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Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 2

Apr 8, 2022 - Apr 10, 2022

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Dynamic Norwegian conductor Rune Bergmann makes his Colorado Symphony debut lending elegance and expertise to the “Inextinguishable” Fourth Symphony from Nielsen. Of it, the Danish composer wrote “Music is life, and life is inextinguishable,” and indeed from the very first moment it offers an electrifying jolt of energy and rarely deviates from that dynamism. The addition of Finnish pianist Juho Pohjonen lends a distinctly Scandanavian flavor to this program. Pohjonen shows why he’s considered one of today’s most exciting pianists on Rachmaninoff’s prodigious Second Piano Concerto. Combining glorious melody and swelling orchestration, it's no secret why this is regarded as one of the best piano concertos ever written. Verdi’s Overture from La forza del destino is theatrical even in its orchestral operatics, adding a fitting flourish to an evening of symphonic exuberance.


Featured Artists
Rune Bergmann, conductor
Juho Pohjonen, piano


Repertoire
VERDI La forza del destino Overture
RACHMANINOFF Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18
NIELSEN Symphony No. 4, Op. 29 “The Inextinguishable”