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Work: The Isle of the Dead, Symphonic poem, Op.29

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ComposerRachmaninov, Sergei (1873-1943)
Period20th century
Year1909
Work typeOrchestral
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ParisOrchestre Philharmonique de Radio France play Rachmaninov & Stravinsky

Stravinsky, Rachmaninov
Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France; Mikko Franck; Nicholas Angelich
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Plunging into the abyss with Kirill Petrenko and the Berliners

Kirill Petrenko © Digital Concert Hall
A doom-laden trip to Dante's Inferno via Shakespeare's star-cross'd lovers and a voyage across the lake to The Isle of the Dead
*****
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Hamelin highlights Slobodeniouk’s Cleveland Orchestra debut

Marc-André Hamelin © Sim Cannety-Clarke
Dima Slobodeniouk’s Cleveland Orchestra program included music by Rachmaninov and Nielsen, along with a Liszt piano concerto with Marc-André Hamelin.
***11
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Prom 22: the calm before a devastating storm

John Storgårds © Heikki Tuuli
The BBC Philharmonic on dazzling form with Rachmaninov, Shostakovich... and a bewitching new work by Outi Tarkiainen.
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Lorenzo Viotti debuts with the Filarmonica della Scala

Lorenzo Viotti © Brescia e Amisano | Teatro alla Scala
Viotti will return to La Scala to conduct Gounod's Roméo et Juliette in 2020. The programme this time round gave an indication of some of the positive qualities to expect. It also warned of some potential pitfalls.
****1
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Super hot Rachmaninov and overheated Beethoven

Stephen Hough delivers an exciting account of Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto no. 1 while the sparks from a speedy Beethoven's Symphony no. 7 fail to ignite. 
***11
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