recordings of the complete set. The second, Inspired by Bach, goes beyond the music: Yo-Yo Ma invited six artists from different disciplines to collaborate with him, and a contemporary choreographer, a Kabuki theatre actor, famous ice-skaters and even a Bach-inspired garden design transformed Bach’s sounds into six short films.

Photo of Yo-Yo Ma performing Prom 68 - BBC/Chris Christodoulou

Bernstein and Yo-Yo Ma: An American Day at the Proms - BBC Proms 2017 on the World Service20150912

Hits from Bernstein\u2019s West Side Story plus sublime Bach Cello Suite played by Yo-Yo Ma

Highlights from the 2017 season of BBC Proms, the UK's greatest classical music festival.

Bernstein: On the Town - Lonely Town; I Can Cook, Too
Bernstein: West Side Story – Dance at the Gym; America
Louise Dearman (vocalist)
Julian Ovenden (vocalist)
Maida Vale Singers
John Wilson Orchestra
John Wilson (conductor)

Bach: Suite No. 1 in G major for solo cello, BWV 1007
Yo-Yo Ma (cello)

Some the most recognizable tunes of the 20th century penned by Leonard Bernstein for Broadway contrasted with the ultimate musical focus: just one, brilliant cellist playing the music perhaps the greatest musical mind of all: JS Bach.
BBC’s Andrew McGregor talks to Fred Child, the host of Performance Today on American Public Media, the country’s leading classical music radio programme.

Leonard Bernstein (1918 – 1990):
On the Town (1944) and West Side Story (1957)

Conductor, composer, lyricist, broadcaster, educator – Leonard ‘Lenny’ Bernstein was the musical renaissance man of 20th century America. He was also a trail-blazer. As his brother, Burton Bernstein put it: Lenny ‘was the living precedent for American music – the first American to be taken seriously on the concert stage. I think it can be said that he made it possible for any talented American kid to follow in his footsteps.’

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
Bach: Suite No. 1 in G major for solo cello, BWV 1007 (c1717–23)

The cello was a relatively new instrument in Bach’s time, competing with the older ‘viola da gamba’ to inhabit the lower reaches of string sound. Ever adventurous, and always curious to explore new musical instruments, Bach laid the foundation stone of the cello repertoire with his six Suites.

Like many cellists, Yo-Yo Ma has been performing these seminal works for most of his career, and made two celebrated recordings of the complete set. The second, Inspired by Bach, goes beyond the music: Yo-Yo Ma invited six artists from different disciplines to collaborate with him, and a contemporary choreographer, a Kabuki theatre actor, famous ice-skaters and even a Bach-inspired garden design transformed Bach’s sounds into six short films.

Photo of Yo-Yo Ma performing Prom 68 - BBC/Chris Christodoulou

Daniel Barenboim conducts West-Eastern Divan Orchestra - BBC Proms 2017 on the World Service2015082220150823 (WS)

An orchestra of players from the whole of the Middle East performs Tchaikovsky.

Highlights from the 2017 season of BBC Proms, the UK's greatest classical music festival.

Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4 in F minor
West-Eastern Divan Orchestra
Daniel Barenboim (conductor)

Can something as ephemeral as classical music help us to replace ignorance with understanding, to humanize the other, to imagine a better future? 16 years after the original ‘experiment in coexistence’ which brought together musicians from the Arab world and Israel, the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra has blossomed into a clear demonstration of the power of music-making to truly transcend boundaries.

BBC’s Samira Ahmed is joined by Lukas Pairon whose Music Fund works closely with Daniel Barenboim and has donated thousands of classical instruments to young musicians in Palestine, Israel and beyond.

(Photo: Daniel Barenboim and the West Eastern Divan Orchestra. Credit: Chris Christodoulou)

An orchestra of players from the whole of the Middle East performs Tchaikovsky.

Highlights from the 2017 season of BBC Proms, the UK's greatest classical music festival.

Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4 in F minor
West-Eastern Divan Orchestra
Daniel Barenboim (conductor)

Can something as ephemeral as classical music help us to replace ignorance with understanding, to humanize the other, to imagine a better future? 16 years after the original ‘experiment in coexistence’ which brought together musicians from the Arab world and Israel, the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra has blossomed into a clear demonstration of the power of music-making to truly transcend boundaries.

