Sibelius' Second Symphony


Thursday 6 October 2022, 7.30pm

Perth Concert Hall

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Sibelius' Second Symphony

Richard WAGNER Tannhäuser: Overture (14 mins)

Jean SIBELIUS Symphony No.2 (44 mins)

Tempo andante, ma rubato
Vivacissimo –
Allegro moderato

Pietari Inkinen conductor

Wesfarmers Arts Pre-concert Talk
Find out more about the music in the concert with this week’s speaker, Cecilia Sun. The Pre-concert Talk will take place at 9.40am in the Main Auditorium

Did you know?

Wagner decided to include a ballet sequence in an adaptation of Tannhäuser for a French audience, however with the sequence unconventionally placed in the first act, rather than the second, it led to the performance being disrupted with boos, hisses, and even fist fights.

Wagner revised Tannhäuser again following the riotous French performance - but not swayed by the reaction, he left the ballet sequence in the first act!

Sibelius was considered to be a late bloomer in the world of composing - he did not write his first symphony until the age of 33.

Sibelius' Second Symphony became a symbol of national liberation for Finland following its premiere.

Sibelius' Symphony No.2 Listening Guide

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