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Philharmonia Orchestra - Esa-Pekka Salonen: Sibelius

Part of Nordic Music Days

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 Daníel Bjarnason’s Violin Concerto, a composer who Time Out New York have described as ‘coming eerily close to defining classical music’s undefinable brave new world’.

Daníel Bjarnason's Violin Concerto was commissioned by the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Gustavo Dudamel Music & Artistic Director and the Iceland Symphony Orchestra.


Philharmonia Orchestra
Esa-Pekka Salonen conductor
Pekka Kuusisto violin


Anna Thorvaldsdottir: Aeriality
Sibelius: Symphony No.6
Daníel Bjarnason: Violin Concerto (UK premiere)
Sibelius: Symphony No.7

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The Clore Ballroom at Royal Festival Hall at 6.15pm: pre-concert talk. Composers Anna Thorvaldsdottir and Daníel Bjarnason in conversation with Gillian Moore. Admission free.

The Clore Ballroom at Royal Festival Hall at 10pm: post-concert performance. Pekka Kuusisto and vocalist Ilona Korhonen present a contemporary perspective on Finnish folk music. Admission free. Find out more.

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