Carinthian Symphony Orchestra Enigma MASTER CONCERT / CONDUCTOR Nicholas Milton / PIANO Joseph Moog
In his Fantasy on a theme from a 16th century psalm setting, Ralph Vaughan Williams combines church-tonal harmony with impressionistic orchestral colours with magical ease, while Edward Elgar musically portrays his friends and himself with humour and virtuosity in the Enigma Variations. Both works established the international fame of their composers. Pyotr Tchaikovsky's First Piano Concerto, which the pianist Nikolai Rubinstein scathingly judged "worthless" and "bad" after hearing it for the first time, is also virtuosic and spirited. History was not to prove him right: To this day, the work is the most popular piano concerto ever.