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Today in WMH: Young Rachmaninov is Slammed

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3/27 Today in Weird Music History: 1897.  Sergei Rachmaninov’s Symphony No. 1 has a terrible premiere, prompting an elder statesman of the Mighty Five, Cesar Cui to write: “If there were a conservatory in Hell, if one of its were ordered to write a symphony on the Plagues of Egypt, and if he were to compose one like Mr. Rachmaninov’s, he would have succeeded brilliantly.”

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1 Comment

  1. crackladen says:

    Part of the blame can be attributed to one of music’s five greatest raging alcoholics, Alexander Glazunov, who apparently did a downright pitiful job conducting. I wonder what the response would have been had the leadership and control elements been properly in place. As it is, it’s making a bit of a comeback – it’s a pretty rad piece. You ever had the chance to conduct it?

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