Elim Chan - Conductor
Tianxu An - Piano
Rachmaninoff - Vocalise
Rachmaninoff - Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini
Rachmaninoff - Symphony No. 2
Tuesday, July 23, 2019
Mann Center for the Performing Arts
The Rachmaninoff connection with The Philadelphia Orchestra is rich and historic. Rachmaninoff himself recorded all of his piano concertos with the “Fabulous Philadelphians” and two of its music directors, Leopold Stokowski and Eugene Ormandy. The composer also made his only recordings as a conductor with The Philadelphia Orchestra. His final orchestral masterwork, the Symphonic Dances, was written for and dedicated to Ormandy and the Orchestra.
With such a storied history between The Philadelphia Orchestra and Rachmaninoff, an evening of the composer’s works at the Mann is an occasion not to be missed. The Vocalise was originally written for soprano and piano and later orchestrated by the composer for full orchestra with the violins taking the soprano part. It was one of Rachmaninoff’s three recordings with The Philadelphia Orchestra. The magisterial, hyper-romantic Second Symphony, written at the very height of Rachmaninoff’s composing career, concludes the program.