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Heroes and Heartache

Joseph Swensen and BBC NOW perform Grieg's Peer Gynt Suite and Tchaikovsky's Sixth, and final, Symphony. Yevgeny Sudbin is the soloist in Grieg's Piano Concerto.

Conductor Joseph Swensen draws on his Norwegian roots to perform two stunning works by Edward Grieg with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. First on the bill is his cherished Peer Gynt, the incidental music to Henrik Ibsen's play heard here in the first suite of music that Grieg compiled from the original production. Following that, the Orchestra are joined by Yevgeny Sudbin for a performance of Grieg's celebrated Piano Concerto; full of Norwegian folk-music influences, it was the piece that helped launch Grieg's compositional career. The evening concludes with Tchaikovsky's emotionally charged Sixth Symphony, the Pathetique. It was the last symphony that he would write, and he famously died only nine days after conducting the premiere.

Presented by Nicola Heywood Thomas, recorded in St. David's Hall, Cardiff last week.

Grieg: Peer Gynt Suite No 1, Op 46
Grieg: Piano Concerto, Op 16

8.25 Interval Music

8.45 Tchaikovsky: Symphony No 6 in B minor, Op 74

Yevgeny Sudbin (piano)
BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Joseph Swensen (conductor)

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2 hours, 28 minutes

Music Played

  • Edvard Grieg

    Peer Gynt Suite No 1, Op 46

    Orchestra: BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Conductor: Joseph Swensen.
  • Edvard Grieg

    Piano Concerto in A minor, Op 16

    Performer: Yevgeny Sudbin. Orchestra: BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Conductor: Joseph Swensen.
  • Domenico Scarlatti

    Sonata in B minor, Kk 197

    Performer: Yevgeny Sudbin.
  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    Paino Trio in A minor, Op 50 (1st mvt, 'Pezzo elegiaco')

    Performer: Yevgeny Sudbin. Performer: Vadim Gluzman. Performer: Johannes Moser.
  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    Symphony No 6 in B minor, Op 74, 'Pathétique'

    Orchestra: BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Conductor: Joseph Swensen.
  • Sergei Prokofiev

    Symphony No 5 in B flat major, Op 100 (3rd mvt)

    Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Michael Tilson Thomas.
    • Prokofiev: Symphonies nos. 5 & 1: Tilson Thomas.
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