Stefan Ciric Piano
Tom Gauterin Conductor
Sibelius Symphony No.4 in A minor
Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No.3 in D minor
BCP’s Rachmaninov concertos cycle with Serbian pianist Stefan Ciric continues tonight with the mighty 3rd concerto, loved by audiences all over the world. ‘Rach 3’ has been a calling-card for the world’s greatest pianists ever since its composition.
The opulence of Rachmaninov’s glorious concerto, written in 1909, is a striking contrast withe the dark austerity of Sibelius’s bleak 4th Symphony written only two years later. Many good judges consider this Sibelius’s greatest work and a fascinating glimpse into the psyche of one of music’s true originals. The 4th marks the turning-point in Sibelius’s work, when he made the transformation from composer of magnificent melodies (like those heard in Finlandia at the start of tonight’s concert) to the visionary whose influence on later composers can still be recognised today.
‘a cracking orchestra’ – Bachtrack.com