Grande Finale – Sibelius with Oramo III
Sakari Oramo leads the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra in Sibelius’ Symphony No. 5 and Finlandia.
About the video
- From a livestream 26 May 2021.
- The video is approximately one hour and 34 minutes.
Grand Finale: Sakari Oramo’s final concerts as chief conductor of the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra were an in-depth journey through Jean Sibelius’ creations, including all seven symphonies in chronological order. “In his case specifically, I believe the order matters”, said Sakari Oramo. “He worked on several symphonies simultaneously, and there are always elements in one symphony that can be detected in the symphony preceding it.”
In the summer of 1914, Sibelius wrote in his diary: “Found a wonderful theme!” He had seen 16 swans. “One of my life’s great experiences! My God, what beauty.” At that point, the fifth symphony had been in his mind since 1912. Yet these were uncertain times: World War I was around the corner and he personally faced significant financial troubles. He struggled with the form in Symphony No. 5 and felt hesitant to the very end. Four movements became three, with a hugely eventful and original first movement. After a contrasting, almost naive middle movement comes the triumphant finale, including the famous “swan call”. Along with Symphony No. 2, Symphony No. 5 is perhaps Sibelius’ most beloved.
Jean Sibelius Finlandia op 26
Jean Sibelius Symphony No. 5
Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
Sakari Oramo conductor
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