Halle - Brahms, Wagner, Sibelius
From the Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham, Halle under Mark Elder. Brahms: Piano Concerto No 1 (soloist: Paul Lewis). Wagner: Overture (The Flying Dutchman). Sibelius: Symphony No 5.
Live from the Royal Concert Hall in Nottingham
Presented by Martin Handley
Sir Mark Elder conducts The Hallé and pianist Paul Lewis in Brahms, Wagner & Sibelius.
Brahms: Piano Concerto No.1
Interval, including piano music by Liszt and Schubert Lieder featuring tonight's soloist Paul Lewis.
Wagner: Overture - The Flying Dutchman
Sibelius: Symphony No.5
Paul Lewis (piano)
Sir Mark Elder (conductor)
The new Nottingham Classics season begins dramatically with Brahms's First Piano Concerto. Brahms may have been only 25 when he wrote it, but this musical epic distils some of his most powerful emotions. Acclaimed British pianist Paul Lewis makes an eagerly-anticipated return to the Royal Concert Hall after a break of ten years. The storm and stress of Brahms's Concerto is matched by Wagner's tempestuous overture to his opera The Flying Dutchman before Sibelius's Fifth Symphony ends the concert with a compelling Finnish soundscape, its concentrated energy driving towards a glorious, soaring conclusion.