Then & Now 3/27: Rachnaninoff's Disaster

Sergei Rachmaninoff

On this date in 1897, Rachmaninoff’s Symphony No. 1 had its premiere in St. Petersburg, in a notoriously bad performance conducted by Alexander Glazunov.  The performance was so bad that the Symphony wasn’t performed for nearly 50 years and was given up for lost.  We’ll of course it’s been found, and there have been many fine performances since then (it helps when the conductor is sober.  Legend has it that Glazunov was quite drunk when he led the premiere…that could explain things a bit!) 

You can hear what promises to be a first rate performance when the Florida Orchestra plays the Rachmaninoff Symphony No. 1 on their concerts this weekend in Tampa, St. Pete, and Clearwater.  The program also includes the Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 2, and some Ravel with guest conductor and pianist Ignat Solzhenitsyn.  Tickets and information are online at

Air Date: 
Monday, March 27, 2017 - 8:00am