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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.