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Sergei Rachmaninoff

October 30, 2008

Rachmaninoff's first

Rachmaninoff was only 22 when he wrote his first symphony, but conductor Valery Gergiev believes it can hold its own against any of the composer's later, more famous works. He says the symphony is filled with "emotional power and beautiful lyricism." Gergiev leads the London Symphony Orchestra in a performance of Rachmaninoff's First Symphony.

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hour 1

  • Claude Debussy
    The Quebec Symphony Orchestra with conductor Yoav Talmi
  • Antonin Dvorak
    Slavonic Dance in E Minor, Op. 72, No. 2
    Pianists Wendy Chen and Charles Wadsworth
    University of Georgia Performing Arts Center, Athens, Georgia
  • Bedrich Smetana
    "The Little Hen" from "Czech Dances"
    Pianist Elizabeth Joy Roe
    Alice Tully Hall, New York City
  • George Frideric Handel
    Concerto No. 15 in D Minor, HWV 304
    Harpsichordist Kenneth Cooper with musicians from Music@Menlo
    Music@Menlo, Palo Alto, California
  • Camille Saint-Saens
    Piano Concerto No. 5 in F, Op. 103 ("Egyptian")
    Pianist Marc-Andre Hamelin with the Quebec Symphony Orchestra and conductor Yoav Talmi
    Grand Theatre, Quebec, Canada

hour 2

  • Bedrich Smetana
    "Dance of the Villagers" from "The Bartered Bride"
    The London Symphony Orchestra with conductor Geoffrey Simon
  • Arcangelo Corelli
    Allegro from Concerto Grosso in D, Op. 6/4
    Concerto Copenhagen with conductor Lars Ulrik Mortensen
    Garrison Church, Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Claudio Monteverdi
    "Zefiro Torna"
    The Brentano String Quartet
    Cite de La Musique, Paris, France
  • Sergei Rachmaninoff
    Symphony No. 1 in D Minor, Op. 13
    The London Symphony Orchestra with conductor Valery Gergiev
    Barbican Hall, London, England
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