One of the greatest pianists of all time, Rachmaninoff composed his “Symphonic Dances” after a long break from composing and a move from Europe to the US. “It should have been called just Dances,” Rachmaninoff told a newspaper reporter, “but I was afraid people would think I had written dance music for jazz orchestra.”
Poulenc & Rachmaninoff
Kayoko Dan, conductor
Kathryn Frady, soprano
CSO Chorus, Darrin Hassevoort, director
Southern Adventist University Die Meistersinger and Bel Canto Choruses, Genevieve Brown-Kibble, director
RACHMANINOFF: Symphonic Dances
After a personal tragedy and resulting religious experience, Poulenc returned to Catholicism and began writing sacred works. His celebrated Gloria, written during this emotional time, is performed by the CSO and the CSO Chorus. Although a sacred work, this piece has been called playful and even theatrical.