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Rachmaninoff: Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Opus 43

Oct 13, 2016 1:55:41 PM / by Michael Steinberg posted in Program Notes

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Rachmaninoff wrote the Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini between 3 July and 18 August 1934. Audiences everywhere instantly took to the Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, and it quickly became an indispensable repertory piece.
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Auerbach: Icarus

Oct 13, 2016 1:53:00 PM / by Lera Auerbach posted in Program Notes

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Icarus was one of my heroes (or antiheroes, depending on the interpretation)— the winged boy who dared to fly too close to the sun.
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Reflections on Verdi's Messa Da Requiem

Apr 7, 2016 12:29:55 PM / by David St. George posted in Program Notes

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Is the Verdi Requiem one of the great religious works of Western art, or is it an opera in sackcloth?
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