Philharmonia - Sibelius, Rachmaninov, Tchaikovsky
Leif Segerstam conducts the Philharmonia Orchestra. Sibelius: Night Ride and Sunrise. Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No 2 (soloist: Denis Matsuev). Tchaikovsky: Symphony No 6.
Live from the Royal Festival Hall
Presented by Martin Handley
Leif Segerstam conducts the Philharmonia Orchestra in Sibelius' nocturnal tone poem Night Ride and Sunrise, and is joined by Russian pianist Denis Matsuev for the enduringly popular Piano Concerto No 2 by Rachmaninov.
The evening concludes with Tchaikovsky's final, enigmatic Symphony No 6, the Pathétique. Written in 1893 the composer himself conducted the first performance in St Petersburg: nine days later he was dead. This, together with speculation about the cause of his death, has resulted in the Pathétique being especially susceptible to interpretation ever since.
Sibelius - Night Ride and Sunrise
Rachmaninov - Piano Concerto No. 2
Tchaikovsky - Symphony No. 6, Pathétique
Denis Matsuev (piano)
Leif Segerstam (conductor).