After his First Symphony flopped, Sergei Rachmaninoff briefly switched careers. A London critic wrote, "It was such a spectacle as has rarely been seen anywhere in the Empire." Photo illustration by Jeff Curnow/Wikimedia Commons/Library of Congress hide caption

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Serge Rachmaninoff, photographed in 1919, somewhere outside of San Francisco. Wikimedia Commons hide caption

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Rachmaninoff: An American Without Assimilation

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Conductor Andris Nelsons led the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Tanglewood Festival Chorus Thursday in Prokofiev's Alexander Nevsky at Carnegie Hall in New York. AJ Wilhelm for NPR hide caption

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A Tale Of Two Sergeys: Boston Symphony Orchestra At Carnegie Hall

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Cameron Carpenter's new album, If You Could Read My Mind, comes out Aug. 26. Thomas Grube/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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If You Could Read My Mind

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Yuja Wang at NPR's studio in Washington, D.C. Denise DeBelius/NPR hide caption

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Yuja Wang: Rooted In Diligence, Inspired By Improvisation

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Leonard Slatkin leads the Detroit Symphony Orchestra at the Spring for Music festival at Carnegie Hall. Torsten Kjellstrand/for NPR hide caption

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Spring For Music: Detroit Symphony Orchestra At Carnegie Hall

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Nikolai Lugansky carries on the tradition of the grand Russian pianist. Frank Stewart/ Savannah Music Festival hide caption

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Nikolai Lugansky's Power And Repose

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Hear Earl Wild, At Age 90, Discuss His Career With Fred Child

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Erich Kunzel Remembered on 'Morning Edition'

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Beaux Arts Trio Bids Farewell At Tanglewood

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