Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Russian to Choose a Favourite

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Russian to Choose a Favourite

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IN the competition to find the region's favourite symphony, it's the turn of Rachmaninov and Shostakovich to throw their batons into the hat for your vote.

Run by Orchestra North East, with Lowes Financial Management and in association with The Journal, the competition will see the orchestra perform the symphony with the most votes at The Sage Gateshead in aid of the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation.

Visit www.journallive.co.uk/culture and click on the link to vote. For concert tickets call 0191 443 4661 or visit www.thesagegateshead.org Rachmaninov's 2nd You have only to think of Brief Encounter to hear Sergei Rachmaninov's stirring score - and indeed the popularity of his second piano concerto, which provided the classic film's backdrop, played a vital role in his second symphony.

It helped restore his self-confidence after the criticism which greeted the Russian's first symphony in 1897, plunging him into writer's block and depression for more than three years. …

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