Rachmaninoff's piano concertos are loved the world over. His first, written when the composer was only eighteen years of age, has not been heard in Iceland for many years. The soloist is the Ukrainian Alexander Romanovsky, an outstanding pianist of the Russian school who won first prize in the Ferruccio Busoni International Piano Competition in Italy, at age seventeen. Also on this evening's programme is Sibelius' incidental music to the Shakespeare play The Tempest, which bears eloquent witness to the composer's ability to sketch rich and colourful tonal pictures. Beethoven's buoyant Symphony no. 1 has lifted the spirits of audiences around the world ever since its Vienna premiere under the baton of the conductor in 1800. Russian conductor Dima Slobodeniouk has drawn considerable attention for his lively and powerful interpretation.
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