THE MUSIC of Jean Sibelius is the focus of a concert at Stratford Playhouse on January 21.
It was the music of the Finnish composer that first sparked conductor Tom Hammond’s interest in classical music.
He found the mystical world of The Swan of Tuonela entrancing on first hearing it and the haunting tone poem opens Intimate Voices – a concert curated and conducted by Hammond with Orchestra of the Swan.
In Intimate Voices, Hammond combines his great love of Sibelius’ music with his skill in creating imaginative programmes to explore the musical and personal landscape of Sibelius through his own words and compositions.
From the magical sonorities of The Tempest and the stark simplicity of Scene with Cranes to the bold, distilled complexity of the seventh symphony, Sibelius the man is revealed through the intimate thoughts in his letters and the dark, awe-inspiring qualities of his musical imagination.
Tamsin Waley-Cohen joins Hammond and the orchestra as soloist in the rarely-played Humoresques for violin and orchestra – highly virtuosic yet introspective miniatures which reveal the composer’s great love of the violin, and which Hammond believes are musically superior even to the Violin Concerto.
For Hammond, Intimate Voices is “a dream of a programme”, containing some of his favourite music, and an opportunity for audiences to experience Sibelius’ lesser-known works.
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