Rachmaninov’s Second Symphony in E minor

Sergei Rachmaninov

Sergei Rachmaninov and his Second Symphony in E minor will be featured this week (November 17, 2020) on The Joy of the Orchestra, which is the LaGrange Symphony Orchestra’s weekly radio show hosted by Maestro Richard Prior.  The program airs every Tuesday at 7:30 on WELR (Eagle 102.3 FM) until December 15th 2020. This is the eighth episode of the series, and each show features new and exciting music performed by the LSO as well as other notable Orchestras. This week’s performance of Rachmaninov’s Second Symphony in E minor is by the Orchestra of the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, Evgeny Svetlanov conducting.

Written over the course of 1906 to 1907, this symphony was a significant composition in Rachmaninov’s career.  This epic work is one of his most popular.   It is contained within four movements.  Each movement is perfectly able to stand on its own, but here, we present the entire symphony in its complete context.  You will be captivated by this show.  Listen for influences from Tchaikovsky and Borodin during the broadcast.  It’s possible this Rachmaninov work may be on the radar for a future LSO performance at Callaway Auditorium in LaGrange, Georgia.

What will we hear this week?

The incredibly beautiful work of Sergei Rachmaninov and his Second Symphony in E minor.  Performed by the Orchestra of the Bolshoi Theatre, Moscow with Russian conductor, Evgeny Svetlanov.

How to Participate

Listen with a radio or online Tuesdays at 7:30 PM.  The station is WELR (Eagle 102.3 FM).  On your radio, simply tune to that frequency 102.3 FM.  If you want to listen online (with your computer or smart device) this station can be accessed HERE, or via a handy button on the LaGrange Symphony’s website homepage (https://www.lagrangesymphony.org).  This button is gold in color and says “LISTEN LIVE HERE”.  Read more about our 2020-2021 Season HERE.

About the Weekly Radio Show

The Joy of the Orchestra with the LaGrange Symphony’s Richard Prior is a weekly radio show airing every Tuesday night at 7:30 PM on WELR (Eagle 102.3 FM).  Maestro Richard Prior gives insight into different music each week.  These featured works are from live performances by the LaGrange Symphony and by other notable Orchestras. This LSO radio show will run until Mid-December.

Posts about Previous Radio Show Episodes are listed below.

Episode 7: Sounds of Drama – Star Wars, Star Trek, The Dambusters and more

Episode 6: A Little (Election) Night Music – Mozart

Episode 5: Sounds of Dance – Piazzolla, Ravel, Marquez, Copland

Episode 4: Planets – Holst (Episode 2 re-aired)

Episode 3: Women in Music – Boulanger, Mendelssohn, Price

Episode 2: Planets – Holst

Episode 1: Bernstein, Mozart, Beethoven

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