Yuri Temirkanov conducts Rachmaninov – with Denis Matsuev

Saint Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra

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Denis Matsuev — Pianist

Saint Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra

Yuri Temirkanov — Music director

Program notes

The Saint Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra under Yuri Temirkanov performs music by one of the Russian heroes of classical music: Sergei Rachmaninov – with Denis Matsuev as a guest soloist!

Russia is strongly featured in this final concert of the Annecy Classic Festival 2013. It couldn't be any other way given this line up - with one of the best orchestras from the country, the skilled conducting of Yuri Temirkanov (Evgeny Mravinsky's worthy heir and a protector of a kind of "Russian tradition") and a prodigy pianist nicknamed "the Bear of the Ural mountains" (Denis Matsuev).

In this program Sergei Rachmaninov is highlighted through two emblematic works: charming Symphonic dances, Op. 45, characterized by rich and fine motives and the highly passionate Piano Concerto No. 2 in C Minor, Op. 18 performed by Denis Matsuev. This extremely difficult work of also deep intimacy depicts the figure of a tormented composer who finally emerges from his lethargy and again enjoys life.

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