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Sergei Rachmaninov (1873 - 1943)

Early Career

Monday 14 June 2004 12:00-13:00 (Radio 3)

Repeated: Monday 21 June 2004 0:00-1:00 (Radio 3)

Repeated: Tuesday 18 April 2006 12:00-13:00 (Radio 3)

Repeated: Monday 24 April 2006 0:00-1:00 (Radio 3)

Repeated: Tuesday 25 April 2006 0:00-1:00 (Radio 3)

With Donald Macleod

Sergei Rachmaninov was born within earshot of a piano in the family home at Oneg, near Novgorod.

His grandfather had studied with the Irish pianist John Field and would sit most mornings playing pieces by Chopin, Mendelssohn and Field.

To begin with Rachmaninov's family were well off, with extensive property holdings - five estates between them. Gradually though, in main due to his father's mismanagement of the family affairs, the estates had to be sold off and by the 1880s their finances were in such a dire state that the family had to sell up and move to a cramped flat in St. Petersburg.

It was there at the age of ten that Sergei Rachmaninov's musical path began in seriousness when he won a scholarship to the St. Petersburg Conservatory.

Duration:

1 hour

Playlist

Prelude in C sharp minor op. 3 no. 2
Vladimir Ashkenazy (piano)
Decca 414 417-2
CD1 Track 1

Piano Concerto No. 1, 1 st movement
Vladimir Ashkenazy (piano)
Royal Concergebouw Orchestra, Bernard Haitink (conductor)
Decca 417 613-2
CD 1 T 1

Excerpt from Aleko
Maria Guleghina (soprano)
Sergei Leiferkus (baritone)
Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, Neeme Jarvi
DG 453 453-2
CD1 T 9-10

Piano Trio no. 2 in D minor, 1 st movement
The Borodin Trio
Chandos Chan 8341
CD1 T2




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