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Do you have an all-time favorite recording of Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini? / WRTI

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It was the summer of 1934. At his villa in Switzerland near Lake Lucerne, Sergei Rachmaninoff wrote his Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43 comprised of 24 variations. The Philadelphia Orchestra, conducted by Leopold Stokowski, premiered the work in November, 1934 with Rachmaninoff himself as soloist in Baltimore. It was an immediate success. The Variation No. 18 is one of the most recognizable and beloved, and has shown up in several films over the years, including Somewhere in Time starring Christopher Reeve and Jane Seymour.

The Philadelphia Orchestra, conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin, played the work this past August at Saratoga Performing Arts Center. You'll hear a recording of the performance on WRTI, Sunday, October 7 at 1 pm and Monday, October 8 at 7 pm on WRTI HD-2.

LISTEN TO Daniil Trifonov play Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Variation No. 18 with the Philadelphia Orchestra conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin & 9 OTHERS via WRTI: Philadelphia