Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 3
Some may remember Rachmaninoff’s Third Piano Concerto from the film Shine. It is known as one of the most difficult pieces in the piano repertoire, written by the composer to showcase his exceptional talent and blindingly fast technique. It starts with a deceptively simple, melancholic melody, but quickly becomes the Kilimanjaro of all piano concertos—one that few soloists attempt, but one that Joyce Yang, a heroine of the BPO after her last-minute fill-in performance in 2012, plays with unrivaled prowess. This thrilling program opens with two works by Kodály: Summer Evening, an idyll for chamber orchestra, and Háry János, the heroic tales of a daydreaming soldier, both of which will be recorded as part of a Kodály project for NAXOS.