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Sibelius, Nielsen & Bacewicz

Sibelius’s last symphony is one of the musical wonders of the last century - a score born of personal struggle that manages to be profound, majestic and humbling. In its short, single-movement span, the symphony appears to live a whole life. Here Thomas Søndergård combines the Seventh Symphony that seems to flow like mighty river with its immediate predecessor, the Sixth, a score that appears to freewheel like a bicycle careering down a hill.


Allessandro Carbonare steps into the mischevious shoes of Carl Nielsen’s wickedly entertaining Clarinet Concerto - the composer’s attempt to capture the essence of the instrument he described as ‘warm hearted and completely hysterical, gentle as balm and screaming as a streetcar on poorly lubricated rails’.