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8 June 2015, 14:15
The brilliant conductor Marin Alsop popped by the Classic FM office and happened to have her score of Rachmaninov’s Symphonic Dances with her. So we asked her to talk us through how to conduct this epic piece.
Thoughtlessly, Rachmaninov’s Symphonic Dances opens with a rest, which causes the conductor a headache before the piece even begins, as Marin explains:
We asked Marin to talk us through the section she thinks is the hardest for the conductor. It comes towards the end of the second movement, she says:
You know the end of the Symphonic Dances where the piece gets a bit crazy, with cymbals crashing and a major part for huge gong. THAT PART. That’s Marin’s favourite part. Think it would be ours too…
And it's really straight-forward.
Marin's recording of Prokofiev's Symphony No.3 with the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra is out now and available on iTunes and Amazon. Her recording of Bernstein's Missa Brevis, Symphony No.3 'Kaddish' and The Lark is out in September.