Sibelius took the classical symphony and charged it with the freshness and energy of nature itself. Lutoslawski, meanwhile, launched brilliant musical fireworks into the grey skies of postwar Poland. Edward Gardner loves them both, and he begins and ends this concert with two of the twentieth century’s most original – and inspiring – symphonies. In between, something magical happens, as soprano Lucy Crowe re-tells Sibelius’s primal northern myth – and proves that Lutoslawski’s enchanted nursery rhymes aren’t just for children.
6.15pm Pre concert talk: Introducing Lutoslawski – Anthony Burton introduces tonight’s two works by this great post-war composer.
Edward Gardner conductor
Lucy Crowe soprano
|Sibelius||Symphony No. 3||26’|
|Lutoslawski||Chantefleurs et Chantefables||16’|
|Lutoslawski||Symphony No. 3||32’|
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