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6 Oct

Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra & Tero Saarinen Company in Bruges

Sibelius’s monument by the original orchestra

FRI 11 OCT 201920.00

Sibelius’s Fifth Symphony, a heroic and vibrant work, was composed to celebrate his fiftieth birthday. At its premiere, Sibelius himself conducted the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, which is also performing it for us at 11/10 in Bruges. In his Fifth, Sibelius pulls out all the stops and treats his audience to a listening course in heroism. Those who hear its six hammer-blow final chords will readily agree with the following entry from Sibelius’s diary: ‘When I climb the mountain, God opens His gates and His orchestra plays my Fifth Symphony.’ While writing this masterpiece, Sibelius saw sixteen wild swans flying over the Finnish landscape. A wonderful experience that completely enchanted him and provided the inspiration for his tone poem The Swan of Tuonela. The first part of the evening ends with a danced version of Zimmerman’s Cello Concerto by the Tero Saarinen Company.


Jean Sibelius (1865-1957)
The Swan of Tuonela, opus 22 no. 2

Bernd-Alois Zimmermann (1918-1970)
Cello Concerto

Jean Sibelius
Symphony no. 5 in E-flat, opus 82

Zimmermann Trio commissioned by the Los Angeles Philharmonic & Helsinki Festival, with the support of the Jane and Aatos Erkko Foundation.

With thanks to Trasparenze Festival (Modena), Teatro dei Venti (Modena) & ATER – Associazione Teatrale Emilia Romagna.


Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra: orchestra
Susanna Mälkki: conductor
Oren Shevlin: cello
Tero Saarinen Company: dance
Tero Saarinen: choreography
Jenna Broas, Misa Lommi, David Scarantino: dance
Mikki Kunttu: light and set design
Erika Turunen: costume design and construction elements
Sini Länsivuori: choreography assistance
Satu Halttunen: rehearsal director


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