Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 2 with Simon Trpceski

May 14, 2021 - May 16, 2021


Kindred spirits through bouts of depression and battles with self-doubt, Rachmaninoff and Tchaikovsky nonetheless persevered to create many of the masterworks of the symphonic canon. With the help of hypnosis, Rachmaninoff overcame his crippling depression to compose his Second Piano Concerto – a romantic tour de force that progresses from somber introspection to triumphant celebration, reflecting his own journey out of depression. Soloist Simon Trpčeski is just the expressive virtuoso to bring this masterpiece to life. Tchaikovsky similarly battled uncertainty of his own following the unveiling of his Fifth Symphony, but its grandeur and majesty have stood the test of time and it is now recognized as one of his greatest works. Up-and-coming conductor Nicholas Carter, Music Director of the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, leads your Colorado Symphony through all three works on the program, opening with Fauré's Pavane – a stunning take on 16th century Spanish court dances – and a delightful introduction to an evening of symphonic exuberance.