Over Easter weekend, the new Classic FM Hall of Fame was revealed and this afternoon, Moira Stuart begins her first Hall of Fame Concert since the countdown with the snowy mountains in Sibelius’ Finlandia, which fell to its lowest ever position this year, before a whimsically spooky dance by Saint-Saens.
The piano is showcased in all its glory in Beethoven’s ‘Emperor’ concerto, which held onto its place at number 6 in the chart, played in a stunning recording by Alfred Brendel accompanied by the London Philharmonic Orchestra, before a choral favourite by Mozart provides an moment to unwind and relax.
Finally, we hear the tales of One Thousand and One Nights in Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade, which sits comfortably at number 48 in this year’s chart, performed in full by the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra led by the great Herbert von Karajan.
Finlandia Op. 26
Andrew Davis conducts the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra