Pianist of Most Popular Recording ever of Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 2 Coming to Victoria to Perform It with Victoria Symphony
Victoria, BC – September 24, 2015
Anna Fedorova has the most popular recording ever of Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 2, and will make her Victoria debut playing the technically demanding piano concerto. Conductor David Danzmayr, leads the orchestra through Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5.
Appearing for the first time in Victoria, David Danzmayr is a conductor on the rise. Born and trained in Austria, Danzmayr spent the past three years as Music Director of the Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra and recently accepted the post as Principal Conductor of the Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra in Croatia. While Danzmayr says he is strongly influenced by Pierre Boulez and enjoys programming American works like John Cage’s 4’33’, the concerts on October 3 and 4 feature two of the most frequently played works in the classical repertoire: Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 5 and Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 2. “Music must grab the audience,” Danzmayr told a Bavarian newspaper last week, and there is little doubt that the concerts will do that. Tchaikovsky’s Fifth, with its recurring melody woven seamlessly throughout four movements is universally beloved, and Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 demands a level of technical skill and lyricism available to only the most talented artists.
Internationally-acclaimed pianist Anna Fedorova certainly has the required artistry to perform Rach 2. Although she is just 25, millions of people have already seen her perform this adored concerto. In 2013, Fedorova played it with the Royal Concertgebouw in Amsterdam that was recorded and posted to youtube. Two years later, with over 4.5 million views, it is the most popular recording of the piece ever made.
The next most popular recording of Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 was made by the composer himself. Though Rachmaninoff trained as both a pianist and a composer, he was primarily renowned in his lifetime for his performances. His first work, Prelude in C Sharp Minor, was published when he was just 19 and created a sensation because of its distinctive chords requiring enormous hands. The Piano Concerto No. 2 was similar, with immense chords demanding the fingers stretch up to a foot wide, and was considered unplayable by most performers of the day. Rachmaninoff benefitted from this immensely, as he was able to perform the solo himself at most presentations of the work. Though Anna Fedorova’s performance of the concerto will be her debut in Victoria, it will be her eighth time performing the piece this year.