Lang Lang / Valery Gergiev / Mariinsky (Kirov) Theater Orchestra

Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 2; Paganini Rhapsody

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Star pianist Lang Lang joins star conductor Valery Gergiev and the Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre to perform two star-making works of the piano and orchestra repertoire: Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto No. 2 and the Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini. Both works contain themes that are very familiar to many. The third movement of the Concerto contains the "Full Moon and Empty Arms" theme, while the Rhapsody has the romantic 18th variation that is frequently heard in film soundtracks, most famously Somewhere in Time. The real attraction here, however, is the combination of two spectacular musicians who each have their own following and their own distinct style of interpretation. Lang Lang is known for being highly individual and subjective, and Gergiev is known for his attention to detail and the vitality of his readings. The resulting combination here is guaranteed to be unique and, at times, surprising.

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Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18
1 11:44 Amazon
2 12:27 Amazon
3 12:20 Amazon
Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini (Introduction and 24 Variations), for piano & orchestra in A minor, Op. 43
4 00:08 Amazon
5 00:20 Amazon
6 00:20 Amazon
7 00:20 Amazon
8 00:26 Amazon
9 00:29 Amazon
10 00:30 Amazon
11 01:07 Amazon
12 01:12 Amazon
13 00:35 Amazon
14 00:32 Amazon
15 00:56 Amazon
16 01:44 Amazon
17 01:13 Amazon
18 00:28 Amazon
19 00:43 Amazon
20 01:10 Amazon
21 01:30 Amazon
22 01:58 Amazon
23 02:48 Amazon
24 00:26 Amazon
25 00:35 Amazon
26 00:25 Amazon
27 01:39 Amazon
28 00:51 Amazon
29 01:22 Amazon
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