The Armenian State Symphony Orchestra is preparing for one of the most expected concerts of the season. Not only is a prominent pianist Alexander Romanovsky going to delight the audience with his masterly performance, but also two of the most acclaimed compositions by Sergei Rachmaninoff are going to be presented, particularly his Piano Concerto No. 3 and Symphony No. 2.
Sergei Rachmaninoff is one of the followers of Russian classical music traditions. His major scores include Spring Cantata, the operas ''The Miserly Knight'', ''Francesca da Rimini'' and “Aleko”, the Symphony No. 2, choral symphony “The Bells”, the symphonic poem “The Isle of the Dead”, and the Piano Concerto No. 2 and No. 3. The last was composed for his first concert tour in the United States, highlighting his much-acclaimed pianistic debut in 1909, with the New York Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Walter Damrosch. Piano Concerto No. 3 requires great virtuosity from the pianist; its last movement is a blazing display of bravura being the most dazzling piece ever composed. Meanwhile Rachmaninoff appeared with equal success in the role of conductor, interpreting his own symphonic compositions. Of these, the Symphony No. 2 is the most significant: it is a work of deep emotion and touching thematic material.
Notably, Rachmaninoff had friendly ties with Armenian conductor and violinist Konstantin Saradzhev and writer Marietta Shahinian. At the request of the composer, Shahinian chose the texts to most of Rachmaninoff's romances.