Sibelius’s brooding Seventh Symphony is paired with Mahler’s sublime Fourth Symphony, for which they are joined by Swedish soprano Johanna Wallroth.
The Oslo Philharmonic and its Chief Conductor Klaus Mäkelä perform two captivating works. The concert opens with the Epilogue from the oratorio Earth’s Song by Norwegian composer Rolf Gupta – a work that won the Critics Prize in 2020.
Gupta describes his piece Earth’s Song as ‘a reflection of the wonder, longing and joy of creation’. The atmospheric Epilogue is a spacious, spine-tingling orchestral movement that evokes the vastness of the cosmos itself.
Gustav Mahler and Jean Sibelius met and discussed their different visions of what a symphony should be, and their contrasting approaches are encapsulated here. Sibelius’s hypnotic Seventh Symphony is a concise yet profound statement in one continuous movement, while Mahler’s Fourth Symphony ends with a radiant vision of heaven.
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Klaus Mäkelä Conductor
Johanna Wallroth Soprano
Rolf Gupta Epilogue from Earth’s Song
Sibelius Symphony No 7
Mahler Symphony No 4