Piano Concerto no 2 by Sergei Rachmaninoff, Friday at Radio Hall

Famous “Piano Concerto no 2 in C minor Op 18” for piano and orchestra by Sergei Rachmaninoff and the “Polovtsian Dances” by Alexander Porfiryevich Borodin will be performed by the National Radio Orchestra on Friday at 7 pm at the Radio Hall in Bucharest, Mediafax reports.
If the first masterpiece inspired the main theme of the song “All by Myself” which gained fame especially through Celine Dion’s interpretation, and was included in many movies’ score, the “Polovtsian Dances” were used by Julio Iglesias for the song “Quiereme” of his album “Emociones.”
Concerto no 2 for piano and orchestra performed by the National Radio Orchestra, with Mihai Ungureanu as soloist, is the most popular creation of Rachmaninoff, believed to be the last great romantic of classical music.
Strongly influenced by the Russian folklore, “Prince Igor” opera belonging to Alexander Porfiryevich Borodin is based on the anonymous epic “The Lay of Igor’s Host” (9th century) and the “Polovtsian Dances” (after the Russian name of Turkic people of Cumans, Polovtsy in Russian) are the most appreciated part of this masterpiece, which became famous after the choreographic interpretation during the stage of Ballets Russes in Paris in 1909.
Along the two works, the spectators will have the opportunity to enjoy the overture of Prince Igor opera, performed by the National Radio Orchestra, the entire event being run by Chinese conductor Jin Wang. The musician studied conducting at the Beijing Central Conservatory of Music and the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna and had the opportunity to improve with reputed conducting maestros such as Zubin Mehta and Leonard Bernstein. Special guest of the evening is pianist Mihai Ungureanu, artistic director of Oltenia Philharmonic in Craiova.
The event will also enjoy the participation of the Radio Academic Chorus, prepared by conductor Dan Mihai Goia. Tickets are available on www.bilete.ro, in the offices of the Romanian Postal Company, at the Inmedio shops labeled Bilete.ro, in the Germanos retail chain and at the ticket booth of the Radio Hall.

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