Here’s Rachmaninoff’s final work, the capstone of his career, and as Sam puts it: “it feels like one of those pieces a composer creates hoping this is the one they’ll still be playing 200 years from now.” The work is a tour de force, illustrating the composer’s mastery of orchestral writing at its most Romantic. It’s also highly personal: Rachmaninoff was living in America, painfully distanced from his beloved Russia by the Revolution. Supreme talent, a lifetime’s worth of expertise and deep-down soul—these are at the core of this unforgettable music. The verdict won’t be in until 2140, but listening today, we sense the Symphonic Dances have fulfilled Rachmaninoff’s heartfelt bid for immortality.
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About Inside the Classics
Intrigued by classical music? Join violist-host Sam Bergman and conductor Sarah Hicks as they explore classical favorites during the first half of the concert. After intermission, experience a complete performance of the featured work.