The Early Years of Rachmaninoff

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This week the Great Russian Piano Tradition explores the first half of the musical life of Sergei Rachmaninoff. He was a composer of greatness and is one of the towering figures in the history of the piano.

His playing astounded many, his musical memory and sight-reading abilities were second to none and he left a body of work that's often performed to this day. Host David Dubal focuses on Rachmaninoff’s very strict musical education, his struggle with writer’s block and the compositions that poured out of him during his youth.

Program playlist:

Sergei Rachmaninoff: Prelude in C sharp minor, Op 3 No 2
Sergei Rachmaninoff, piano
Philips

Sergei Rachmaninoff: Concerto for Piano and Orchestra, No. 1 in F sharp minor, Op 1: Mvt. 3
Bryon Janis, piano; Chicago Symphony Orchestra; Fritz Reiner, conductor
Sony Classical

Sergei Rachmaninoff: Prelude: Suite No. 2 for Two Pianos, Op. 17
Lyubov Bruk and Mark Taimanov, piano
Philips

Sergei Rachmaninoff: Prelude in B minor, Op. 32 No. 10
Alexis Weissenberg, piano
Philips

Sergei Rachmaninoff: Moment musical in E flat minor, Op. 16 No. 16
Sergei Rachmaninoff, piano
Philips

Sergei Rachmaninoff: Rhapsody on a Theme of Pagaini, Op. 43: Variation XVIII: Andante cantabile
Van Cliburn, piano; Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra; Kiril Kondrashin, conductor
RCA Victor

Sergei Rachmaninoff: Etude-Tableau in C, Op. 33 No. 2
Sergei Rachmaninoff, piano
Philips

Sergei Rachmaninoff: Etude-Tableau in E-flat, Op. 33 No. 7
Sergei Rachmaninoff, piano
Philips

Sergei Rachmaninoff: Prelude Op. 32 No. 1 in C
Sviatoslav Richter, piano
Philips

Sergei Rachmaninoff: Prelude Op. 23 No. 7 in C minor
Sviatoslav Richter, piano
Philips

Sergei Rachmaninoff: Sonata No. 2, Op. 36: Mvt 3
Vladimir Horowitz, piano