BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

BBC SSO Aberdeen 2013/2014

Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No.2

Friday 25 October 2013, 7.30pm

Sibelius Finlandia (c.8')
Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No.2 (c.35')
Nielsen Symphony No.4 (The inextinguishable) (c.34')

Denis Kozhukhin Piano
Thomas Dausgaard Conductor
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

"Music is life" declared Carl Nielsen of his Fourth Symphony "and like it, inextinguishable". Jean Sibelius, on the other hand, drew his inspiration from Finland's long struggle for cultural freedom. Yet whether they're portraying a primal struggle for existence against the guns of the Great War, or a joyous surge of patriotic pride, both Nielsen and Sibelius grab you by the throat and hurl you straight into the music. Thomas Dausgaard loves every note; and if you heard Denis Kozhukhin'sbreathtaking Prokofiev concerto performances in recent BBC SSO seasons, you'll know to expect every bit as much electricity when the two of them tackle Rachmaninov's best-loved piano concerto.

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