One of the US’s top orchestras perform Rachmaninov, Shostakovich and a UK premiere by Nico Muhly.
Rachmaninov’s Symphony No.3 – which the Philadelphia Orchestra premiered in 1936 – is the composer’s most expressively Russian symphony. Wrapped in warm, expressive melodies, the work drips with the rich 19th-century orchestral tradition of Rachmaninov’s homeland.
Shostakovich’s Violin Concerto No.1 was supressed by the composer in fear that its emotional power might be too much for the Soviet censors. It begins as if creeping through the twilight, before flowing into a tour de force for the solo violin.
Rising star, Nico Muhly, is a composer whose work spans many different musical worlds. Its emotional immediacy has attracted collaborations with popular performers such as Antony Hegarty and film-score commissions, such as The Reader. But also been championed by the musical establishment, leading to an opera with the English National Opera (Two Boys), Royal Ballet commissions and Proms premieres.
Nico Muhly: Mixed messages (UK premiere)
Dmitry Shostakovich: Violin Concerto No.1
Sergey Rachmaninov: Symphony No.3
The Philadelphia Orchestra
Yannick Nézet-Séguin conductor
Lisa Batiashvili violin
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