Rachmaninoff's Paganini Rhapsody

Gianandrea Noseda - Conductor

Simon Trpceski - Piano

program

Rossini - Overture to The Thieving Magpie

Rachmaninoff - Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, for piano and orchestra

INTERMISSION

Casella - Symphony No. 2 (U.S. premiere)

Friday, November 27, 2015

8:00 pm Verizon Hall

In the second week of his residency, Milanese conductor Gianandrea Noseda leads Rachmaninoff's witty and challenging Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini. The composer had the Philadelphia Sound in his head when he wrote the piece. The Rhapsody--with the famous melody of its 18th variation--was given its 1934 world premiere by the Philadelphians in Baltimore before bringing it to Philadelphia and New York with Stokowski conducting and Rachmaninoff at the keyboard. The scintillating Macedonian pianist Simon Trpceski ("His tone has an understated beauty."-The Los Angeles Times) joins The Philadelphia Orchestra for these performances.

The remainder of the program features composers of Italian birth, beginning with Rossini's effervescent Overture to The Thieving Magpie. The Turin-born, 20th-century composer Alfredo Casella is a particular favorite of Noseda (who brought the composer's music to Philadelphia in 2014 to wild ovations). Casella was not only an accomplished composer, but also served as principal conductor of the Boston Pops before Arthur Fiedler. Hear all the beauty of this luxuriant symphony, heightened by the Philadelphia Sound.

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