BBC’s Samira Ahmed is joined by Lukas Pairon whose Music Fund works closely with Daniel Barenboim and has donated thousands of classical instruments to young musicians in Palestine, Israel and beyond.

(Photo: Daniel Barenboim and the West Eastern Divan Orchestra. Credit: Chris Christodoulou)

Ravel\u2019s Piano Concerto and La Valse - BBC Proms 2017 on the World Service2015082920150830 (WS)

Modern French Classics: Ravel\u2019s masterpieces and a Messiaen world premiere

Highlights from the 2017 season of BBC Proms, the UK's greatest classical music festival.

Ravel: Piano Concerto in G
Messiaen (orch. Dingle): Un Oiseau des Arbres de Vie (world premiere)
Ravel: La Valse

Jean-Efflam Bavouzet (piano)
BBC Philharmonic
Nicholas Collon (conductor)

Two masterworks by France’s best-loved 20th century composer, separated by a world premiere of a short but vivid piece by the late Olivier Messiaen. The pianist Jean-Efflam Bavouzet is one of today’s most engaging performers and has a special affinity with the music of his fellow Frenchmen.
BBC Radio 3 presenter Andrew McGregor is joined by historian of Modern France Alison Carrol.
Maurice Ravel (1875 – 1937)
Piano Concerto in G (1929/31)

After the cataclysm and privations of the First World War, people of Europe longed to have fun. And there was new music to have fun with, as a listener, dancer or musician: jazz. Maurice Ravel was smitten: “The most captivating part of jazz is its rich and diverting rhythm. Jazz is a very rich and vital source of inspiration for modern composers and I am astonished that so few Americans are influenced by it." The Piano Concerto in G is one of the most popular modern concertos.

Olivier Messiaen (1908 – 1992)
Un Oiseau des Arbres de Vie (World premiere)
Orchestrated by Christopher Dingle

If you had called the late Olivier Messiaen a bird-watcher, he would have probably taken it as a compliment: birdsong was a constant source of inspiration to him and he incorporated a wide variety into his melodies. Messiaen’s last work, Éclairs sur l'au-delà… (Illuminations of the beyond…) was originally to have 12 movements, but the composer then reduced it to 11: the 12th piece is played for the first time at this year’s Proms, orchestrated by Christopher Dingle. It includes Messiaen’s take on the songs of the New Zealand Tui (parson) birds which range from bell-like sounds, to clicks, creaks and even imitations of human speech.

Ravel\u2019s Piano Concerto and La Valse - BBC Proms 2017 on the World Service20150829

Modern French Classics: Ravel\u2019s masterpieces and a Messiaen world premiere

Highlights from the 2017 season of BBC Proms, the UK's greatest classical music festival.

Ravel: Piano Concerto in G
Messiaen (orch. Dingle): Un Oiseau des Arbres de Vie (world premiere)
Ravel: La Valse

Jean-Efflam Bavouzet (piano)
BBC Philharmonic
Nicholas Collon (conductor)

Two masterworks by France’s best-loved 20th century composer, separated by a world premiere of a short but vivid piece by the late Olivier Messiaen. The pianist Jean-Efflam Bavouzet is one of today’s most engaging performers and has a special affinity with the music of his fellow Frenchmen.
BBC Radio 3 presenter Andrew McGregor is joined by historian of Modern France Alison Carrol.
Maurice Ravel (1875 – 1937)
Piano Concerto in G (1929/31)

After the cataclysm and privations of the First World War, people of Europe longed to have fun. And there was new music to have fun with, as a listener, dancer or musician: jazz. Maurice Ravel was smitten: “The most captivating part of jazz is its rich and diverting rhythm. Jazz is a very rich and vital source of inspiration for modern composers and I am astonished that so few Americans are influenced by it." The Piano Concerto in G is one of the most popular modern concertos.

Olivier Messiaen (1908 – 1992)
Un Oiseau des Arbres de Vie (World premiere)
Orchestrated by Christopher Dingle

If you had called the late Olivier Messiaen a bird-watcher, he would have probably taken it as a compliment: birdsong was a constant source of inspiration to him and he incorporated a wide variety into his melodies. Messiaen’s last work, Éclairs sur l'au-delà… (Illuminations of the beyond…) was originally to have 12 movements, but the composer then reduced it to 11: the 12th piece is played for the first time at this year’s Proms, orchestrated by Christopher Dingle. It includes Messiaen’s take on the songs of the New Zealand Tui (parson) birds which range from bell-like sounds, to clicks, creaks and even imitations of human speech.

