BBC SO: Finland awakes!
Festive concerto to celebrate Finland independence 100th anniversary. In the programme seminal works for Finland as a nation and for Sibelius as a composer: Press Celebrations Music (UK premiere!), Cantique and Devotion and the 1st symphony.
It was really nice to listen to Press Celebrations Music, the work which included originally the famous Finlandia piece. Sakari Oramo did a wonderful job conducting the BBC Symphony Orchestra with precision and enthusiasm.
Guy Johnston joined to play the cello in Cantique and Devotion a rather inconsequential and not very inspired work.
Finally Sibelius 1st Symphony was all we are used on this latest cycle by Oramo plus an extra of festivity and intensity. Some attacks were even sharper than usual and it fit perfectly to the music.