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Michael Sanderling conducts Sibelius & Brahms
Royal Festival Hall

Michael Sanderling conducts Sibelius & Brahms

Date: 23 Feb
Time: 19:30
Michael Sanderling, conductor

Emmanuel Tjeknavorian, violin

SIBELIUS Violin Concerto
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BRAHMS Symphony No. 4

Michael Sanderling conducts two key late Romantic works: Sibelius's darkly beautiful Violin Concerto and Brahms's masterful Fourth Symphony.

Brahms called his Fourth "my sad symphony," but this modest adjective belies the composer's emotional range and consummate structural skill. His friend, the critic Eduard Hanslick, put it better: "It is like a dark well; the longer we look into it, the more brightly the stars shine back." Michael Sanderling is an insightful guide to the subtle joys and rewarding depths of this cornerstone of the symphonic repertoire.

Sibelius began his musical life as a violinist, and brought his first-hand knowledge of the instrument's capabilities and huge expressive potential to his only concerto. By turns hauntingly beautiful and devilishly virtuosic, the piece makes huge demands on the soloist. Austrian violinist Emanuel Tjeknavorian is more than equal to its challenges - in 2015, aged just 20, he won the prize for best interpretation of this concerto at the International Jean Sibelius Violin Competition.

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The Philharmonia Orchestra is a world-class symphony orchestra for the 21st century, led by Principal Conductor & Artistic Advisor Esa-Pekka Salonen.

The Orchestra's home is Southbank Centre's Royal Festival Hall, London, where it presents over 50 performances each year. Six other residencies across the UK bring the Philharmonia to a wide national audience. Internationally, the Philharmonia is active across Europe, Asia and the USA.

The Philharmonia was founded in 1945. It has been self-governing since 1964 and is owned by its 80 members. Salonen has been Principal Conductor since 2008, with Santtu-Matias Rouvali being appointed Principal Conductor Designate. Jakub Hrusa is their Principal Guest Conductor, and honorary conductor positions are held by Christoph von Dohnányi and Vladimir Ashkenazy.

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