Mahler admired him; Richard Strauss was awestruck by his genius. And if you enjoy both those composers, you’ll simply fall in love with the music of Erich Wolfgang Korngold, last of the great Viennese romantics. There’s no better way to discover his music than with his glorious Sinfonietta: written when the composer was just 16 years old, it’s 45 minutes of epic drama, dazzling colour and the sweetest, most swoonsome waltz tunes you could ever hope to hear.
For John Storgårds, it’s a real passion: it’s certainly a powerful contrast to Peter Maxwell Davies’s windswept Orkney seascape A Reel of Seven Fishermen. The smooth art-deco lines of Copland’s jazzy Concerto, meanwhile, make an ideal showcase for one of Britain’s best-loved young clarinettists, Julian Bliss.
Preview, 6.30pm: John Storgårds in conversation with Simon Webb.