Sibelius drew inspiration from the landscape of his native Finland, and there’s definitely something elemental about his Fourth Symphony: music hewn out of bedrock and weathered by northern storms. Some say it’s his greatest work. It’s a powerful contrast to the sunlit romance and bubbling joy of Brahms’ magnificent Second Piano Concerto which fills the second half of our concert. Rory Macdonald makes a very welcome return and pianist Jeremy Denk finds something original (and surprising) in everything he touches.