This performance has been cancelled. Ticket holders will be contacted
We’re delighted to welcome back Santtu-Matias Rouvali after his superb concert last season. Kodàly’s popular suite begins with an orchestral ‘sneeze’ and goes on to recount tall tales of the hero’s exploits against Napoleon. Khachaturian’s Violin Concerto is possibly his finest work. Lively and memorable melodies in the outer movements contrast with a slow movement which rises to a heartfelt climax. The flavour of folk music from the composer’s native Armenia is often evident. Sibelius’ fifth and most well-known symphony grows from the seed of its tiny opening figure to the most outwardly heroic of his seven works in the form. The final majestic brass theme was inspired by a flight of swans the awe-struck composer saw wheeling over his house in the countryside.
The Philharmonia Orchestra is Anvil Arts Orchestra in Partnership