Tchaikovsky & Sibelius
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
Dates & times
First broadcast: available from 7.30pm on Thu 1 Apr and available to buy until Thu 1 Jul.
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