Nordic Music Days: Philharmonia Orchestra: Sibelius at Southbank Centre

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Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Philharmonia Orchestra place Sibelius alongside two contemporary Icelandic composers

Opening the 2017/18 season, Esa-Pekka Salonen places the work of two contemporary Icelandic composers alongside these two momentous works by Sibelius.

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 premiere of Daniel Bjarnason's Violin Concerto.


Philharmonia Orchestra

Esa-Pekka Salonen conductor

Pekka Kuusisto violin


Anna Thorvaldsdottir: Aeriality

Sibelius: Symphony No.6


Daniel Bjarnason: Violin Concerto(UK premiere)

Sibelius: Symphony No.7

Venue Details & Map

Southbank Centre

Belvedere Road
0844 847 9910
Public transport:
Underground and Rail Stations: Waterloo, Embankment, Charing Cross or Waterloo East Buses stop on Waterloo Bridge, York Road, Belvedere Road and Stamford Street.

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