Today at the Proms - Prom 20

Continuing our daily coverage of what's on at The Proms 2019, Susan Omand has a quick look at the programme for Prom 20: Pekka Kuusisto and the BBC SSO ...

Twenty Proms in already! Where does the time go?

Anyway, we can look forward to a Sibelius evening while we ponder the temporal mysteries of the universe.

If we start at the end of the evening [is that the Finnish finish? - Ed] after the interval we'll get a fascinating insight into the original draft [so the unfinished Finnish finish - Ed] of Sibelius' 5th Symphony which got much refined [he finally finessed and finished the unfinished Finnish finish then? - Ed] over the next four years but it will be interesting to see where it started. 

Before the interval we get Sibelius' Violin Concerto in D minor, thanks to the Finnish (shut up Ed) violinist Pekka Kuusisto. If you're a regular proms viewer, you'll remember him from his impromptu encore from 2016 (below), so it will be fun to see if he does something similar this year...

Here's the full programme for this evening's Prom which you can listen to live from 19:30 on Radio 3 or on the iPlayer 

Jean Sibelius
Violin Concerto in D minor(34 mins)Henry Wood Novelties: UK premiere, 1907


Jean Sibelius
Symphony No. 5 in E flat major (original version, 1915)(36 mins)UK Premiere

Image - Photo © Chris Christodoulou

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