Closing the Philharmonia's 2012/13 season in style, tonight's concert opens with Rossini's Barber of Seville Overture and Mozart's D minor Piano Concerto, whose dramatic sense of foreboding made such an indelible impact on Brahms and Beethoven that they both composed solo cadenzas for it. The evening ends with Sibelius' rousing Second Symphony, whose lyrical splendour possesses a choreographic flair and majesty. Little wonder that English musicologist Julius Harrison enthused that, 'of all the great writers since the last of the great classical composers, Sibelius is the one recognised by cultured musicians as the most fitting successor to the immortal Brahms.'
More concerts at Royal Festival Hall
May 30 2013, 19:30 - Royal Festival Hall
Esa-Pekka conducts The Rite of Spring in its centenary performance alongside Debussy's Prelude à l'après-midi d'un faune and Varèse's Amériques
Jun 01 2013, 19:30 - Royal Festival Hall
Barry Norman hosts 'A Night at the OSCARS', celebrating some of cinema's most iconic soundtracks