Jansen Plays Sibelius

Thursday 5 November 2009 at 7.30pm

Symphony Hall, Birmingham +44 (0)121-780 3333

Ilan Volkov  conductor
Janine Jansen  violin

Chin: Rocaná (UK premiere) 21′
Sibelius: Violin Concerto 31′
Brahms: Symphony No. 2 39′

One concert: three extraordinary musical worlds. Korean composer Unsuk Chin has attracted a worldwide following for her magical, brilliantly imaginative music – and this is your first chance in Britain to hear Rocaná, an astonishing “sound sculpture” inspired by impressionist art and the composer’s own dreams. Then we’re off to the brooding northern landscape of Sibelius’ popular Violin Concerto (with the stunning Janine Jansen as soloist), and finally to the sunlit Alpine meadows of Brahms’ happiest symphony. Lullabies, horn calls and jubilant trumpets all come together in some of the loveliest music he ever wrote. www.cbso.co.uk

Review from Rian Evans, Guardian:


“Conductor Ilan Volkov was at the helm when Unsuk Chin’s cello concerto was acclaimed at last year’s Proms, and his affinity for her detailed style was evident as he directed the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra in the UK premiere of Chin’s 2008 work for orchestra, Rocaná.” …


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