Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninoff: Music in Times of Crisis
Virtual Livestream

Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninoff: Music in Times of Crisis

New York City

Thu, December 17, 2020 7:30 PM, EST

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This is a livestreaming Groupmuse Virtual Concert

A live virtual performance with community videochat and a Q&A with the artists.


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Tune in with Aspect Chamber Music Series for a program featuring two musical stars of the world's stages, clarinetist Alexander Bedenko and pianist Pavel Nersessian.

Although music speaks for itself, there is always a story behind the music, which Stephen Johnson, a composer and acclaimed BBC Radio presenter, will share with us.

Did you know? The premiere of the 23-year-old Sergei Rachmaninoff’s First Symphony in 1897 was a catastrophe, and the critics were savage. For three years, Rachmaninoff couldn’t write a single note.

Then, a hypnotherapist named Nikolai Dahl came to his rescue. Dahl’s treatment released a flood of music from Rachmaninoff, including the famous Second Piano Concerto and the Cello Sonata.

The life of Rachmaninoff’s idol Pyotr Tchaikovsky was also full of emotional turmoil. Some of this he poured out in his symphonies and tone poems, but in his solo piano music, we see another side of his genius: poetic miniatures, each one distilling a memory or a mood with tender lyricism or playful humor. These lovely short pieces tell us a lot about how an often-tormented man found peace of mind and the means to keep going.

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What's the music?

Pavel Nersessian
Alexander Bedenko Clarinet
Stephen Johnson Speaker

Sergei Rachmaninoff:
Sonata in G minor for Cello and Piano, Op. 19, Adagio

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky:
Souvenir d'un lieu cher, Op. 42 - Mélodie E-flat major
Six Pieces, Op. 51, Valse sentimentale
Nocturne Op. 19 No. 4
Souvenir d'un lieu cher, Op. 42 - Méditation (D minor)
The Seasons, Op. 37a, May: Starlit Nights (G major)


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