Russian Accents

Friday, 8 to 10 pm on HD-2 and the Classical Stream
Alec Baldwin

The piano music by Sergei Rachmaninoff and Igor Stravinsky was recorded in live performances by Alexander Toradze and members of the Toradze Piano Studio.   Alec Baldwin is your host with commentary by Stravinsky, Alexander Toradze, Valery Gergiev and Joseph Horowitz.  They explore the life and music of two master Russian composers, both of whom were also important pianists, and both of whom emigrated to the United States.

In addition to sizzling live performances by Toradze and members of the Toradze Piano Studio, the program includes piano recordings by Rachmaninoff and Stravinsky.  The repertoire ranges from such favorite works as Rachmaninoff's Third Piano Concerto and Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring (in a two-piano version by the composer), to such rarities as Rachmaninoff's First Piano Sonata and Stravinsky's Concerto for Two Solo Pianos.