Rachmaninoff's Homeland Inspiration

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Thursday, May 01, 2014

Host David Dubal shares more on the life, compositions and pianism of Sergei Rachmaninoff. Considered to be one of the greatest pianists whom ever lived, America and Europe went wild for Rachmaninoff despite his music being banned in his own country.

During the Russian Revolution, he emigrated to New York, never to return to Russia. Always longing for his beloved homeland, Rachmaninoff drew inspiration for his compositions from Russia's nature and folklore. He devoted the rest of his life's work to his instrument, touring and performing his own works far from home. 

Program playlist:

Rachmaninoff: Humoresque, Op. 10, No. 5
Vladimir Horowitz
RCA Red Seal

Rachmaninoff: Variations on a theme by Corelli, Op. 42; Intermezzo, Variations 14 & 15
Vladimir Ashkenazy

Rachmaninoff: Etude-Tableau Op. 39, No. 6 in A Minor
Barbara Nissman
Three Oranges Recordings

Rachmaninoff: Prelude Op. 23, No. 4 in D Major
Agustin Anievas
EMI Classics

Rachmaninoff: Variations on a theme of Paganini, Op. 43: Variations 19 - 24
Lang Lang; Valery Gergiev; Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre
Deutsche Grammophon

Rachmaninoff: Cadenza from Piano Concerto No. 1
Sergei Rachmaninoff; Ormandy; NY Philharmonic
Self Recorded

Rachmaninoff: Barcarolle, Op. 10, No. 3
Vladimir Horowitz
RCA Red Seal

Rachmaninoff: Finale from Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor, Op 30
Vladimir Horowitz

Rachmaninoff: Lilacs, Op. 21 No. 5
Benno Moisievitch

Comments [2]

J. Lampert

This was an exquisite broadcast—thank you, Maestro Dubal, for perpetuating the grand Russian tradition into the airwaves of the 21st century. You're one of the few forces left on this earth on which the future of classical music depends.

May. 04 2014 10:27 PM
Robert Preston from CT

Dabid Dubal belongs at WQXR like few others (and I have been a supporter of your station since I was 13 years old; I am now 72! His mastery of the piano literarature, his magnificent verbal articulation, and his pervasive educational tone are truly brilliant. His on-air charm is also enticing. Don't lose him; he is one of your greatest assets!

May. 03 2014 05:05 PM

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