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Stephen Hough performs Rachmaninov 1

17 - 20 May 2023

In the Concert Hall

Sydney Symphony Orchestra Classical Music

The great pianist Stephen Hough performs Rachmaninov’s First Piano Concerto, a work that signalled the composer’s emergence as a pure and unapologetic Romantic.

Passionate & Dramatic

When a pianist of Stephen Hough’s calibre interprets a work such as Rachmaninov’s intensely dramatic Piano Concerto No.1, it’s a special event – one not to be missed.

Written with all the daring and spirit of an eighteen year old, Rachmaninov’s concerto displays the hallmarks of passion and intensity that would come to define his legacy. The raging double-octave leaps, the luxurious orchestration, the heart-wrenching piano solo – this is the Russian’s emergence as a pure and unapologetic Romantic.

In his Symphony in F sharp, Erich Wolfgang Korngold reveals the musical storytelling skills that made him such a prolific composer of early Hollywood film scores. His Symphony is brought to life by conductor John Wilson in all its four dashing, cinematic movements.

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RACHMANINOV Piano Concerto No.1
KORNGOLD Symphony in F sharp

John Wilson conductor 
Stephen Hough piano

Presented by Sydney Symphony Orchestra

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