Yannick Nézet-Séguin - Conductor
Marc-André Hamelin - Piano
Rachmaninoff - Prelude in C-sharp minor
Turnage - Piano Concerto
Rachmaninoff - Symphony No. 2
Thursday, January 22, 2015
Rachmaninoff made his first U.S. appearance at the Academy of Music in 1909, conducting his new Second Symphony, a perfect showcase for the musicians of The Philadelphia Orchestra. He fell in love with the Orchestra’s lush tone and from that point on, often composed with the sound of the Philadelphians in his head. His Prelude in C-sharp minor—a famous piece, often called for as an encore when Rachmaninoff was at the keyboard—takes on an even more foreboding tone in this orchestration by Leopold Stokowski, never before played on subscription.
The Philadelphians have a notable history of premiering major historic works (they gave the world premieres of six works by Rachmaninoff alone) and in that spirit, this program also includes the North American premiere of Mark-Anthony Turnage’s jazzy and rhythmic new Piano Concerto. The Miles Davis-inspired composer wrote the piece for pianist Marc-André Hamelin who, along with Yannick and the Rotterdam Philharmonic, gave its world premiere in Rotterdam in 2013.
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