Rachmaninoff’s Third Piano Concerto is famous for being one of the most fiendishly difficult pieces ever composed for the instrument. Pianist Nicolai Lugansky, one of the preeminent Rachmaninoff interpreters of our time, performs here as part of his global tour celebrating the composer’s 150th birthday. While this program celebrates the gems that Rachmaninoff composed during his time in America, his moody and staggeringly beautiful Third Symphony also hints at the exiled composer’s homesickness for his native Russia.
Location: Chautauqua Auditorium
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Peter Oundjian, conductor
Nicolai Lugansky, piano
Sergei Rachmaninoff, Piano Concerto No. 3 in D Minor, Op. 30
Sergei Rachmaninoff, Symphony No. 3 in A Minor, Op. 44
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