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    Tchaikovsky & Sibelius

    Until 8 Apr
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    Portrait of pianist Pavel Kolesnikov

    The Philharmonia Orchestra brings us Tchaikovsky's turbulent Piano Concerto No.1 and Sibelius' theatrical King Christian II Suite in a broadcast performance.

    Pavel Kolesnikov, a pianist 'in full command of a magnificent range of powers' (The Arts Desk), has risen from BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist to major soloist.

    He joins the Philharmonia Orchestra and conductor Rory Macdonald in Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No.1, a rollercoaster of emotions from its first implacable chords to its fiery finale.

    Sibelius' King Christian II Suite was written in 1904 for a play telling of the fall of a 16th-century ruler.

    Sibelius gives some movements an ancient flavour, with pairs of woodwinds playing rustic tunes.

    Other movements paint Romantic pictures of dusk and night-time with lush string melodies.

    The rousing final movement would have filled a contemporary Finnish audience with patriotic fervour, in no doubt as to the play's nationalist, anti-Russian subtext.

    Sibelius' short Dance Intermezzo, with its tambourines and castanets, transports us to the sunny Mediterranean.

    • Philharmonia Orchestra
    • Rory Macdonald conductor
    • Pavel Kolesnikov piano
    • Sibelius: Dance intermezzo, Op.45 No.2
    • Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No.1
    • Sibelius: King Christian II, suite from the incidental music, Op.27

    Where to watch

    Tickets are available via the Philharmonia Orchestra. You will get an email with a unique link to watch the stream. You can watch as many times as you want after that for 30 days.

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    Dates & times

    First broadcast: available from 7.30pm on Thu 1 Apr and available to buy until Thu 1 Jul.

    Approximate run time: 75 mins.
    Run times may vary by up to 20 minutes as they can be affected by last-minute programme changes, intervals and encores.


    Standard £12


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