Sergei Rachmaninoff was a Russian composer born in 1973. One of the last Romanticists of classical Russian music, he is also considered one of the best pianists of his day. In the beginning, Rachmaninoff was influenced by Tchaikovsky, but as he got older, he began to take on his own style, which can be seen and heard in his First Symphony, which has sweeping melody, but also harsh conductorial gestures. At a time of artistic objectivism and austerity, his emotive pieces were seen as out of date, and frowned upon by critics. Audiences, on the other hand, adored him.
As part of the Rachmaninoff: Inside Out Series series, the London Philharmonic Orchestra will be performing several concerts at the Southbank Centre between 17th September 2014 - 28th June 2015.
Six conductors, whom are to be led by Artistic Advisor, Vladimir Jurowski, will carry you on a journey through Rachmaninoff's major works, including three symphonies, an opera, cantata, and his piano concertos.
Tickets range from £9-35, and the series will include guest musicians, such as the Youth Orchestra of Bahia, who will open Inside Out with Symphony No. 1.
Performances to follow will include Isle of the Dead, Symphonic Dances, Concert Overture, Op.12, and many more.