Rachmaninoff's Homeland Inspiration

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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
Philips

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
Philips

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