A horn calls the orchestra to adventure in Jean Sibelius’ Fifth Symphony. Out of four primordial notes an unstoppable flood of music emerges mounting in energy to an ecstatic climax.
One of Sibelius’ most accomplished and popular works, its genesis was hard-won, a struggle that seems embedded in the music.
The effortless, majestic flight of sixteen swans inspired Sibelius to compose this Symphony – one that makes audience and orchestra soar. The music Grieg composed for Ibsen’s Peer Gynt has a life of its own as a concert hall favourite. Its vivid imagery and lyricism are unforgettable.
Change of artist. On Saturday 18 January, Vladimir Ashkenazy announced his retirement from public performances. As part of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra’s 2020 Season, Vladimir Ashkenazy was scheduled to conduct Northern Lights Festival Program 1. The performances will proceed as programmed with guest conductor Nicholas Carter.
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Violinist Akiko Suwanai brings her virtuosity and emotional intelligence to the most musically satisfying and deeply-felt of all violin concertos.