Mikko Franck (photo: Radio France, Christophe Abramowitz)

A Finnish evening with Mikko Franck

The Finnish conductor Mikko Franck shows us the beauty of the music of his homeland with powerful imagery. The archaic melodies of Jean Sibelius’s Fifth Symphony evoke associations with the austere beauty of the Finnish landscape – particularly in the finale, which was inspired by the sight of swans flying overhead. Esa­Pekka Salonen’s Karawane, in which – according to the composer – heavy animals “lost in time and space” move “through strange landscapes”, also has mystical strength. From Einojuhani Rautavaara, we will hear one of the best-known 20th-century settings of the requiem

Berliner Philharmoniker

Mikko Franck conductor

Rundfunkchor Berlin

Einojuhani Rautavaara

A Requiem in Our Time for brass and percussion

Esa-Pekka Salonen

Karawane for choir and orchestra

Rundfunkchor Berlin choir

Jean Sibelius

Symphony No. 5 in E flat major, op. 82

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Mikko Franck (photo: Radio France, Christophe Abramowitz)