Thursday10.45
Wiener Konzerthaus, Great Hall

Shani / Rachmaninoff "Symphonic Dances"

Im Klang: School Concert

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Sergei Rachmaninoff wrote the Symphonic Dances, his last composition, in American exile 80 years ago. It incorporates several references to earlier works by Rachmaninoff, which were more or less successful. The coda of the first dance, for instance, quotes the triplet motif from the first movement of Symphony No. 1 in D minor, composed almost 50 years earlier, which had mercilessly failed with the audience. After its premiere, Rachmaninoff was not meant to hear any other performance of this symphony ever again. In the third of the Symphonic Dances, there is a hint at the Hallelujah from Rachmaninoff’s All-Night Vigil. This is one of the most important works of Russian Orthodox sacred music. The Dies irae motif pervades across all of Rachmaninoff’s work and is also reflected in the last movement of this composition. Originally, the movements bore the subtitles of “Noon”, “Twilight” and “Midnight”. Due to the presence of the above musical parallels, the Symphonic Dances are often perceived as autobiographical and related to Rachmaninoff’s life.

Performers

Wiener Symphoniker
orchestra 
Katja Frei 
presentation 

Programme

Sergei Rachmaninow
Symphonic Dances op. 45
Symphonic Dances op. 45
1940
35min
1st movement: Non allegro
2nd movement: Andante con moto, Tempo di valse
3rd movement: Lento assai – Allegro vivace

Media

CD

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More Dates

Monday19.30
Wiener Konzerthaus, Great Hall
Tuesday19.30
Wiener Konzerthaus, Great Hall
Wednesday10.30
Wiener Konzerthaus, Great Hall
Wednesday19.00
Wiener Konzerthaus, Great Hall
Thursday09.00
Wiener Konzerthaus, Great Hall

Location

Wiener Konzerthaus
Lothringerstraße 20, 1037 Wien
Wiener Konzerthaus | Great Hall

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