The Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra (MPO) celebrates the 150th birthday of renowned classical composer Sergei Rachmaninoff in concerts themed ‘Happy Birthday Rachmaninoff’ on Saturday, 1 April 2023 at 8.30 pm (sold out) and Sunday, 2 April 2023 at 3.00 pm at Dewan Filharmonik PETRONAS (DFP), KLCC. The concerts are part of the MPO’s 25th anniversary this year which celebrates glorious masterpieces from the classical music world.
Rachmaninoff’s works are known for their extravagant grandeur, unabashed appeal to the emotions, rapturous melodies, rich colours with powerful romantic surge. The MPO has curated a programme consisting of two exciting works; Symphony No.2 in E minor and Piano Concerto No.2 in C minor.
The Second Symphony has an unbroken run of popularity to this day; composed in 1907, it was written in Dresden during the composer’s escapism from Moscow. He led the premiere in St. Petersburg in 1908, followed by in Moscow and America in 1909, all to audiences’ enthusiastic responses.
The Piano Concerto No.2 is one of the most popular and romantic in the repertory. It was written at a time when Rachmaninoff had plunged into a deep melancholy. The score was dedicated to his doctor, Nicolai Dahl for his assistance throughout this period and Rachmaninoff himself became the soloist for the concerto’s premiere in 1901.
Collaborating with the MPO to perform this work is pianist Anna Fedorova; her ‘live’ recording of this Rachmaninoff’s concerto has reached 37 million views on YouTube and is highly acclaimed by critics and musicians. She has performed with renowned orchestras such as the Philharmonia Orchestra, and the Royal, Netherlands, Tokyo and Hong Kong philharmonics. The highlight for this year is the release of the complete Rachmaninoff’s concerto under Channel Classics label.
The MPO welcomes back Tokyo-born maestro Junichi Hirokami to the podium in these concerts; he has conducted the MPO in the previous seasons.
Join the MPO in this fabulous birthday celebration of the famed classical composer of the classical music world, only at DFP.
Saturday, 1 April 2023 at 8.30 pm (sold out)
Sunday, 2 April 2023 at 3.00 pm
Dewan Filharmonik PETRONAS
PETRONAS Twin Towers
Orchestra / Conductor / Soloist
Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra
Junichi Hirokami conductor
Anna Fedorova piano
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Suite: RM438 and RM488
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