Conductor John Storgårds delves into the great legends mapped out in Sibelius’s mythological Lemminkäinen Suite, inspired by the nineteenth century epic Kalevala – one of the few works that can boast of sculpting Finnish national identity as much as Sibelius himself. Following this, Garrick Ohlsson leads us into a fifth legend – Rachmaninov’s fiendishly challenging Piano Concerto No. 3 known for being a daunting trial through which only a select few dare to test their mettle, this concerto is nevertheless a wondrous display of Late Romantic melody and colour.
John Storgårds – conductor Garrick Olssohn – piano
Sibelius Lemminkäinen Suite Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No. 3