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BBC SO/Chauhan & Stephen Hough

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Star pianist Stephen Hough plays Rachmaninov’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini while Alphesh Chauhan conducts Bruckner’s unfinished final symphony.

In his most famous work, Sergei Rachmaninov pits piano against orchestra in a witty, bolshie and wickedly entertaining duel. Who wins? Find out as Stephen Hough takes on this remarkable piece.

Anton Bruckner’s last, unfinished symphony was intended as his great spiritual autobiography. Even from the three movements the composer did finish, we experience intense power, cataclysmic terror and exquisite tenderness. Fate decreed that the symphony would end with music apparently slow enough to stop time itself – a great, transfiguring Adagio that forms Bruckner’s epitaph. To begin, the BBC Symphony Orchestra premiere Richard Baker’s orchestral reimagining of a scene from Alfred Hitchcock’s 1956 thriller The Man Who Knew Too Much.

The performance ends at approximately 9.30pm, with a 20-minute interval.

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