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Rachmaninov, Sergei    1873-1943    Russia


   Piano Concerto No.1 in F# Minor Op 1
       Piano Concerto No.1 in F# Minor Op 1 1st movement (Rachmaninov)

1    Main theme is introduced by the strings, after a dramatic introductory flourish on the piano.

       Piano Concerto No.1 in F# Minor Op 1 2nd movement (Rachmaninov)

1    Main theme

       Piano Concerto No.1 in F# Minor Op 1 3rd movement (Rachmaninov)

1    The first theme is an incredibly rapid piano passage.


   Piano Concerto No.2 in C minor Op 18
       Piano Concerto No.2 in C minor Op 18 1st movement (Rachmaninov)

1    First sombre theme in C minor


2    Second theme, a more lyrical tune in Eb major.

       Piano Concerto No.2 in C Minor Op 18 2nd movement (Rachmaninov)

1    Introductory chord sequence played by the strings.


2    First theme on flute, a mysterious, wistful short tune, accompanied by piano arpeggios.


3    Second theme on clarinet, memorable, constructed out of only four different notes.

       Piano Concerto No.2 in C Minor Op 18 3rd movement (Rachmaninov)

1    Playful skippy rhythmic introduction by the strings.


2    First main theme, on piano. Very rapid spririted tune, but still using big chords. Difficult piano playing!


3    Second theme, on oboe. Another of Rachmaninov's memorable, expansive melodies.


4    Repeat of second theme, this time on the piano.


   Rhapsody on a theme by Paganini.
       Rhapsody on a theme by Paganini (complete). (Rachmaninov)

1    A brief dramatic introduction to the rhapsody.


2    Variation 1 - a skeleton of the Paganini theme.


3    The fleshed-out Paganini theme


4    Variation 7 superimposes the orchestral Paganini theme above 'Dies Irae' (Day of wrath) on the piano.


5    Famous variation 18 turns the first 4 notes of the Paganini theme upside-down.

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