Si­belius-lite

BBC Music Magazine - - Letters -

When I tuned into this year’s ‘Ten Pieces’ Prom, the open­ing mu­sic was Fin­lan­dia. The au­di­ence was given a back­ground on Si­belius and how his fa­mous work came to be com­posed. When the per­for­mance be­gan, I was in dis­be­lief when the BBC Sym­phony Orches­tra un­der Rafael Pa­yare reached the great hymn. The wood­wind sec­tion was dropped com­pletely as the strings took up the noble theme. The ef­fect on me was cat­a­clysmic. Why was the mu­sic trun­cated in this way? Peter Fran­k­land, Bury

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