Debussy's ground-breaking prelude is a delicate and subtle translation into sound of a lazy summer afternoon.
Bartók's thrilling and spectacular Piano Concerto no. 2 is an all-stops-out masterpiece. Its characteristic structure has the central mysterious slow movement interrupted by a whirlwind scherzo, and framed by dynamic outer movements of great power, energy, and excitement.
Elgar's Second Symphony was dedicated to King Edward VII, but like much of his music, behind the grandeur of its public face lies a more thoughtful and uncertain world. Elgar's mastery of this wide range of emotional expression, and ability to use his large orchestra to powerful effect, is complete.