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Rachmaninov: Symphony No. 3

Stephen Johnson explores Rachmaninov's Third Symphony, which despite having been written far from the composer's homeland, is deeply entrenched in a Russian heritage.

The Third Symphony by Sergei Rachmaninov was not a success when premiered in the USA. It was composed at a time when Rachmaninov and his family had left Bolshevik Russia for good. However, the composer still felt a deep connection with his homeland, and when the symphony was performed in Moscow just after the composer's death, it was a great success, touching the hearts of those in attendance.

Stephen Johnson explores Rachmaninov's Third Symphony, which despite having been written far from the composer's homeland, is deeply entrenched in a Russian heritage.

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20 minutes

Music Played

  • Sergey Rachmaninov

    Piano concerto no 4: I

  • Sergey Rachmaninov

    Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini

    Performer: Alexander Gavrylyuk. Orchestra: BBC Philharmonic.
  • Sergey Rachmaninov

    Symphony no 2: I

  • Alexander Borodin

    Prince Igor: Prologue

  • Sergey Rachmaninov

    Symphony no 3: I

  • Sergey Rachmaninov

    Symphony no 3: II

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Role Contributor
Composer Sergey Rachmaninov

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