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BSO: Darkness Into Light

Beethoven, Sibelius, Tchaikovsky

Wed 17 Jan 2024

Artist: Sunwook Kim (conductor), Clara-Jumi Kang (violin)

The atmospheric opening of Sibelius’ only concerto casts an immediate spell of mystery. The solo violin emerges out of a murmuring bed of strings, with a long, yearning theme of ever-growing intensity, which continues to be developed throughout before reaching the thrilling, pulsing finale. After a shaky start, Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony soon became recognised for the masterpiece it undoubtedly is. He wrote that its subject was “Providence”, more specifically it is a journey from darkness and despair into light and triumph, accomplished partly by the musical character of the individual movements, and partly through a recurring ‘motto’ theme, which appears in different guises. Beethoven’s heroic overture conveys the essence of a profound drama with unforgettable intensity, maintaining a tone of tragedy throughout.

Please note this concert is being livestreamed and some shots will include wide angle views of the audience.

Works and composers
• Beethoven, Coriolan Overture
• Sibelius, Violin Concerto
• Tchaikovsky, Symphony No.5