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Proms 2017 Prom 37: Rachmaninov – Piano Concerto No. 3

Prom 37
Prom 37: Rachmaninov – Piano Concerto No. 3
18:00 Sun 13 Aug 2017 Royal Albert Hall
A night dedicated to Rachmaninov opens with two of the composer’s greatest works. Alexander Gavrylyuk is the soloist for the impossibly demanding Third Piano Concerto, while the BBC SSO steps into the spotlight for the mercurial Second Symphony.
A night dedicated to Rachmaninov opens with two of the composer’s greatest works. Alexander Gavrylyuk is the soloist for the impossibly demanding Third Piano Concerto, while the BBC SSO steps into the spotlight for the mercurial Second Symphony.

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In tonight’s all-Rachmaninov Prom prize-winning pianist Alexander Gavrylyuk makes his Proms debut in the composer’s demanding Third Piano Concerto (continuing our cycle of the composer’s complete piano concertos), while the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra steps into the spotlight for the mercurial Second Symphony, with its hauntingly beautiful Adagio and impassioned finale.

The Latvian Radio Choir complements each work with Russian Orthodox chant, illuminating these blazing orchestral works with the hypnotic sound-world that seeped into Rachmaninov’s works (including, possibly, the opening ‘Russian Hymn’ theme of the Third Concerto). These chants also formed the basis of Rachmaninov’s glorious All-Night Vigil (Vespers), which follows in this evening’s Late Night Prom.

Tickets for this concert are now very limited. However there are still treats in store for Rachmaninov lovers! See below for more details.

As well, weekend Promming passes are still available which guarantee entry into this Prom up to 30 minutes before the performance starts. See below for more details.

Broadcast on BBC Four, 13 August

Image: Alexander Gavryluk © Mika Bovan

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