Fridays in September
In September, Stingray Classica offers front-row seats at three prestigious broadcast premieres of some of the most legendary pianists of our time. Delight in the virtuosic talents of Russian pianist Vladimir Horowitz (1903-1989) and Chinese pianist Lang Lang on Fridays, September 18 and 25. Legendary pianist Vladimir Horowitz (1903-1989) won his first praise for his interpretation of Sergei Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 3 from none other than the composer himself. Fifty years later, on September 24, 1978, Horowitz electrified his audience once again with his performance of this monumental work. At the Cleveland Orchestra's annual Anniversary Gala, music director Franz Welser-Möst led a program featuring pianist Lang Lang as soloist. The concert touches on over a century of Viennese musical traditions, with Lang Lang performing W. A. Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 24.
Rachmaninoff - Piano Concerto No. 3, Op 30
Friday, 18 September
The legendary pianist Vladimir Horowitz (1903-1989) won his first praise on his interpretation of Rachmaninoff's Third Piano Concerto from the composer himself. When Rachmaninoff heard the young Kiev-born pianist play his work shortly after Horowitz's arrival in New York in 1928, he exclaimed: "He swallowed it whole." Fifty years later, on September 24, 1978, Horowitz electrified his audience once again with this monumental work. Accompanied by the New York Philharmonic under Zubin Mehta, he gave a special performance of this work as part of the celebrations honoring his U.S. debut 50 years earlier. His unforgettable account was recorded live on video and broadcast simultaneously throughout the United States. It was the last time Horowitz played the Third in his lifetime. The work itself, reverently called "Rach 3" by pianists brave enough to tackle its monstrous technical challenges, achieved international celebrity of a different kind in recent years.
Cleveland Orchestra - Centennial Celebration
Friday, 18 September
For the Anniversary Gala, Cleveland Orchestra Music Director Franz Welser-Möst led a program featuring pianist Lang Lang as soloist. The program offered works touching on more than a century of Viennese musical traditions with Lang Lang performing Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 24. The pianist made his Cleveland Orchestra debut in 2000 at Blossom Music Center and most recently performed with the Orchestra in 2014 at Severance Hall. The remainder of the concert features the Wiener Blut Waltzes, Opus 354 by Johann Strauss, Jr., the Fantasie from R. Strauss' Die Frau ohne Schatten and Ravel's La Valse, which dramatically evokes the changing artistic worlds between the 19th and 20th centuries. Recorded at Severance Hall, Cleveland on September 29th, 2018.