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    The Champion of Romantic music

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    My first experience with Rachmaninoff was about four years ago. I heard Gregory Brown playing his Moment Musicaux 16/4, and I fell in love. Since then, I slowly expanded my Rachmaninoff library (CD"s and piano music) until I knew he would be my favorite composer.

    So far, I haven't learned any of his songs, but I'm working on that :P

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    Quote Originally Posted by trojan rabbit View Post
    The Champion of Romantic music
    Perhaps a better way of putting it would be "Champion of fin de siècle Romantic music."

    My involvement with Rachmaninoff dates back to the age of vinyl. I also heard live Rachmaninoff at my college... the first time was when a faculty member attempted Piano Concerto 2. It just seemed that he struggled with the ability to draw the necessary "big sounds" out of the piano when necessary. The second time was when the touring Moscow Philharmonic played Symphony 2. I still have the (decades old) program!

    I've previously posted that Martha Argerich's Piano Concerto 3 is safely within my "top-20" CD list. I also have the discs of the Symphonies (Philadelphia/Ormandy), having had the vinyl for these works earlier. The set was the single most motive force behind my upgrade to a carousel CD player... ('all-those-years-ago'). [Symphony 2 is broken up between two discs.]

    Yeah... thanks for the topic- and the memories. CTP
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    I love all of his preludes, here are a few:
    Prelude in C sharp minor, Op. 3, No. 2
    Prelude in G Minor, Op. 23, No. 5
    Prelude in B minor, Op. 32, No. 10
    Prelude in B Flat, Op. 32, No. 2

    Then of course I love all of his Piano Concertos. Probably his 2nd the best.
    Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini is always interesting to listen to.

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    I wasn't around in the vinyl era, however, I have his complete recordings remastered on CD from RCA

    Definitely a great collection!

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    Then of course I love all of his Piano Concertos. Probably his 2nd the best.
    Referring to hisConcertos and Symphonies, I'd say Rachmaninoff was second best.

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    Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini is always interesting to listen to.
    quite!

    It's unique, and refreshing to listen to.

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    I am a Romantic fiend, so naturally I love Rachmaninoff. My uncle, (who's not a classical person), had an old Rachmaninoff LP. He let me have it, and it's one of my favourites now.
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    A few years ago, I was listening to his 2nd Symphony for the first time(Ormandy and the Philadelphia). Needless to say, I instanty fell in love, and have been a big fan of his works ever since.
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    Rachmaninoff is so unique; the colors he coaxes out of instruments are astounding. He is officially one of my new favorite composers.
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    I'm so glad you guys like him, his second symphony is definitely the best (in my humble, quiet opinion )

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    The Champion of Romantic music
    Indeed! He was a true champion. I hold him very dear.
    His piano concertos send ripples in a lake on a moonlit night.
    His Preludes for piano are like gems in a necklace. His Prelude in C Sharp Minor. Op.3 No.2 - I call it the Death Knoll Prelude as if bells are tolling for you.
    The Isle of the Dead is a beautiful tone poem with the strings reminding you of how the dead are carried over a lake.
    Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini - very few variations have been written so beautifully. The 17th being out of this world!
    The Rock is a beautiful symphonic poem when the violins, flutes and piccolo remind you of the icy chill on a wintry morning atop a huge cliff with spirits hovering around you (not as sinister as the Night on a Bald Mountain - this is more serene and ethereal with Glazunovesque touches).
    His symphonies are extremely personal. Second really stands out. Beautiful. Andre Previn has read it so well with the London symphony along with Yevgeny Svetlanov and the USSR Symphony.
    Symphonic Dances for Orchestra is another orchestral feather in his cap. In fact it is higher than his symphonies.
    My favourite composition is the Vocalise in E Minor for Soprano and Orchestra.

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    His symphonies are incredible. His piano concertos are amazing. Need I say more?

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