Rachmaninoff: Very Best Of -- 2CD
The romanticism of Rachmaninov’s music was immortalised in the 1940s film classic of unfulfilled love and stoicism, Brief Encounter. He was not only the finest pianist of his day but also the last truly great late Romantic composer. The technically formidable Piano Concertos may be his best-known works, the Third immortalised in the film Shine, but this 2 CD survey goes much further into his legacy. His sumptuous and lyrical Symphonies and Symphonic Dances feature alongside the sparkling Paganini Variations and the searching solo piano works. His choral masterpiece, the deeply-felt Russian Orthodox Vespers, makes an arresting contrast.