In music, there’s more than one way to tell a story. Quiet piano chords launch Rachmaninov’s Second Piano Concerto, the perfect symbol for a composer summoning the creative confidence to write the most popular piano concerto of the 20th century. Rimsky-Korsakov is more forthright: instruments actually become characters in his hugely popular Arabian Nights fantasy – though if anyone can uncover the secrets behind the glitter, it’s Ilan Volkov. And Edmund Finnis? We can’t say yet: we simply know that it’s worth hearing any story that this “compelling” (The Daily Telegraph) young British composer has to tell.
CHANGE OF ARTIST: Vadym Kholodenko replaces Yevgeny Sudbin who is unwell.
Prelude: 2.00pm (free to ticket holders)
Peter Nelson from the University of Edinburgh discusses the featured works.
The concert will be recorded for future broadcast on BBC Radio 3.