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Late Night With Rachmaninoff's 4th

Posted at 1:17 AM on February 3, 2010 by Ward Jacobson
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Sergei Rachmaninoff came to America in the wake of the Bolshevik Revolution - all he brought with him was his family and his talent.

Rachmaninoff had to make money quickly, so he put composition and conducting on the shelf and went on extensive concert tours as a pianist. It wasn't until 1926 that he felt secure enough to take a break and start writing again.

Stay up late tonight and hear the end result of some of that writing - Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 4, played by Peter Donohoe with the Hong Kong Sinfonietta. Our weekly Euro Classic concert was recorded in February, 2009 at Hong Kong's Kwai Tsing Theatre and an exclusive performance awaits you tonight (12:05am, Thursday) on Classical Minnesota Public Radio.