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Sergei Rachmaninoff

July 30, 2014

Rachmaninoff and Paganini

Violinists work for years to be able to play just one of Niccolo Paganini's 24 caprices. Then along came a pianist who said, "anything you can do, I can do better." On Wednesday's Performance Today we'll hear the result of that attitude: Sergei Rachmaninoff's Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini.

Today's Playlist



hour 1

  • Sergei Rachmaninoff
    Women's Dance, from Aleko
    London Symphony Orchestra; Andre Previn, conductor
    Rachmaninov, Symphonic Dances Op. 45
    EMI 69025
  • Felix Mendelssohn
    Capriccio in e minor, Op. 81, No. 3
    Danish String Quartet
    Music@Menlo, Menlo Park, CA
  • The Piano Puzzler
    This week's contestant is Emilio G. from Puerto Rico
  • Sergei Rachmaninoff
    Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini, Op. 43
    Lise de la Salle, piano; Los Angeles Philharmonic; Gianandrea Noseda, conductor
    Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles, CA

hour 2

  • Jean-Philippe Rameau
    Orchestral Suite from Platee: 1. Ouverture
    Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra; Nicholas McGegan, conductor
    Rameau: Platee & Dardanus Suite
    Conifer 51313
  • Antonio Vivaldi
    Concerto for Two Cellos and String Orchestra in g minor
    Gabriel Cabezas, cello; Christine Lamprea, cello; Sphinx Virtuosi
    Beaches Fine Arts Series, St. Paul's by-the-Sea Episcopal Church, Jacksonville, FL
  • Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach
    Symphony in E minor, Wq 178
    Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra
    First Congregational Church, Berkeley, CA
  • Josef Haydn (arr. Johann Peter Solomon)
    Symphony No. 102
    Pedja Muzijevic, piano; Tara Helen O’Connor, flute; St. Lawrence String Quartet
    Spoleto Festival USA, Dock Street Theater, Charleston, SC
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