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Sergei Rachmaninoff

September 2, 2008

Rachmaninoff at the Proms

Sergei Rachmaninoff's first symphony had a disastrous premiere. The critics hated it. Even Rachmaninoff decided he didn't like it. It was never played again during his life. But the piece has been resurrected, and it received a sizzling performance last month at the Proms in London. We'll take you there today on PT.

Today's Playlist

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hour 1

  • Sergei Rachmaninoff
    "Vocalise," Op. 34, No. 14
    Oboist Brynjar Hoff and pianist Robert Levin
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    One movement from the String Quintet No. 4 in G Minor, K. 516
    The Prazak String Quartet
    Jordan Hall, Boston, Massachusetts
  • Sergei Rachmaninoff
    Symphony No. 1 in D Minor, Op. 13
    The BBC Philharmonic Orchestra with conductor Gianandrea Noseda
    The BBC Proms, London, England

hour 2

  • Ottorino Respighi
    One movement from "Roman Festivals"
    The Academy of St. Martin in the Fields with conductor Sir Neville Marriner
  • Ludwig van Beethoven
    Sonata No. 18 in E-flat, Op. 31, No. 3
    Pianist Ingrid Fliter
    The Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Ottorino Respighi
    "Ancient Airs and Dances," Suite No. 3
    The Juilliard Chamber Orchestra
    The Peter Jay Sharp Theater, New York
  • Joe Rixner
    "Blauer Himmel"
    Prima Carezza
    International Salon Music Festival, Interlaken, Switzerland
  • Arthur Benjamin
    "Jamaican Rhumba"
    I Salonisti
    International Salon Music Festival, Interlaken, Switzerland
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