Sergei Rachmaninoff

Jessica Griffin/Philadelphia Orchestra; Hans Van Der Woerd

Join us on Sunday, October 20th from 1 to 3:10 PM to hear Yannick Nézét-Séguin conduct the Philadelphians in Rachmaninoff’s Symphony No. 1, and Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante, k 297b. WRTI's Gregg Whiteside is your host.

Adrian Siegel Collection/Philadelphia Orchestra Association Archives

A mysterious, homemade 1940 recording, now public, shines a new light on the music of Sergei Rachmaninoff, who famously never allowed recordings or broadcasts of his live performances. WRTI's Susan Lewis has the story.

Steve J. Sherman

Join us on Sunday, July 21 at 1 PM as Yannick Nézet-Séguin, in a concert from 2018, conducts a program featuring a world premiere of a work by Nico Muhly, one of the most popular of all piano concertos,—Grieg’s A Minor—and the work Rachmaninoff composed with the Philadelphia Sound in mind, the Symphonic Dances. André Watts is soloist.

A melody in Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Second Symphony was made famous to fans of Eric Carmen’s pop tune “Never Gonna Fall in Love Again.” But in the symphony, that melody leads to one of the most beautiful, and difficult, clarinet solos in the literature. WRTI’s Susan Lewis has the story.

Adrian Siegel Collection/Philadelphia Orchestra Association Archives

WRTI's Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert broadcast on Sunday, June 2 at 1 PM brings you a work the Orchestra has performed as often as any in its history, the Symphony No. 2 by Sergei Rachmaninoff, conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin.

Deutsche Grammophon

October 29, 2018. Praising his "mastery of the keyboard" and the "poetry of his interpretation," Philadelphia Orchestra Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin says Danill Trifonov is "probably the closest we have today to what Rachmaninov was." Trifonov joins Yannick and The Philadelphia Orchestra in Destination Rachmaninov - Departure, documenting a journey of artistic exploration.

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It was the summer of 1934. At his villa in Switzerland near Lake Lucerne, Sergei Rachmaninoff wrote his Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43 comprised of 24 variations. The Philadelphia Orchestra, conducted by Leopold Stokowski, premiered the work in November, 1934 with Rachmaninoff himself as soloist in Baltimore. It was an immediate success.


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Melodies that will melt your heart, and piano passages that will bust your knuckles—that’s what Sergei Rachmaninoff brings to the table. From symphonies to piano concertos, this Russian composer’s music moves you so much you voted him the No. 7 Most Essential Classical Composer.

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