“Ravishing Rachmaninoff”: DSO with Julian Rachlin at Orchestra Hall, Detroit, 2-11-2012
An appropriately packed house bore witness to a rapturous perfomance of Dmitri Shostakovich‘s Violin Concerto No. 1 in A Minor, Op. 99 featuring Lithuanian-Austrian violinist Julian Rachlin at Orchestra Hall in Detroit on Saturday, February the 11th as part of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s “Ravishing Rachmaninoff” concert. Over the course of his celebrated 23-year career Rachlin became the youngest soloist ever to play with the vaunted Vienna Philharmonic, produced numerous acclaimed recordings for Sony Classical, Warner Classics and Deutsche Grammaphon, and currently serves as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador for Lithuania. Rachlin plays an Antonio Stradivari violin made in 1704 named the “Ex-Liebig” with a back story as captivating as the musician himself.
In addition to accompanying Rachlin’s virtuosity, the DSO, conducted by seven-time Grammy award winning Music Director Leonard Slatkin, also performed Sergei Rachmaninoff‘s Symphonic Dances, Op. 45 and two very well received pieces by contemporary American composer Cindy McTee (who also happens to be Slatkin’s wife), including her renowned 2004 work, “Einstein’s Dream“ . Click on our links to learn more about the national and local critical reception of this very progressive McTee composition. ~I♥DM