Total Immersion: New from the North

Music, Classical and opera
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This day of Scandinavian music and film kicks off, at 10.15am, with Deborah Warner's BBC production of Ibsen's 'Hedda Gabler', starring Fiona Shaw in the title role, with music by Per Nørgard. At 1pm the Vertavo Quartet performs the world premiere of Poul Ruders's String Quartet No 4, along with Jouni Kaipainen's String Quartet No 6, 'The Terror Run'; Kaija Saariaho's 'Terra Memoria'; and Hans Abrahamsen's String Quartet No 3. At 3pm there is a screening of Martin Verdet's film 'Timeless Harvest', which follows Per Nørgard, cellists Valter Despalj and Ralph Kirschbaum and the Kroger Quartet at work at Frederiksdal Manor on the Danish island of Lolland. At 6pm, The BBC Singers, conducted by James Morgan, perform Esa-Pekka Salonen's 'Two Songs from Kalender Röd'; Einojuhani Rautavaara's 'Canticum Mariae Virginis'; Bo Holten's 'In nomine'; Per Nørgård's 'Wie ein Kind'; Jussi Chydenius's 'I am the great sun'; and Olli Kortekangas's 'The way to the woods' at St Giles Cripplegate. Then, at 8pm, John Storgårds conducts the BBC Symphony Orchestra in UK Premieres of Sunleif Rasmussen's Prelude for Brass; Sebastian Fagerlund's Clarinet concerto, featuring clarinettist Christoffer Sundqvist; Magnus Lindberg's 'Era'; and Per Nørgård's Symphony No 8.


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