Saturday 21st May 2011 at 7:45pm

Jean Sibelius
Jean Sibelius
Programme May 2011Schubert ‘Symphony No. 8’ (Unfinished) Click to hear a sample from a commercial recording of this work

Paul Creston ‘Marimba Concertino’  Click to hear a sample from a commercial recording of this work
    Soloist Alexander Main-Ian

Sibelius ‘Symphony No.2'  Click to hear a sample from a commercial recording of this work

This Schubert symphony has remained one of the most well loved in the concert repertoire in what seems a perfect unfinished state, though others have tried to complete it. Creston’s Concertino is distinctly tonal in the modern American idiom and possessed of a strong rhythmic sense. Sibelius’s Second is by far the most popular of his symphonies. Its style is characteristic Sibelius, with marvellous dark-hued sonorities, expansive brass chorales, passionate expressiveness, and at the end, with screwed up tension leading to a glorious triumphant conclusion.