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Prokofiev and Rachmaninoff

Sat / Mar 9, 2024 - 8:00PM

Domingo Hindoyan leads Prokofiev’s celebratory Fifth, with star pianist Mao Fujita interpreting Rachmaninoff.

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About this Performance

The exciting Venezuelan conductor Domingo Hindoyan leads the LA Phil in Prokofiev’s majestic Fifth Symphony, conceived by the composer as “glorifying the grandeur of the human spirit” set against the backdrop of World War II drawing to a close.

Rachmaninoff’s Second Piano Concerto—heroically challenging for the soloist, enthralling and uplifting for the audience—has been enormously popular since its premiere at the dawn of the 20th century, and Prokofiev’s Fifth Symphony was also received with enthusiastic admiration. In it, the virtuosic aspirations of Rachmaninoff’s solo protagonist become communal in a wartime paean to the human spirit. The opening panel of this triptych, which covers 70 years of Russian music in the 20th century, is Sofia Gubaidulina’s wry, evanescent tone poem about a piece of chalk with its own allegorical ambitions.

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