Sergei Rakhmaninov

Sergei Rakhmaninov, one of the greatest pianists of all time and one of the most outstanding melodists amongst composers, was born at Oneg, near Novgorod, on 20 March 1873 (1 April New Style), into a musical family. In 1888 Rakhmaninov began to study...  more

Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 2 in C minor, Opus 18

Besides his Prélude in C-sharp minor, Rachmaninov's 2nd Piano Concerto is his most famous and most frequently performed work. The success of this composition must have been like a stroke of liberation for the introverted composer. Neither his 1st...

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Intermission

Gustav Mahler

Military music and trumpet calls, the sounds of nature and cow bells, funeral march and wooden mallet – there is hardly any kind of music or any instrument missing from the symphonies of Gustav Mahler (born on July 7, 1860 in the Czech town of...  more

Symphony No. 1 in D major "The Titan"

As early as his First Symphony, written between 1885 and 1888, the groundwork was laid for every factor that set Gustav Mahler apart: a monumental form, which links his output to Bruckner´s symphonic works, Mahler´s typical mosaic structure setting...

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Valery Gergiev, conductor

Born in Moscow, Valery Gergiev initially studied conducting under Ilya Musin at the Leningrad Conservatory. While still a student, he won the Herbert von Karajan conducting competition in Berlin. In 1978, aged 24, Valery Gergiev became assistant...  more

Daniil Trifonov, piano

Russian pianist Daniil Trifonov – winner of Gramophone’s 2016 Artist of the Year award – has made a spectacular ascent in the world of classical music as a solo artist, a champion of the concerto repertoire, a collaborator at the keyboard in chamber...  more