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Rachmaninoff, Schmidt – Semyon Bychkov, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Kirill Gerstein

Kirill Gerstein Gewandhausorchester Rachmaninoff

“Gerstein’s blistering technique is matched only by his deeply soulful connection to standard repertoire,” the Time out New York says about the Russian pianist. With the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig under the baton of Semyon Bychkov, Kirill Gerstein testified to these qualities: He put emphasis on expression and effect in Sergei Rachmaninov‘s Second Piano Concerto.

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Stravinsky and Rachmaninoff – Berliner Philharmoniker and Sir Simon Rattle

Berliner Philharmoniker, Simon Rattle -- Moving to Modern Times: Stravinsky and Rachmaninoff

In 2014, the Berliner Philharmoniker under the baton of Sir Simon Rattle completed their cycle “Moving to Modern Times” with Igor Stravinsky’s Firebird which the composer set to gorgeous, scintillatingly colorful ballet music in 1909-10. Sir Simon Rattle and the Berliner Philharmoniker paired this lush score of orientalizing lyricism with another masterpiece of Russian late Romanticism: Sergei Rachmaninoff’s rousing Symphonic Dances, which likewise escorts us into a magical realm of fantasy.

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