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March 28, 2020 8:00PM
The Fox Theater
Masterworks 8: Russian Passions
James Lowe, Conductor
Joyce Yang, Piano
One of the best pianists of his generation, Rachmaninoff wrote Rhapsody on a Theme from Paganini to showcase his own talent. This set of 24 variations on a theme by the 18th century virtuoso violinist includes the breathtaking music heard in the movie, Somewhere in Time. Tchaikovsky described his Sixth Symphony, nicknamed Pathétique - from the Russian word for "passionate" - as "the best thing I ever composed or shall compose." In it, Tchaikovsky transforms the traditional symphony, ending not with fanfare and joy, but with impassioned agony that fades into a whisper. Stravinsky's Divertimento from The Fairy's Kiss is a tribute to Tchaikovsky, his childhood idol.
Igor Stravinsky - Divertimento from The Fairy's Kiss
Sergei Rachmaninoff - Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky - Symphony No. 6, Pathétique
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