Today we’ll hear two early works by Finnish composer Jean Sibelius: his short choral work called Tulen Synty ("The Origin of Fire") and his Symphony #2, both performed by the Helsinki Philharmonic and conductor Paavo Berglund.
The classical music world rejoices today, as we celebrate the 200th birthday of Poland’s Frederic Chopin (1810-1849). This afternoon, we’ll have four distinct hours of Chopin’s music, each covering a different aspect of his magnificent output.
This afternoon we’ll hear Mozart’s unforgettable Requiem, K. 626, as well as the overture to his opera Die Zauberflote. We’ll also hear pianist Barry Douglas playing a concerto by Liszt, and a concerto for harp by Carl Reinecke.