The Proms’ Sibelius symphony cycle continues with the concise, intricately wrought Third and the darker Fourth – once described by conductor Herbert Blomstedt as ‘an essay in trying to be happy which fails – on purpose’. These are paired with the composer’s popular Violin Concerto with Lithuanian soloist Julian Rachlin.
Conductor Ilan Volkov is a passionate champion of contemporary music and here premieres a new Sibelius-inspired work by Michael Finnissy – a composer whose music, though fascinatingly complex, finds real connection with politics, society and culture.
Symphony No. 3 in C major 30’
Violin Concerto in D minor 35’
BBC commission: world premiere
Symphony No. 4 in A minor 38’
Julian Rachlin violin
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Ilan Volkov conductor