Tchaikovsky's piano concerto set the pattern for many future pieces with its dramatic confrontation between heroic soloist and eloquent orchestra.
Borodin's epic second symphony is one of the boldest and most colourful of its time. The composer was at the peak of his powers while writing this work, and its four movements are packed with musical incident, culminating in a resplendent finale.
Rimsky-Korsakov was captivated by the dash and glitter of popular Spanish musical themes, and worked several of them into the striking and piquantly orchestrated piece that closes this concert.
The Philharmonia Orchestra is Anvil Arts’ Orchestra in Partnership.