Red River Radio welcomes you to a one-of-a kind radio documentary showcasing the piano music of Sergei Rachmaninoff and Igor Stravinsky, as recorded in live performances by Alexander Toradze and members of the Toradze Piano Studio. Kerry Frumkin will be your host, with commentary by Stravinsky himself, Alexander Toradze, Valery Gergiev and Joseph Horowitz, as 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. Among the many novel features of the program are observations (with musical examples) about
the relationship between Rachmaninoff’s First Symphony and his valedictory Symphonic Dances; and a comparison (with music examples) of Stravinsky’s score for his Piano Sonata with a revised score prepared by his son Soulema.