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Once Disdained, Now Acclaimed: Rachmaninoff's Symphony No. 1

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Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873-1943)

Although Russian pianist, composer and conductor Sergei Rachmaninoff became an international star, his first symphony was considered a failure when it premiered in 1897, and was not performed again during the composer’s lifetime. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, today it’s regarded much differently. 

On Sunday, July 25th at 1 pm on WRTI, listen to a re-broadcast of The Philadelphia Orchestra performing Rachmaninoff's Symphony No. 1 in 2014.

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Listen to Philadelphia Orchestra Music Director Yannick Nezet-Seguin talk with WRTI's Susan Lewis about the disasteous premiere, and why this Symphony, now considered great, was so misunderstood.