Composed in 1868 while he was holidaying with his wife and young child in Denmark, Grieg's Piano Concerto embodies the spirit of one of the happiest times of the composer's life. But it was more than two years later, after he showed it to the great Franz Liszt, before it achieved the public popularity that it has enjoyed ever since. By comparison, Holst's planetary masterwork hit the British music scene like a thunderbolt. Practically overnight, he found himself elevated from the position of a virtual unknown into a national celebrity.
More concerts with Vladimir Ashkenazy:
Jun 13 2013, 19:30 - Royal Festival Hall
Ashkenazy conducts James Ehnes in Elgar’s Violin Concerto along with Walton's Symphony No. 1
Jun 15 2013, 19:30 - Symphony Hall
Ashkenazy in Birmingham
London Autumn-Spring 2013/14
Find out about the Philharmonia's 2013/14 season of concerts at Southbank Centre's Royal Festival Hall