Rimsky-Korsakov\u2019s Scheherazade - BBC Proms 2017 on the World Service2015091920150920 (WS)

St. Petersburg Philharmonic under Yuri Temirkanov play Rimsky\u2019s masterpiece.

Highlights from the 2017 season of BBC Proms, the UK's greatest classical music festival.

Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade, Op. 35 (1888)
St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra
Yuri Temirkanov (conductor)

Russia’s oldest orchestra, formed six years before Rimsky’s Scheherazade was completed, dazzles London with the splendour and magic of a vivid symphonic tale. Inspired by some of the best known tales from Arabian Nights, the score has quickly become one of the best-loved works in the classical repertoire. BBC’s Verity Sharp is joined by the poet Imtiaz Dharker.

Picture credit: BBC/Christopher Christodoulou

Rimsky-Korsakov\u2019s Scheherazade - BBC Proms 2017 on the World Service20150919

St. Petersburg Philharmonic under Yuri Temirkanov play Rimsky\u2019s masterpiece.

Highlights from the 2017 season of BBC Proms, the UK's greatest classical music festival.

Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade, Op. 35 (1888)
St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra
Yuri Temirkanov (conductor)

Russia’s oldest orchestra, formed six years before Rimsky’s Scheherazade was completed, dazzles London with the splendour and magic of a vivid symphonic tale. Inspired by some of the best known tales from Arabian Nights, the score has quickly become one of the best-loved works in the classical repertoire. BBC’s Verity Sharp is joined by the poet Imtiaz Dharker.

Picture credit: BBC/Christopher Christodoulou

Second Symphony by Jean Sibelius - BBC Proms 2017 on the World Service2015090520150906 (WS)

Thomas Dausgaard conducts BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra in Sibelius\u2019s Symphony No. 2

Highlights from the 2017 season of BBC Proms, the UK's greatest classical music festival.

Sibelius: Symphony No. 2 in D major
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Thomas Dausgaard (conductor)

Celebrating the 150th anniversary of Finland’s greatest composer with his most popular symphony conducted by a leading Scandinavian conductor of today.
BBC’s Samira Ahmed is joined by Pauliina Stahlberg, director of the Finnish Institute in London.

Jean Sibelius (1865–1957)
Symphony No. 2 in D, Op. 43 (1902)

A 19th century Finnish romantic who lived into the jet age, Sibelius is credited with helping to build the very concept of Finnish national identity through his music.

The Second Symphony was conceived in the turbulent years at the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries when Finnish national identity was being forged. It is not clear that the composer had an expressly nationalistic agenda here: the work was partly conceived during a stay in Italy and the episodic second movement is thought to have originated in sketches intended for a composition inspired by the Don Juan story.

PIcture credit: Chris Christodoulou

Second Symphony by Jean Sibelius - BBC Proms 2017 on the World Service20150905

Thomas Dausgaard conducts BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra in Sibelius\u2019s Symphony No. 2

Highlights from the 2017 season of BBC Proms, the UK's greatest classical music festival.

Sibelius: Symphony No. 2 in D major
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Thomas Dausgaard (conductor)

Celebrating the 150th anniversary of Finland’s greatest composer with his most popular symphony conducted by a leading Scandinavian conductor of today.
BBC’s Samira Ahmed is joined by Pauliina Stahlberg, director of the Finnish Institute in London.

Jean Sibelius (1865–1957)
Symphony No. 2 in D, Op. 43 (1902)

A 19th century Finnish romantic who lived into the jet age, Sibelius is credited with helping to build the very concept of Finnish national identity through his music.

The Second Symphony was conceived in the turbulent years at the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries when Finnish national identity was being forged. It is not clear that the composer had an expressly nationalistic agenda here: the work was partly conceived during a stay in Italy and the episodic second movement is thought to have originated in sketches intended for a composition inspired by the Don Juan story.

PIcture credit: Chris Christodoulou