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Winter Wind-down

Part of Classical Season 2020/21

The BBC Concert Orchestra’s winter mix-tape features the Norwegian violinist Mari Samuelsen and a liner list of Bach, Pärt and Max Richter

It opens with Cantus Arcticus for orchestra & taped bird song by Finnish composer Einojuhani Rautavaara, which incorporates tapes of birds recorded near the Arctic Circle and in northern Finland.

There’s also music from Estonia, Iceland and Latvia: Arvo Pärt’s celestial Fratres, Anna Thorvaldsdottir’s magnetic Aeriality and Peteris Vasks’ meditative Lonely Angel.

Max Richter subjects Vivaldi to an avant-garde reimagining in the alien soundscape of Winter from Vivaldi's Four Seasons Recomposed.

Violinist Mari Samuelsen’s first album, released in 2019, explores the human longing to escape into nature.


BBC Concert Orchestra
Bramwell Tovey conductor
Mari Samuelsen violin


Rautavaara: Cantus Arcticus for orchestra & taped bird song
JS Bach: Violin Concerto in E, BWV.1042
Anna Thorvaldsdottir: Aeriality
Programme includes: -
Arvo Pärt: Fratres
Max Richter: Winter from Vivaldi's Four Seasons Recomposed
Pēteris Vasks: Lonely Angel (Meditation) for violin & strings

Dates & times

4 Dec 2020
Approximate run time: 135 mins
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Queen Elizabeth Hall


£12 - £28
Booking fee: £3.50 (Members £0.00)
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