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Sergey Vassilievich Rachmaninov

Sergey Vassilievich Rachmaninov (1873-1943)

Composer

Probably best known as a composer of stirringly Romantic orchestral and piano works (he was an accomplished concert pianist himself, as well as a composer), Sergei Rachmaninov is one of the most enduringly popular Russian composers of the Twentieth Century. Aside from his four piano concertos and three symphonies, he wrote a large amount of vividly pictorial programme music, two sets of formidably difficulty Preludes for the piano (just the tip of a considerable iceberg of solo-piano works) and chamber music.

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Further Reading: Rachmaninov

 Recording of the Week, Daniil Trifonov brings freshness and clarity to Rachmaninov's Piano Concertos

Russian pianist Daniil Trifonov brings his customary thoughtfulness and virtuosity to an impressive new account of one of the most familiar of all piano concertos.

 Recording of the Week, Rachmaninov's Études-tableaux from Steven Osborne

Katherine is mesmerised by the Scottish pianist’s introspective but evocative accounts of Rachmaninov’s two sets of ‘study-pictures’, out now on Hyperion.

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