BBCSO and Sakari Oramo finish Sibelius cycle at the top
The final concert of the Sibelius symphonies full cycle was the best. Previous symphonies performances were from good to very good but the 7th and 2nd played this night were excellent.
The magical tonality experiments around C on the 7th were exposed with perfect transparency and precision even with joy.
In between the symphonies Finnish soprano Anu Komsi sang Sibelius own Luonnotar and the UK premiere of Aarre Merikanto Ekho. She did it well and Oramo perfectly did the concertante parts in the orchestra (that is, better than expected).
In the second part, the uber-postromantic 2nd Symphony. Here Oramo kept the precision but also let the most extroverted aspects of the score to take a central place. Fully expressive playing that the BBC Symphony Orchestra accomplished very well.