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PROMS 2011 HALLE/MARK ELDER YOU'RE more likely to have heard Sibelius's Scenes Historiques, if at all, on CD or the radio rather than in the concert hall. Their inclusion in last night's Prom provided a welcome opportunity to experience the second suite live.

From the start they have Sibelian fingerprints all over them. The familiar galloping figuration and swinging horn calls are there in the first movement but perhaps that's not so surprising in a piece depicting a hunt. The second movement, Chant d'Amour, enters, for Sibelius, less obvious territory, though this love song has a markedly folkish flavour.


Sibelius is in galloping mode again in his Seventh Symphony, though now to more elemental effect. Skilfully balancing the music's tensile strength and structural rigour against the lighter, sunnier episodes, Mark Elder drew from the Halle a persuasive account of one of Sibelius's most compact and elusive scores.

Its full score not quite complete when Bartok died at the age of 64, the Third Piano Concerto is one of the composer's more genial works. …

Source : https://www.questia.com/newspaper/1G1-262054580/galloping-to-the-call-of-sibelius

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