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Liszt's symphonic poem (he invented the genre) is based on Victor Hugo's poem about the legendary Mazeppa, a nobleman caught in flagrante who is tied to a wild horse which is then driven into the night.
Continuing this season's exploration of non-standard concertos, Ailish Tynan tackles a Glière rarity unheard at the Proms since the 1980s. By contrast, Rachmaninov's gloriously lyrical Second Symphony has become a firm favourite in recent years.
A sense of symphonic unity is provided by its network of thematic cross-references, which also give rise to some of the composer's best tunes. The Adagio is especially famous for its lovely, long-breathed clarinet melody over softly murmuring violins.