Søndergård’s Sibelius takes London by storm



The Danish conductor made his London debut

Bravo to Thomas Søndergård who jumped in at short notice for an indisposed Neeme Järvi on Friday to conduct the BBC Symphony Orchestra, making his triumphant London debut.

The programme of Dvarionas Violin Concerto (Vadim Gluzman/UK premiere) and Sibelius’ En Saga and Second Symphony received rapturous applause and a standing ovation in the Barbican, the players offering the Danish maestro the rare honour of his own bow on the podium. George Hall of The Guardian was full of praise in his four-star review, particularly for the symphony “whose structure is rarely so impressively delivered and whose final apotheosis achieved unalloyed grandeur”.

UK audiences can expect to see much more from Søndergård next season when takes up the roles of both Principal Conductor at BBCNOW and Principal Guest at RSNO.

 

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