Rachmaninoff http://tpr.org en San Antonio Symphony Presents Rach 2 At The Majestic http://tpr.org/post/san-antonio-symphony-presents-rach-2-majestic <p>This week’s San Antonio Symphony performance at the Majestic Theater features the second Sergei Rachmaninoff piece of the new symphony season, Piano Concerto No. 2.</p><p>"At least in the top five of the most famous of piano concertos, or the most popular ever written," Lang-Lessing said.</p><p>The featured soloist is a highly regarded pianist originally from the Philippines.</p><p>"We are very, very lucky to have the wonderful Cecile Licad playing with us this weekend, and she’s really a wonderful artist," Lang-Lessing said.</p> Mon, 04 Nov 2013 22:34:12 +0000 Jack Morgan 21350 at http://tpr.org San Antonio Symphony Presents Rach 2 At The Majestic San Antonio Symphony Adds More Moving Parts http://tpr.org/post/san-antonio-symphony-adds-more-moving-parts <p></p><p>The San Antonio Symphony debuted its new season last weekend and Musical Director and sometimes Conductor Sebastian Lang-Lessing predicts a lot of sizzle for their Friday and Saturday night performances at the Majestic.</p><p>&quot;It&rsquo;s going to be a very exciting performance for me,&quot; he said. &quot;Schumann is something &nbsp;that&rsquo;s very personal for me. I&rsquo;m very close to his music. I&rsquo;ve recorded all of his symphonies and always feature him when I can.&quot;</p> Mon, 07 Oct 2013 20:39:35 +0000 Jack Morgan 19786 at http://tpr.org San Antonio Symphony Adds More Moving Parts Award-Winning Steinway Artist Jeff Biegel Performs Saturday http://tpr.org/post/award-winning-steinway-artist-jeff-biegel-performs-saturday <p>Jeffrey Biegel talks about his upcoming recital at the First Unitarian Universalist Church this Saturday. While the topics all had something to do with great music, some are a little off topic. Biegel first talks about his new passion, tweeting; <a href="https://twitter.com/tprclassical" target="_blank">@tprclassical</a> subscribes to his tweets and he certainly has a lot to say - as do those that follow his remarks.</p><p><strong>A singular honor</strong></p> Tue, 02 Apr 2013 18:24:28 +0000 Randy Anderson 8968 at http://tpr.org Award-Winning Steinway Artist Jeff Biegel Performs Saturday A Fresh Slavonic Wind From The East… http://tpr.org/post/fresh-slavonic-wind-east <p>On "The Piano" this Sunday, a collection of riveting pieces that have Slavonic roots. First, Sergei Rachmaninoff and his new, modular approach to music; whether he consciously or unconsciously chose tolling bell patterns as a basis for his 2nd piano sonata, the effect is the same as a great festival in which, at the conclusion, all the church bells get involved.</p><p>Then there is Mily Balakirev, who explored the height of piano virtuosity with his <em>"Islamey,"</em> featuring a soloist who was never known to rein in his power and audacity - Vladimir Horowitz.</p> Fri, 14 Dec 2012 21:43:17 +0000 Randy Anderson 3295 at http://tpr.org A Fresh Slavonic Wind From The East… Rachmaninoff And Doomed Romance http://tpr.org/post/rachmaninoff-and-doomed-romance <p>This week, the Criterion Collection released <a href="http://www.criterion.com/boxsets/861-david-lean-directs-noel-coward" target="_blank">a marvelous set of David Lean films</a> based on the work of Noël Coward. Of those films (and many others), “Brief Encounter” has always been and remains a favorite of mine.&nbsp; It’s also the movie that rescued Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 for me from the realm of figure skating Olympians, and put it in what I feel is its proper place, as the soundtrack to a doomed romance!</p> Fri, 30 Mar 2012 03:23:31 +0000 Nathan Cone 25470 at http://tpr.org