Riccardo Chailly conducts Rachmaninov — With Mao Fujita

Lucerne Festival

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Sergei Rachmaninov is perhaps most remembered—and beloved—for his piano concertos, which still stand as pillars of Romanticism, though mostly written in the 20th century. At the 2022 Lucerne Festival, virtuoso pianist Mao Fujita performs the composer’s celebrated Piano Concerto No. 2—absolutely brimming with memorable melody and poignant harmony—alongside maestro Riccardo Chailly at the head of the Lucerne Festival Orchestra!

To conclude the 100% Rachmaninov program, Chailly conducts his Symphony No. 2 in E Minor—the composer's richest and densest contribution to the genre, evoking Tchaikovsky in form, as well as Borodin and Sibelius in the epic, almost Nordic spirit of its music.

Photo: Lucerne Festival Orchestra © Priska Ketterer/Lucerne Festival

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