Finland's leading conductor makes his long-awaited return to the Pittsburgh Symphony to celebrate the 150th birthday of his country's most esteemed composer, Jean Sibelius. The concert opens with the rousing Finlandia, one of the world's great works of musical patriotism. Its slow hymn-like passage before the finale perfectly embodies the aspirations of a country trying to free itself from foreign oppression. Canadian violinist James Ehnes returns to Pittsburgh to perform Sibelius' only concerto, a mercilessly beautiful yet highly virtuosic work. His Symphony No. 2 closes the program, full of warm strings, playful woodwinds and the most heroic of finales.
Sibelius: Finlandia, Opus 26, No. 7
Sibelius: Concerto in D minor for Violin and Orchestra, Opus 47
Sibelius: Symphony No. 2 in D major, Opus 43
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