Rachmaninoff by Veronika Dzhioeva and Alexandre Tharaud At The Philharmonie de Paris

Romances, as seen by Rachmaninoff at the Philharmonie de Paris

Salle des Concerts, Philharmonie 2, Paris

Soprano Veronika Dzhioeva and pianist Alexandre Tharaud take to the stage to perform works by two of the greatest composers of all time. First we hear Twelve Romances Op. 21 by Sergei Rachmaninoff. This work is always full-bodied and grand. Rachmaninoff did not believe the composer ought to make sacrifices of sound for the benefit of the performer, so naturally, it is exhausting work for the two musicians. After this (and a short break for Alexandre Tharaud!) he returns to the stage to play Fantasy Pieces for Piano Op. 3 by Sergei Rachmaninoff. These are five works for solo piano: I. Élégie II. Prélude III. Mélodie IV. Polichinelle V. Sérénade. The Prélude in C Sharp Minor is one of Rachmaninoff’s most famous works, which was written about his worst fear: being buried alive… Finally, the concert closes with Chopin’s brooding and intimidating Fantaisie in F Minor Op. 49. Listen to these phenomenal-sounding works by two of music’s titans.