Kaija Saariaho: Lumière et pesanteur
Jean Sibelius: Symphony no. 6, op. 104
Daniel Bjarnason: Concerto for violin and orchestra (Belgian première)
Jean Sibelius: Symphony no. 7, op. 105
The Finnish conductor and composer Esa-Pekka Salonen will be heading the legendary Philharmonia Orchestra to celebrate the 100th anniversary of his country’s independence. The programme naturally features Sibelius, and his fascinating Seventh Symphony, in one movement. The programme also includes contemporary music: Icelandic Daníel Bjarnason’s Violin Concerto and Finnish Kaija Saariaho’s Lumière et pesanteur. Performing as a soloist is the phenomenal Pekka Kuusisto, who hails from a distinguished family of Finnish musicians.