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Schumann Overture, Genoveva
Kalevi Aho Sieidi. Concerto for Solo Percussion and Orchestra (world première)*
Brahms Symphony No. 1
Osmo Vänskä conductor
Colin Currie

Radiant joy and intense poetry characterise recent works from the pen of Finnish composer Kalevi Aho. His style might continue to adapt and evolve, but he never ceases to arouse listeners and make them aware of the world in alluring and enlightening ways. Here percussionist Colin Currie unveils the new concerto written for him by Aho in what is one of the most eagerly anticipated premières of the season. It is followed by the symphony Brahms thought he could never write: his post-Beethoven First – its opening passages famously launching like an arrow-shot in slow-motion, steamrolling towards an angelicAndante and a cheering, striding finale.

*Kalevi Aho’s Sieidi. Concerto for Solo Percussion and Orchestra is commissioned by the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Luosto Classic Festival and Gothenburg Symphony.
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