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BEETHOVEN: Complete Symphonies and Piano Concertos. Ludwig van Beethoven. Rachmaninoff was born in 1873 in Semyonovo, near Novgorod, in north-western Russia. He was born into a noble russian family, who had been in the service of the Russian tsars since the 16th century. His parents were both amateur pianists. Rachmaninov is regarded as one of the greatest pianists of the twentieth century. Sergei Vasilievich Rachmaninoff (Russian: Сергей Васильевич Рахманинов), 1 April 1873 - 28 March 1943, was a composer, pianist, and conductor.
Part of the coveted White Box series from Naxos, Beethoven: The Complete Symphonies and Piano Concertos is an affordable introductory set for beginners as well as an attractive item for collectors. These fine recordings were previously issued as separate albums, and the unusual arrangement of the pieces corresponds with the original releases. The nine symphonies, recorded in 1995, are presented on the first five CDs; the 1988 performances of the piano concertos and the Rondo in B flat major are assigned to the three remaining discs.
Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto Number 2, in C minor, Opus 18, was composed between the autumn of 1900 and April of 1901. He made an arrangement for two pianos in 1901. Virtuosic and packed with great melodies, the work is one of the most popular in the classical music repertoire and has been used in several pieces of popular music. A Russian piano virtuoso, Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873 - 1943) was one of the last great composers of the Romantic era of music.
His piano concertos in particular, quintessential framework of the "romantic" concerto, as explained by André Lischke, Russian music specialist. A somewhat paradoxical fact when considering that these concertos were written only a decade before the piano concertos by Sergei Prokofiev. So great was his motivation that he composed the second and third movements each in only two and a half days! The young composer was so confident that, during the rehearsals, he did not hesitate to stand up to the conductor and director of the conservatoire Vassili Safonov. They are far too sentimental, despite the fact that Rachmaninoff was not. He was romantic, full of emotion, but never in poor taste, never excessive", says the pianist György Sandor (Laeticia Le Guay).
The Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor, Op. 30, composed in 1909 by Sergei Rachmaninoff, has the reputation of being one of the most technically challenging piano concertos in the standard classical repertoire. Following the form of a standard concerto, the piece is in three movements: Allegro ma non tanto (D minor → B♭ major → A minor → D Minor). The first movement revolves around a diatonic melody that soon develops into complex pianistic figuration.
18: II: Adagio sostenuto (featured in "Brief Encounter"), Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No. 2 In C Minor, Op. 18: I. Moderato and 6 more tracks from this album here for free. More albums by this artist. Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No. 18: III: Allegro scherzando. 18: II: Adagio sostenuto (featured in "Brief Encounter"). Moderato. Piano Concerto No. 1 in F-Sharp Minor, Op. 1: III. Allegro vivace.