Its memorable melodies instantly won the hearts of the Finnish public, who saw in the symphony their own struggle for independence.
From the warm opening in the strings, the symphony moves into an intense second movement, where a lonely bass line sounds against towering brass.
Out of this comes a daring transformation from darkness to light, as the full orchestra finally surges into a radiant conclusion.
Alongside the symphony, Alexander Gavrylyuk performs Tchaikovsky’s thrilling First Piano Concerto, instantly recognisable from its majestic opening chords.
RepertoireBrahms: Academic Festival Overture
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