Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center
A supreme virtuoso pianist and composer, Sergei Rachmaninov stole the hearts of listeners worldwide with his swaying melodies, lush orchestration, technical skill, and “singing” tone. He emerged as one of the last great Russian composers of Romantic classical music.
In tribute to the legacy of one of the biggest names in sweeping piano music, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center artists will mark the 150th anniversary of the Russian musician’s birth with Rachmaninov Celebration.
Soprano Erika Baikoff, pianist Gilles Vonsattel, violinist Benjamin Beilman, and cellist Clive Greensmith will trace the lineage of his performance style by playing some of Rachmaninov’s most dramatic compositions, as well as works written by his mentors and influencers, including:
- Anton Rubinstein, “Romance” from 6 Soirées à Saint-Petersbourg arranged for piano, violin, and cello, Op. 44, No. 1 (1860)
- Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, “Souvenir d’un lieu cher (Memory of a Dear Place)” for Violin and Piano, Op. 42 (1878)
- Mily Balakirev, “Song of the Goldfish” for Voice and Piano (1860)
- Modest Mussorgsky, “Where Are You, Dear Star?” for Voice and Piano (1857)
- Sergei Rachmaninov: “Arion” for Voice and Piano, Op. 34, No. 5 (1912)
- Mikhail Glinka, “The Lark” for Voice and Piano (1840)
- Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, “Does Not the Wind Blow” for Voice and Piano, Op. 43, No. 2 (1897)
- Rachmaninov, “These Summer Nights” for Voice and Piano, Op. 14, No. 5 (1896)
- Rachmaninov, Trio élégiaque in D minor for Piano, Violin, and Cello, Op. 9 (1893)
Pianist Vonsattel performed at Penn State in 2018 with Escher String Quartet.
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Norma and Ralph Condee Chamber Music Endowment
Pieter and Lida Ouwehand Endowment
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William E. McTurk Endowment for Program Support
Gerald B. M. Stein Memorial Endowment
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Thank you to Penn State School of Music for hosting this presentation.