October 30, 2008
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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The Quebec Symphony Orchestra with conductor Yoav Talmi
Slavonic Dance in E Minor, Op. 72, No. 2
Pianists Wendy Chen and Charles Wadsworth
University of Georgia Performing Arts Center, Athens, Georgia
"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
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
"Dance of the Villagers" from "The Bartered Bride"
The London Symphony Orchestra with conductor Geoffrey Simon
Allegro from Concerto Grosso in D, Op. 6/4
Concerto Copenhagen with conductor Lars Ulrik Mortensen
Garrison Church, Copenhagen, Denmark
The Brentano String Quartet
Cite de La Musique, Paris, France
Symphony No. 1 in D Minor, Op. 13
The London Symphony Orchestra with conductor Valery Gergiev
Barbican Hall, London, England