Rachmaninoff, Sergei

February 25, 2013, 7:00 pm

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Sergei Rachmaninoff – The finest example of late Russian Romanticism. This Russian composer held on to being a romantic composer well into the twentieth century, a time when his fellow composers like Stravinsky and Prokofiev were forever reinventing classical music. We will dedicate this week to explore the private life and music of this lyrically gifted pianist and composer. Rachmaninoff once said, “If you want to know me, you must know my music.”

Playlist

Episode 1

Rachmaninoff: Vespers Op. 37 (excerpt)
Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir/ Hillier
Harmonia Mundi 807504
:51

Rachmaninoff: Suite for two pianos, II (excerpt)
Argerich & Montero, pianos
EMI 58472
1:06
Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto #1 In F Sharp Minor, Op. 1,Vivace
Philadelphia Orchestra/Ormandy; Rachmaninoff, p.
RCA 61658
12:08
Rachmaninoff: Dances From Aleko: Women’s Dance & Men’s Dance
Philharmonia Orchestra
Chandos 9081
4:19, 4:59
Rachmaninoff: “The Moon Is High In The Sky” fr. Aleko
Orch./Goossens; Chaliapin, bs.
Pearl 9921
4:10
Rachmaninoff: Prelude In C-Sharp Minor, Op. 3, No. 2
Ashkenazy, p.
Decca 43666386
4:29
Rachmaninoff: Capriccio On Gypsy Themes, Op. 12,
“Caprice Bohemien”
Russian State Symphony Orchestra/Polyansky
Chandos 10104
18:45

Episode 2

Rachmaninoff: Piano Trio #2 In D Minor, Op. 9,
Trio Élégiaque, I (excerpt), III
Kogan, v.; Luzanov, vc.; Svetlanov, p.
Russian Disc 10 046
1:05, 7:27

Rachmaninoff: Symphony No. 1 in D minor, Op. 13, I, III
Russian State Symphony/Polyansky
Chandos 9822
14:09, 10:45
Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto #2 In C Minor, Op. 18, I
Philadelphia Orch/Stokowski; Rachmaninoff, p.
RCA 61265
9:49
Rachmaninoff: The Bells, I. Allegro Ma Non Tanto
Russian State Symphony/Polyansky
Chan 9759
6:07

Episode 3

Rachmaninoff: Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom, Op. 31:
X. “We Praise Thee”
The Sixteen/Christophers
Decca 000682502
2:24

Rachmaninoff: Symphony No. 2 in E minor, Op. 27, I & III
Philadelphia Orchestra/Ormandy
RCA 60132
18:49, 12:59
Rachmaninoff: Concerto for Piano No. 3 in D Minor, Op. 30:
I. Allegro ma non tanto
New York Philharmonic/Ozawa; Watts, p.
Sony 63032
15:55

Episode 4

Rachmaninoff: Vespers, Op. 37: “Come, let us Worship”
Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir/Hillier
HM 807504
2:51, :42

The Isle of the Dead, Op. 29
Russian State Symphony Orchestra/Polyansky
Chan 10104
22:12
Rachmaninoff: Suite #1 For 2 Pianos, Op. 5, IV
Argerich & Rabinovitch, pnos.
Teldec 74717
2:48
Rachmaninoff: Symphony #3 In A Minor, Op. 44, II
Philadelphia Orch/Dutoit
Lon 433181
12:38
Rachmaninoff: Suite #2 For 2 Pianos, Op. 17, IV
Ax & Bronfman, pnos.
Sony 61767
6:20
Rachmaninoff: Lilacs, Op. 21/5
Rachmaninoff, p.
RCA 7766
2:20

Episode 5

Rachmaninoff: Vespers Op. 37 (excerpt)
Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir/Hillier
Harmonia Mundi 807504
1:14

Rachmaninoff: Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini
LSO/Previn; Ashkenazy, p.
Decca 473251
23:41
Rachmaninoff: Symphonic Dances, Op. 45 (excerpts)
Philadelphia Orchestra/Ormandy
Decca 473251
11:27, 14:02
Rachmaninoff: Vocalise, Op. 34, No. 14
Detroit Symphony Orchestra/Järvi
Chandos 9261
1:41, :37