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Works of Russian composer to sound in Baku

29 June 2017 16:48 (UTC+04:00)
Works of Russian composer to sound in Baku

By Laman Ismayilova

Azerbaijan’s State Philharmonic Hall will host a concert featuring works by Russian composer Sergei Rachmaninov on July 7.

The rector of the Baku Music Academy, Farkhad Badalbayli, prorector of BMA on International Affairs Yegana Akhundova, director of the Philharmonic Hall, Murad Adigozalzade and others will join the event.

The soloists will be accompanied by the Hajibeyov Azerbaijan State Symphony Orchestra, Day.Az reported. The orchestra will be conducted by honored artists Elshad Bagirov and Fuad Ibrahimov. The concert starts at 19:00.

Tickets are available in all box offices of the city and on the website

Born into a musical family, Rachmaninov took up the piano at age four. He graduated from the Moscow Conservatory in 1892 and had composed several piano and orchestral pieces by this time.

Early influences of Tchaikovsky, Rimsky-Korsakov, Balakirev, Mussorgsky, and other Russian composers gave way to a personal style.

Rachmaninov composed his brilliant 2nd Piano Concerto, and made a comeback with successful concert performances. From 1904-1906 he was a conductor at the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow.

In 1909, Rachmaninov made his first tour of the United States having composed the 3rd Piano Concerto . He appeared as a soloist with Gustav Mahler conducting the New York Philharmonic.

Rachmaninov wrote five works for piano and orchestra: four concertos—No. 1 in F-sharp minor, Op. 1, No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18 , No. 3 in D minor, Op. 30 and No. 4 in G minor, Op. 40 as well as the Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini.

He also composed a number of works for orchestra alone.

Russian composer died on March 28, 1943, in Beverly Hills, California, and was laid to rest in Kensico Cemetery, New York.


Laman Ismayilova is AzerNews’ staff journalist, follow her on Twitter: @Lam_Ismayilova

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