Mikhail Pletnev performs Rachmaninov's complete Piano Concertos — Conducted by Kent Nagano

With the Rachmaninov International Orchestra

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Mikhail Pletnev — Pianist

Rachmaninov International Orchestra

Kent Nagano — Conductor

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Don't miss this superhuman feat by one of today's most accomplished pianists! 2023 marks the 150th anniversary of the birth of twentieth-century master Sergei Rachmaninov, whose work is known for its breathtaking drama, abundant passion, and extraordinary technical difficulty. In the piano repertoire, there may be no more challenging undertaking than tackling Rachmaninov's complete set of piano concertos—nor an artist more up to the task than the great Mikhail Pletnev.

Here at the Rosey Concert Hall in Rolle, Switzerland, alongside the Rachmaninov International Orchestra (which Pletnev founded in 2022 to foster international cooperation among musicians from all over Europe, including Russia and Ukraine), he performs the four Piano Concertos—all, not only the perennially beloved Nos. 2 and 3, overflowing with lush harmonies and sweeping melodies—plus the de facto fifth, the dazzling Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini. Rounding out this star-studded event at the podium is legendary maestro Kent Nagano, who leads Pletnev and his ensemble with his usual deft hand and the unshakeable confidence required to unify these monumental works.

The broadcast of this concert was made possible thanks to the generous support of Gordon Getty.

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