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Rachmaninoff's Symphony No 2 | Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra

Thursday November 23, 2023 at 19:30
Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford
£54 £40 £30 £18 (students from £5)
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  2. Concerto for piano and orchestra No 2 in C minor Op 18 - Sergei Rachmaninoff
  3. Symphony No 2 in E minor Op 27 - Sergey Rachmaninoff

There’s a reason Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No 2 is the most popular work of its kind ever written. From lonely chords, this iconic score hurtles towards a thundering climax via a succession of irresistible melodies – athletic one moment and heart rending the next. Six years later, the composer freed himself from political turmoil with a stretch in Dresden that would become one of the most productive of his career. The standout result was a symphony powered by melody that encompasses infernal whirlwinds, passionate declarations of love and heartfelt reflections of peace. French pianist Lise de la Salle joins us for this feast of peak Rachmaninoff, opening with livewire dances from his great forbear Tchaikovsky.

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