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Live from Bridgewater Hall in Manchester, presented by Petroc Trelawny
Southern sunshine permeates a northern winter evening as composers look southwards for inspiration and warmth. Elgar's In the South takes its subtitle 'Alassio' from the name of the Italian town where he and his family escaped the winter of 1903-4. For Saint-Saëns Egypt was a favourite destination, hence the nickname of his final piano concerto, which he wrote in Luxor. Walton's Second Symphony, written on the Mediterranean island of Ischia where he'd settled, was mostly written off as hopelessly conservative back in 1960 when he composed it, but today it is recognised not only as one as of Walton's masterpieces but as one of the greatest symphonies of the 20th century.
Walton - Symphony No.2
Philippe Cassard (piano)
BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
Yan Pascal Tortelier (conductor).