First it was a work for two pianos, then a symphony, and finally the mighty piano concerto we hear today.
Brahms’ rich, lush Piano Concerto No.1 showcases his inventive brilliance – from its enormous opening through to its energetic finale, realised here with the pianistic verve and energy of Simon Trpčeski.
Brahms and Tchaikovsky are a powerful pairing as they share the same daring Romantic spirit. Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No.4 opens with an arresting motif from the horns – described by Tchaikovsky as his depiction of Fate. What follows is a vast and beautiful journey through movements that are, by turns, lyrical and light-hearted, leading to a famous and thrilling finale.
JESSICA WELLS Uplift
Fifty Fanfares Commission
Piano Concerto No.1
TCHAIKOVSKY Symphony No.4