Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto No. 2

Gulbenkian Orchestra

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  • Conductor
  • Piano

Sergei Rachmaninov

Piano Concerto No. 2, in C minor, op. 18

— Intermission 20 min —

Richard Strauss

Also sprach Zarathustra, op. 30

Duration: 1h 40 min.

Passionate and intense musician, Nikolai Lugansky returns to Gulbenkian Música to perform the challenging Rachmaninov Concerto No. 2. In the second part, in Thus Spoke Zarathustra, Richard Strauss relates to the idea of the “superman”, developed by the German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche, as the culmination of human evolution. The majesty of Strauss’ musical creation, materialised in a symphonic poem, would be popularised by Stanley Kubrick’s cinema when he chose the music to accompany the opening of his masterpiece 2001: Space Odyssey.


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