zygis on May 11th, 2009Sergei Rachmaninov Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini Op. 43 in A minor
The Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini (Russian: Рапсодия на тему Паганини, Rapsodiya na temu Paganini) in A minor, opus 43, is a concertante work (20 to 25 minutes in length), written by Sergei Rachmaninoff. It is written for solo piano and symphony orchestra, closely resembling a piano concerto. The work was written at Villa Senar, according to the score, from July 3 to August 18, 1934. Rachmaninoff himself, a noted interpreter of his own works, played the solo piano part at the piece’s premiere at the Lyric Opera House in Baltimore, Maryland, on November 7, 1934 with the Philadelphia Orchestra, conducted by Leopold Stokowski.
zygis on May 10th, 2009Sergei Rachmaninov Piano Concerto Op. 40 No.4 in G minor
Sergei Rachmaninoff completed his Piano Concerto No. 4 in G minor, Op. 40 in 1926 and the work currently exists in three versions. Following its unsuccessful premiere he made cuts and other amendments before publishing it in 1928. With continued lack of success, he withdrew the work, eventually revising and republishing it in 1941. The original manuscript version was released in 2000 by the Rachmaninoff Estate to be published and recorded. The work is dedicated to Nikolai Medtner, who in turn dedicated his Second Piano Concerto to Rachmaninoff.
zygis on Apr 20th, 2009Sergei Rachmaninov Piano Concerto Op. 30 No. 3 in D minor
The Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor, Op. 30 by Sergei Rachmaninoff (colloquially known as “Rach 3″) is famous for its technical and musical demands on the performer. It has the reputation of being one of the most difficult concertos in the standard piano repertoire.
zygis on Apr 17th, 2009Sergei Rachmaninov Piano Concerto Op. 18 No. 2 in C minor
Piano Concerto No. 2, Op. 18, is a work in C minor for piano accompanied by orchestra, composed by Sergei Rachmaninoff between the autumn of 1900 and April 1901. The second and third movements were first performed with the composer as soloist on 2 December 1900. The complete work was premiered, again with the composer [...]
zygis on Apr 17th, 2009Sergei Rachmaninov Piano Concerto Op. 1 No. 1 in F sharp minor
Sergei Rachmaninoff composed his Piano Concerto No. 1 in F-sharp minor, Op. 1, in 1892, when he was 19 years old. He dedicated the work to Alexander Siloti. He revised the work thoroughly in 1917.
zygis on Mar 23rd, 2009Frédéric Chopin Grand Fantasia on polish theam Op. 13
Grand Fantasia on polish theam Op. 13 sheet music
Grand Fantaisie on Polish Themes, Op 13
zygis on Feb 24th, 2009Frédéric Chopin Variations on Mozart’s ‘La ci darem la mano’, for piano and orchestra, Op.2
Vestard Shimkus: piano
Jonathan Darlington: conductor
National Orchestra of France
Valentina Lisitsa 1/2 part
Valentina Lisitsa 2/2 part
Variations on Mozart’s ‘La ci darem la mano’, for piano and orchestra, Op.2 sheet music
zygis on Feb 24th, 2009Frédéric Chopin Piano Concerto Op. 21 No. 2 in F minor
Frédéric Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in F minor, Op. 21, was composed in 1830, before he had finished his formal education — he was around 20 years old. It was first performed on March 17, 1830, in Warsaw, Poland, with the composer as soloist. It was the second of his piano concertos to be published (after the Piano Concerto No. 1), and so was designated as “No. 2,” although it was written first.
zygis on Feb 24th, 2009Frédéric Chopin Piano Concerto Op. 11 No. 1 in E minor
The Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor, Op. 11 by the Polish composer Frédéric Chopin was composed in 1830. It was first performed on 11 October of that year, in Warsaw, with the composer as soloist, during one of his “farewell” concerts before leaving Poland.
zygis on Feb 24th, 2009Frédéric Chopin Krakowiak, for piano and orchestra, Op.14
Piano: Wilhelm Fischer
Conductor: Zoltan Raine
Orchestra:Filarmonica de Silesia
Krakowiak, for piano and orchestra, Op.14 sheet music
zygis on Feb 24th, 2009Frédéric Chopin Andante spianato et Grande Polonaise brillante Op. 22 in E flat major
Andante spianato et Grande Polonaise brillante in E-flat major, Op. 22, was composed by Frédéric Chopin between 1830 and 1834. The Grande Polonaise brillante in E-flat, set for piano and orchestra, was written first, in 1830-31. In 1834, Chopin wrote an Andante spianato in G, for piano solo, which he added to the start of the piece, and joined the two parts with a fanfare-like sequence. The combined work was published in 1836 as Op. 22, and was dedicated to Madame d’Este.