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Philharmonia - Sibelius, Grieg, Rachmaninov

Philharmonia Orchestra under Vladimir Ashkenazy. Sibelius: Incidental music (Pelleas et Melisande). Grieg: Piano Concerto (soloist - Nikolai Lugansky). Rachmaninov: Symphony No 2.

Presented by Ian Skelly

Vladimir Ashkenazy returns to conduct the Philharmonia Orchestra, pairing a Russian symphony with works from Scandinavia. They open with Sibelius, who wrote a number of scores for the theatre. He couldn't resist the opportunity to write incidental music for Pelleas et Melisande, as had several other composers before him. The charismatic Russian pianist Nikolai Lugansky joins the orchestra for Greig's romantic and virtuosic concerto.

The concert ends with Rachmaninov - his Second Symphony, which is one of the pinnacles of the Russian symphonic tradition. From the brooding first movement, through the beautiful climax of the slow movement, to the finale which is a summation of all that has gone before, the work is a real journey through the Russian musical landscape and the world of Rachmaninov's imagination.

Sibelius: Incidental music to Pelleas et Melisande
Grieg: Piano Concerto in A minor
Rachmaninov: Symphony no.2 in E minor

Philharmonia Orchestra
Nikolai Lugansky (piano)
conductor Vladimir Ashkenazy

Followed by 100 Years of German Song - from a concert at Wigmore Hall London, launching their Lieder series which explores German song by the decade. Including:

Weber: Abschied vom Leben

Michael Schade (tenor)
Malcolm Martineau (piano).

2 hours, 15 minutes