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Genius Against Tyrant
Featuring Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini performed by Dmitri Levkovich.
Edvard Tchivzhel, conductor
Dmitri Levkovich, piano
Rachmaninoff: Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43
Shostakovich: Symphony No. 10, Op. 93, E minor (110th Birthday of Shostakovich)
Winner of seventeen international piano competitions, the young Canadian virtuoso, Dmitri Levkovich will captivate and shine in Rachmaninoff’s beautiful and incredibly popular Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini. Written after Stalin’s death, the Tenth Symphony of D. Shostakovich depicts the suffering and struggles of the Russian people under Stalin’s yoke, resistance to oppressions, and, finally, unrestrained joy of liberation which is boiling in the victorious last movement. The terrifying second movement, Scherzo, draws a brutal, violent image of the blood-thirsty dictator.