Sergei Vasilievich Rachmaninoff (1873 – 1943) was a Russian composer, pianist, and conductor. Rachmaninoff is widely considered one of the finest pianists of his day and, as a composer, one of the last great representatives of Romanticism in Russian classical music.
Early influences of Tchaikovsky, Rimsky-Korsakov, and other Russian composers gave way to a thoroughly personal idiom that included a pronounced lyricism, expressive breadth, structural ingenuity, and a tonal palette of rich, distinctive orchestral colors.
The piano is featured prominently in Rachmaninoff's compositional output. He made a point of using his own skills as a performer to explore fully the expressive possibilities of the instrument. Even in his earliest works he revealed a sure grasp of idiomatic piano writing and a striking gift for melody.
Compositions by Sergei Rachmaninoff appear on
Michael Kieran Harvey, piano. The first disc traces the influence of the Liszt B minor Sonata on three early 20th Century composers: Rachmaninov, Ravel and Skryabin. The second features contemporary music by Australian composer Carl Vine.
Igor and Olga Piano Duo take the listener on a first-class musical journey, with their debut CD Bon Voyage, featuring inspirational piano duo pieces from around the world.
With Ian Holtham as your guide, 'Imo Pectore' – 'music from the inner most recesses of the heart' highlights the remarkable genius of four great composers, Beethoven, Schubert, Schumann and Rachmaninov.
Piano transcriptions as you have never heard them before. This disc by Australian pianist-composer Cameron Roberts is a tour-de-force of piano virtuosity and originality.
An exhilirating performance of Rachmaninov's "Paganini Rhapsody" and Beethoven's Seventh by the Moscow State RTV Symphony Orchestra, recorded live in Moscow Radio Hall in December 1998.