Saturday 24th January 2004

Sibelius Symphony No. 7

Nielsen Flute Concerto Burak Besir Flute

Beethoven Symphony No. 2 op 36 in D Major

Ludwig van Beethoven

Two contrasting symphonies sandwich Nielsen's delightful concerto, which has been described as “piquant, fluent and with no dearth of humour”. Beethoven’s Second Symphony is very much an example of pure “classical” style, whereas Sibelius described his own later works as offering the public “pure cold water”, while other composers were engaged in manufacturing cocktails.

Burak Besir (flute) is a 2003 winner of The Philip and Dorothy Green Award for Young Concert Artists. This scheme, run by "Making Music" (formerly known as the National Federation of Music Societies) has been instrumental in launching the careers of many of today's stars. Burak Besir was born in Cyprus. After early training in Cyprus and Ankara, he moved to the UK and took his MMus Performance Degree at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. He has given recitals in Cyprus and Istanbul as well as in England.