Finnish Conductor John Storgårds leads the BBC Philharmonic in pairing two of Sibelius's most popular pieces, Finlandia and the Second Symphony, with two lesser-known British works (Peter Maxwell Davies's Fifth Symphony, Frank Bridge's Oration).
The program highlights two themes of this year's Proms. The centenary of the outbreak of World War I is commemorated with Oration, a haunting one-movement cello concerto composed in 1930 (with the young soloist Leonard Elschenbroich). Composer Peter Maxwell Davies’s 80th birthday is another major thread this year, acknowledged with his Fifth Symphony.
Jean Sibelius: Finlandia
Sir Peter Maxwell Davies: Symphony No. 5
Frank Bridge: Oration
Paul Hindemith: Cello Sonata, Op.25 No.3; 5th movement (Mäßig schnell)
Jean Sibelius: Symphony No. 2 in D major
Leonard Elschenbroich, Cello
John Storgårds, Conductor