Ilya Yakushev

Intermezzo
3:38 pm
Fri December 6, 2013

Rachmaninoff and Prokofiev: A conversation with Ilya Yakushev and Lonnie Klein

Acclaimed Russian pianist Ilya Yakushev, and Las Cruces Symphony Orchestra conductor Lonnie Klein
Credit Leora Zeitlin

The Russian composer Sergei Rachmaninoff suffered a three-year depression before a doctor used hypnotherapy to bring him out of it, which enabled him to write his second Piano Concerto, one of his most beloved and famous works. Russian pianist Ilya Yakushev and LCSO conductor Lonnie Klein came to the KRWG studios to discuss with Intermezzo host Leora Zeitlin whether it is important to know such stories when performing music, some of the similarities and differences between Rachmaninoff and Sergei Prokofiev, and more. Recorded on December 6, 2013.

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Intermezzo
3:51 pm
Fri February 1, 2013

Sharing the Music: A Conversation with Ilya Yakushev

Pianist Ilya Yakushev in the KRWG studio.
Credit Leora Zeitlin

Pianist Ilya Yakushev maintains a packed schedule of concerts, and

wherever he goes and whatever he plays, his goal is to give the audience the best music he can. “I love sharing what I do with people who come to my concerts,” he says, and the reviews he’s been receiving indicate the audience loves it as well. He was in Las Cruces for a pair of concerts with the Las Cruces Symphony Orchestra, and he came to the KRWG studios to talk with Intermezzo host Leora Zeitlin about two youthful concertos by Prokofiev and Mendelssohn, his own teachers and background, and more.

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