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KUAF Sunday Symphony for August 2, 2015: Rachmaninov's 'Flesh & Blood'

Whether joyous, turbulent, or forlorn, the music of Rachmaninov is always powerful. In the liner notes for this recording by the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, the depth of his “Symphony No. 3 in A minor, Op. 44” is perfectly characterized: “Lingering moments of bitter-sweet sadness laced with an almost Shostakovichian irony and fury course through its Indian summer pages. […] Maybe in life Rachmaninov cut a skeletal figure, but his music could not have been more flesh and blood.” Hear this performance and more on this week’s Sunday Symphony.

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