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The Joy of Rachmaninoff

Tom Service takes a journey through Russia on the trail of the melodies of Russian giant Sergei Rachmaninoff. A celebration of a composer's musical triumph over critical adversity.

Tom Service takes a cinematic journey through Russia on the trail of the wondrous yet melancholic melodies of Russian giant Sergei Rachmaninoff. A celebration of a composer's musical triumph over critical adversity and Soviet terror, with performances and contributions from Vladimir Ashkenazy, Denis Matsuev, Steven Isserlis, Stephen Hough, Vladimir Jurowski, Lucy Parham and James Rhodes.

1 hour

Last on

Wed 15 May 2019 02:00

Music Played

Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes

  • Sergey Rachmaninov

    Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, op. 18

    Performer: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: André Previn. Performer: Vladimir Ashkenazy.
    • Decca.
  • Sergey Rachmaninov

    Symphony No. 1 in D minor, op. 13

    Performer: Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. Conductor: Vladimir Ashkenazy.
    • Decca.
  • Sergey Rachmaninov

    Symphonic Dances, op.45 - Non allegro

    Performer: Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. Conductor: Vladimir Ashkenazy.
    • Decca.
  • Sergey Rachmaninov

    Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, op 43 Variation 18

    Performer: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: André Previn. Performer: Vladimir Ashkenazy.
    • Decca.
  • Sergey Rachmaninov

    Aleko - Duet and Finale

    Performer: Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Neeme Järvi. Performer: Sergei Petrovich Leiferkus. Performer: GöteborgsOperans Kör.
    • Decca.
  • Sergey Rachmaninov

    Prelude in C sharp minor, op.3 no. 2

    Performer: James Rhodes.
  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    Piano Concerto No. 1 in B flat minor, op.

    Performer: Philharmonia of Russia. Conductor: Dmitry Yablonsky. Performer: Konstantin Scherbakov.
    • Naxos.
  • Sergey Rachmaninov

    Symphony No. 1 in D minor, op. 13

    Performer: Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. Conductor: Vladimir Ashkenazy.
    • Decca.
  • Giacomo Puccini

    La Boheme - Vecchia Zimarra

    Conductor: Rosario Bourdon. Performer: Feodor Chaliapin.
    • Pearl.
  • Sergey Rachmaninov

    Trio elegiaque No. 2 in D minor, op. 9

    Performer: Beaux Arts Trio. Performer: Menahem Pressler. Performer: Isidore Cohen. Performer: Bernard Greenhouse.
    • Decca.
  • Sergey Rachmaninov

    Fate

    Performer: Alexander Vinogradov. Performer: Iain Burnside.
  • Sergey Rachmaninov

    Vocalise, op.34 no. 14

    Performer: Sydney Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Vladimir Ashkenazy.
    • Chandos.
  • Sergey Rachmaninov

    Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor, op. 3

    Performer: Denis Matsuev.
  • Sergey Rachmaninov

    Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, op. 18

    Performer: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: André Previn. Performer: Vladimir Ashkenazy.
    • Decca.
  • Sergey Rachmaninov

    Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, op. 18

    Performer: Lucy Parham.
  • Sergey Rachmaninov

    Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, op. 18

    Performer: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: André Previn. Performer: Vladimir Ashkenazy.
    • Decca.
  • Sergey Rachmaninov

    Cello Sonata, op. 19

    Performer: Steven Isserlis. Performer: Sam Heywood.
  • Sergey Rachmaninov

    Prelude No. 5 in G minor, op. 23

  • Sergey Rachmaninov

    Vocalise, op.34 no. 14

    Performer: Sydney Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Vladimir Ashkenazy.
    • Chandos.
  • Sergey Rachmaninov

    Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor, op. 3

    Performer: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: André Previn. Performer: Vladimir Ashkenazy.
    • Decca.
  • Sergey Rachmaninov

    Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor, op. 3

    Performer: Denis Matsuev.
  • Sergey Rachmaninov

    The Isle of the Dead, op. 29

    Performer: Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Edo de Waart.
    • Decca.
  • Sergey Rachmaninov

    Vespers No. 1, op. 37

    Performer: Epiphoni.
  • Sergey Rachmaninov

    Vespers No. 6, op. 37

    Performer: Epiphoni.
  • Sergey Rachmaninov

    Symphony No. 2 in E minor, op. 27

    Performer: London Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Walter Weller.
    • Decca.
  • William Christopher Handy

    St Louis Blues

    Performer: Louis Armstrong.
    • Sony Music Entertainment.
  • Sergey Rachmaninov

    Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor, op. 3

    Performer: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: André Previn. Performer: Vladimir Ashkenazy.
    • Decca.
  • Sergey Rachmaninov

    Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor, op. 3

    Performer: Stephen Hough.
  • Sergey Rachmaninov

    Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor, op. 3

    Performer: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: André Previn. Performer: Vladimir Ashkenazy.
    • Decca.
  • Sergey Rachmaninov

    Variations on a Theme of Corelli, op. 42

    Performer: Mikhail Pletnev.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
  • Sergey Rachmaninov

    Symphony No. 3 in A minor, op. 44

    Performer: Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. Conductor: Vladimir Ashkenazy.
    • Decca.
  • Sergey Rachmaninov

    Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, op 43 Variation 18

    Performer: Dmitry Mayboroda.
  • Sergey Rachmaninov

    Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, op 43 Variation 18

    Performer: Lucy Parham.
  • Igor Stravinsky

    The Firebird

    Performer: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Sir Simon Rattle.
    • Warner Classics.
  • Sergey Rachmaninov

    Symphonic Dances, op.45 - Non allegro

    Performer: Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. Conductor: Vladimir Ashkenazy.
    • Decca.
  • Sergey Rachmaninov

    Vespers No. 5, op. 37

    Performer: Epiphoni. Performer: Epiphoni. Composer: Sergey Rachmaninov.

Credits

Role Contributor
Presenter Tom Service
Producer Ben Whalley
Director Ben Whalley
Executive Producer Mark Cooper
Participant Vladimir Ashkenazy
Participant Denis Matsuev
Participant Steven Isserlis
Participant Stephen Hough
Participant Vladimir Jurowski
Participant Lucy Parham
Participant James Rhodes

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