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For this symphonic poem, a young Rachmaninov found inspiration in a poem by Aleksey Konstantinovich Tolstoy, cousin to Lev Tolstoy.
The very little known dutch composer Alphons Diepenbrock, was, in his time, highly regarded as a leading composer, admired by Mahler among others.
This symphony is one of the great Scriabin frescoes. At the premiere though, the finale was omitted, considered to be too difficult to perform.
Composed in 1864, Grieg himself put a fatwa on it: ‘It must never be performed’.
Samuel Barber’s wrenching symphony n.1, here in the wonderful interpretations of the New York Philharmonic led by Bruno Walter in a 1945 recording.