Borodin’s musical tableau depicts the vastness of the Russian Steppes and the passing of a caravan as it makes its way across the immense desert to the exotic East. Rising out of mysterious depths, Rachmaninov quickly lets loose the first of many striking themes that litter his Second Piano Concerto. It exhibits a youthful confidence in a mature work full of sincere, heartfelt passion that still continues to captivate audiences. Although an early work, Rimsky-Korsakov’s masterful abilities for orchestral colour and tunefulness are already evident and especially magical in his Symphony No.2. Exotic folk tales, such as the legend of the famous Arab poet and adventurer-warrior Antar, never ceased to fascinate him throughout his life.
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