Friday 27 Feb 2015, 7.30pmJhide Hall, Kaohsiung

Esa-Pekka Salonen conductor

Yefim Bronfman piano

Sibelius Finlandia

Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1

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Sibelius Symphony No. 2

This concert features one of the most popular piano concertos in the repertoire, Tchaikovsky's First; a wild Cossack-ride through virtuoso territory that leaves audiences breathless in its wake. Incredibly, when Tchaikovsky first showed it to his mentor Nikolay Rubinstein, he was told that only ‘two or three pages’ were worth preserving! Meanwhile, Sibelius reportedly held that his music was as 'pure cold water' as opposed to the 'manufactured cocktails' of some other composers. In tonight's concert, we explore the ever-unfolding melodies of the Sibelius's Second Symphony.