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Rachmaninov was well used to being branded a musical philistine, but when the accusations started coming from Medtner's own brother there was bound to be some fallout. Donald Macleod explores how the composers' relationships weathered these familial complications.

1 hour

Music Played

  • Nikolai Karlovich Medtner

    March of the Knights

    Nicolas Medtner (piano roll)

    • Private Recording.
  • Sergey Rachmaninov

    The Bells, Op. 35 - Wedding Bells

    Russian National Orchestra, Mikhail Pletnev (piano), Marina Mescheriakova (director), The Moscow State Chamber Choir, Vladimir Minin (conductor)

    • DG 4710292.
  • Nikolai Karlovich Medtner

    Sonata Tale op25/1

    Geoffrey Tozer (piano)

    • CHANDOS CHAN 9723.
  • Sergey Rachmaninov

    Paganini Rhapsody

    Sergei Rachmaninov (piano), The Philadelphia Orchestra, Leopold Stokowski (conductor)

    • RCA 82876678922.

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