Rach Festival: program and concert dates in Milan

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Thursday 13th April at 8.30 pm the long-awaited begins “Rach Festival”, poker events distributed over two weeks to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the composer’s birth. From 13 to 23 April the Milan Symphony Orchestra develops a quadripartite Festival to trace a portrait of the great Russian composer, a program that reviews the complete four concerts for piano and orchestra by Rachmaninov. For the occasion, at the keyboard Alexander Romanovsky, great soloist, undisputed talent of the eighty-eight keys, pianist who won the first prize at the Busoni Competition in Bolzano at the age of just seventeen, regular guest on the most prestigious stages in the world. A great musician who particularly cares about Rachmaninov’s production, omnipresent in his repertoire.


Thus, on Thursday 13 April at 20.30 the festival kicks off with Concerto n. 1 for piano and orchestra in F sharp minor op. 1, seasoned with two jewels of twentieth-century French music: the “Petite SuitAnd” by Claude Debussy and “Ma mère l’oye” by Maurice Ravel. It continues on Sunday 16 April at 16, with the Concert n. 2 for piano and orchestra in C minor op. 18, perhaps Rachmaninov’s first mature work. The Second Concerto is combined with the magnificent “Études-Tableaux”, an essay by Ottorino Respighi who transcribes the piano original of theop. 33 and ofop. 39. The second week of the festival opens on Thursday 20 April at 8.30 pm and sees Concerto n. 3 in D minor op. 30, perhaps Rachmaninov’s best known, after the success of the film shine, directed in 1996 by Scott Hicks, which has become universally known and recognized by the general public simply as Rach 3. Sunday 23 April at 4 pm the Rach Festival ends with the last concert, the Concerto n. 4 in G minor op. 40, which has enjoyed public favor since its appearance in 1927.

Introductory lecture

Thursday 13 April at 18.30 an introductory conference will be held at Foyer of the Balcony of the Auditorium of Milan, in collaboration with the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart – Studium Musicale d’Ateneo and with speaker Martino Tosi, entitled “RACH FESTIVAL – 1 | Rachmaninov’s pianism (and that of Europe)”. Free admission subject to availability.


Tickets and season tickets can be purchased at the ticket office of the Milan Auditorium from Tuesday to Sunday from 10 to 19.