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THE BBC NORTHERN ORCHESTRA

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Leader, Alfred Barker
Conductor, T. H. Morrison
Despite a contempt for merely academic music, of which he never made any secret, Busoni had all the true artist's reverence for the music of an older day, and Mozart was one to whom he looked up with sincere admiration. The companion piece to this overture-both are dedicated
' in friendship and esteem ' to Wilhelm Gericke of Boston-is his arrangement of Mozart's Overture to IlSeraglio with a concert ending.
This overture, composed first in 1897, and drastically revised in 1904, has something of Mozart's own comedy spirit in its straightforward lines, something of Mozart's conciseness in its shapely design. It is laid out for a modest score, with no trombones.
The symphony in E minor, written in 1809, was not actually Sibelius's first symphony, for as early as 1893 he had written a choral symphony, ' Kullervo '. But ' Kullervo ' has never been published and is not reckoned in the list of the composer's symphonic compositions. When
. Sibelius wrote his E minor Symphony at thirty-four he had not yet completely found his own way. The Symphony is far less austere, far more easily approachable than his later, more mature works. But though romantic and colourful in a vein that Sibelius has long abandoned, it could have been written by no one but him. The striking, passionate chief theme of the first movement, the grim scherzo, the magnificent finale -all bear the stamp of Sibelius's unique mentality.

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Leader: Alfred Barker
Conductor: T. H. Morrison

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