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Thursday 20 June 2013 at 7.30pm

Symphony Hall, Birmingham +44 (0)121 345 0600

Edward Gardner  conductor
Lucy Crowe  soprano

Sibelius: Symphony No. 3 26'
Lutoslawski: Chantefleurs et Chantefables 16'
Sibelius: Luonnotar 9'
Lutoslawski: Symphony No. 3 28'

Sibelius took the classical symphony and charged it with the freshness and energy of nature itself. Lutoslawski, meanwhile, launched brilliant musical fireworks into the grey skies of postwar Poland. Edward Gardner loves them both, and he begins and ends this concert with two of the twentieth century’s most original – and inspiring – symphonies. In between, something magical happens, as soprano Lucy Crowe re-tells Sibelius’s primal northern myth - and proves that Lutoslawski’s enchanted nursery rhymes aren’t just for children.

Lutoslawski Centenary 2013: Woven Words by Philharmonia Orchestra.

£10, £15, £20, £24, £26.50, £31.50, £36, £39.50, £42

If you like this concert, you might also like:
Ol’ Blue Eyes, Friday 21 June
The Birmingham Beethoven Cycle: Symphonies 8 & 9, Thursday 27 & Saturday 29 June

Pre-concert talk at 6.15pm
Introducing Lutoslawski
Anthony Burton introduces tonight's two works by this great post-war composer.