Julia Wesely

Rotterdams Philharmonisch Orkest & Yuja Wang

Rachmaninov, Sibelius
Sat 21 May ’22 20:15 uur

Tarmo Peltokoski, conductor
Yuja Wang, piano

Rachmaninov - Pianoconcerto no. 1
Rachmaninov - Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini (piano & orchestra)
Sibelius – Symphony no. 2

Sat 21 May ’22
20:15 uur
  • Sat 21 May ’22
    20:15 uur
    Main Hall
    Past event

The Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini consists of 24 variations on the 24th and last Capriccio for violin by Niccolò Paganini and is one of Rachmaninov's late works. The variations are performed one after the other. The work is not inferior in size to a piano concerto, although the parts usually do not follow each other without a break.


Due to the current circumstances in Ukraine, the collaboration with conductor Valery Gergiev, who was originally to conduct this concert, has been canceled. The Rotterdam Philharmonic has found a great replacement in the young conducting sensation Tarmo Peltokoski. The program after the break has therefore been adjusted (was Berlioz - Symfonie Fantastique).

After a short intro, the theme follows, followed by the variations. No. 18 is the best known - when you hear it you say 'oh that!' - and is often used in all kinds of other (often non-classical) compilations. Rachmaninov reversed Paganini's theme for this 18th variation and dedicated it to his manager. The attraction of the beautiful melody will not escape anyone's attention. At the premiere in Baltimore (1934), Rachmaninov himself sat on the grand piano and was accompanied by the Philadelphia Orchestra. In 1939, choreographer Michel Fokine created the ballet Paganini in collaboration with Rachmaninov, which premiered in Covent Garden (London).

Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto No. 1 is his first work, his opus 1. He wrote it when he was 18 and still studying at the Moscow Conservatory. Twenty years and two piano concertos later, he would thoroughly overhaul it to the version performed today. The revision gave the piece a stronger structure and a more refined piano part, while the original thematic material has remained unchanged. Rachmaninov's youthful passion and passion can still be clearly heard, but also the influence of the unrest in Russia that would eventually force the composer to leave his homeland.

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