The Rachmaninoff Festival opens tomorrow at L’Auditori de Barcelona. At its seven sessions, performances will be given of some of the composer’s major works, such as his four piano concertos and the Symphonic Dances, Op. 45, in addition to two key works for piano: Rachmaninoff’s Preludes and his Études-Tableaux.
The star attraction of the festival, who will perform alongside the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra, is Russian pianist Denis Kozhukhin, one of today’s most outstanding soloists. Over the course of two weekends, he will undertake to perform Rachmaninoff’s four concertos.
Matthias Pintscher and Kazushi Ono will head the OBC, taking turns to conduct the orchestra’s four programmes at performances that will take place from 4 to 13 March. In addition to the four piano concertos, the programmes also feature works by other Russian composers, with highlights such as Rachmaninoff’s Symphonic Dances, The Love for Three Oranges by Prokofiev, Symphony No. 1 by Shostakovich, and Rapsodie Espagnole by Maurice Ravel.
To round off L’Auditori’s Rachmaninoff Festival, a recital will be given by the brilliant Russian pianist Nikolai Lugansky. He will return to L’Auditori to perform Rachmaninoff’s Preludes, Op. 3 No. 2 and Op. 23, and his Études-Tableaux, Op. 39 in the more intimate setting of Hall 2, Oriol Martorell. The concert will take place on 5 April.
Aleix Palau | 3 March 2022
L’Auditori’s Rachmaninoff Festival presents all the composer’s piano concertos, with soloist Denis Kozhukhin at the piano
Over the course of two weekends, he will perform the four concertos under the baton of Matthias Pintscher and Kazushi Ono.
On 5 April, Russian pianist Nikolai Lugansky will perform Rachmaninoff’s Preludes.