Sergei Rachmaninoff

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Join us on Sunday, December 27th at 1 PM and Monday, December 28th at 7 PM on WRTI HD-2 to hear a memorable performance from February, 2014, conducted by Vladimir Jurovsky. It's a concert that will surely please all fans of Rachmaninoff’s music!

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As a boy, Sergei Rachmaninoff often visited his grandmother’s house in the country, where he was mesmerized by the sound of church bells. And although he claimed he was not a religious man, the pianist and composer was influenced by that memory—the music and the bells of the Russian Orthodox Church gave him inspiration for one of his greatest works, his “All-Night Vigil” for à capella choir.

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It was only this past January (which seems so long ago) that the Philadelphians performed Vivian Fung’s Dust Devils for the first time, coinciding with the Orchestra’s return to the Academy of Music for its first subscription concert there in nearly 20 years. We're re-broadcasting that concert, conducted by Yannick Nézét-Séguin, on Sunday, October 18th at 1 PM on WRTI 90.1 and Monday, October 19th at 7 PM on WRTI HD-2.

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This re-broadcast from 2016 features Yannick Nézet-Séguin on the podium joined by a Philadelphia favorite, the incomparable Lang Lang, performing the music of someone else whose career had close ties to Philadelphia—Sergei Rachmaninoff. Listen on Sunday, September 27th at 1 PM on WRTI 90.1 and Monday, September 28th at 7 PM on WRTI HD-2.

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Join us on Sunday, May 17th at 1 PM on WRTI 90.1, and Monday, May 18th at 7 PM on WRTI HD-2, when pianist Haochen Zhang, the 29-year-old recipient of the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant and gold-medal winner at the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in 2009, will be the soloist in Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 with The Philadelphia Orchestra In Concert. Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts.

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Yannick Nézet-Séguin, pianist Daniil Trifonov, and The Philadelphia Orchestra: It's a dream team of Rachmaninoff specialists. Listen to this re-broadcast on Thursday, May 14th at 7 PM on WRTI HD-2 and Friday, May 15th at 1 PM on WRTI 90.1.

Sergei Rachmaninoff was born in Russia on April 1st, 1873. Now, 129 years later, watch this beautiful music video rendition of his Vocalise, played by internationally renowned and Philadelphia-based concert pianist Ching-Yun Hu, and recorded in the WRTI Performance Studio.

January 27, 2020. Virtuosic, majestic, spine-tingling—Rachmaninoff’s Sonata for Cello and Piano in G minor is one of the greatest chamber music compositions of the early 20th century, and forms the centerpiece of our Classical Album of the Week.

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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.

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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.