Finlandia, Op. 26
Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 47
Symphony No. 5 in E flat major, Op. 82
Anna-Liisa Bezrodny violin
Douglas Boyd conductor
Depressed, broke and ill, Jean Sibelius walked onto his veranda one day and saw a flock of 16 swans taking flight over the lake. ‘One of the greatest moments of my life,’ Sibelius wrote in his diary, ‘legato in the trumpets.’ The swans gave Sibelius the main theme for his fifth symphony. In its final movement, and against the odds, they ascend and disappear – nature transcending the agony of life. Douglas Boyd makes his Oxford Philharmonic debut in this concert giving exclusive voice to the fire-and-ice world of Finland’s great composer, opening with his stirring hymn Finlandia and including our own Associate Concertmaster Anna-Liisa Bezrodny in his virtuosic Violin Concerto.
The concert is scheduled to end at approximately 21:45