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Russia has given the classical world many gifts, but perhaps the greatest is an unrivaled repertoire for the piano. The music is romantic, demanding and suffused with the passion of the Slavic soul.
The Great Russian Piano Tradition is a new series dedicated to Russian composers and performers. Over the course of 13 weeks, scholar David Dubal traces the history of piano music in Russia and captures the larger-than-life characters who have brought it to life.
Dubal presents carefully curated programs on Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Sergei Rachmaninoff and Sergei Prokofiev as well as lesser-known composers such as Nikolai Medtner, Sergei Taneyev and Sergei Lyapunov. You’ll hear a range of soloists, with a special focus on the undisputed giants of the instrument: Vladimir Horowitz, Sviatoslav Richter and Emil Gilels.