- Academic Festival Overture
- Piano Concerto No.3
- Symphony No.1, ‘Winter Daydreams’
- Grzegorz Nowak
- Roustem Saitkoulov
For his Academic Festival Overture, Brahms emphasised the festive rather than the scholarly. Written to contrast with the more sober Tragic Overture, the work is full of ebullient high spirits, using student drinking songs as lively inspiration.
At the heart of this programme is the glorious Piano Concerto No. 3 by Rachmaninov. Like Rachmaninov’s Concerto No. 2, this work brims with yearning passion, as well as showcasing the soloist’s dazzling dexterity.
Tchaikovsky’s First Symphony rounds off the concert with one of the composer’s most vividly descriptive scores. He called the work ‘Winter Daydreams’, and the music charts a wintry journey through bare landscapes and cold mists, with folk-tunes raising the temperature in the finale.