- Concerto for Two Pianos
- Symphony No. 6, ‘Pathétique’
- Josep Caballé-Domenech
- Horus Piano Duo
- Nora Emody & Ahmed Abou-Zahra
Finlandia was written by Sibelius not simply as a celebration of Finland but as a sort of extended protest song against Russian rule. It was an instant hit with his fellow countrymen and features the famous hymn tune of the composer’s own creation.
After an opening full of dark mystery, the music of Tchaikovsky’s glorious Pathétique Symphony blossoms into one of his finest themes, overflowing with bittersweet longing and heartfelt passion.
Sandwiched between these great works is Poulenc’s Concerto for Two Pianos: a rare treat. A work of sparkling colours and seductive harmonies, Poulenc’s work is a revelation – not to be missed.